Please tell us about your profession.
I'm a Talent Advisor at Rockwell Automation during the day. In addition to that, I am a licensed Realtor and an aspiring home renovator.
Please tell us a little bit about your family.
I have 1 son who just turned 1. My little family is my son, niece and myself.
Tell us a little more about your current project(s).
I'd like to talk about my home renovation. Bought a fixer upper and it's taken about 5-6 months to complete. I'd love to be a "house flipper," but for now it's more of a "house hacker." Where I buy a fixer upper, live in it, renovate, sell and start all over. It sounds exhausting and it is. But definitely feeds my creative side.
Explain/describe one of your proudest mom moments recently.
Honestly, it's just being able to juggle all of these activities, while being a single Mom. We totally survived one year with a happy and healthy baby!
What's the hardest part of being a working mom?
Dealing with the guilty feeling of not being there "enough" for my little guy.
What has been the biggest surprise so far in motherhood?
How much pain and change a woman's body is capable of! I mean it makes and houses a little human being. Once that being is born the body makes food (milk) for said being. Yowsers!
Is there such a thing as work/life balance?
Balance you say, what is that? Just kidding. I think it is different for each person. I'd have to say, I knew once I started a family I was going to have to say no to a lot of extra activities. For example, chairing committees, plan a fundraiser, be an executive member, or the last minute vacations, etc. So I really got all of that out of my system when I was single!
Do you have any words of advice for other working moms, especially those that are newer working moms and learning how to navigate this new world?
Babies can and will cry. So if you're slow at producing or making milk/dinner, it's OK. Your baby will be OK. You will not be able to do everything, everyday at lightening speed. You are still a loving and awesome Mom! Another one that I've had to learn fairly quickly, ask for help and take help. Your Mother might not hold your child exactly as you do, but she's there to help and you go grab your nap!
What (in your opinion) is Milwaukee's biggest opportunity to improve the lives of working moms and better support them?
I think it's an American company thing. Our maternity leave is so short compared to many countries. Also, we need more company leaders who are empathetic of new Moms. If work can be done remotely, why not let your employees work from home? Many Moms nurse and some companies don't have the rooms and culture to support such a thing. For me, the more trust and flexibility is given, the more productive I am!
What is your favorite thing about Milwaukee?
A few things actually. It's still a small town feel. People are down to Earth. There are many ways/organizations/groups that will allow for anyone who's interested in making new friends a bit easier.
Will you be dressing up (or dressing up your child) for Halloween this year? If so, what are you going as?
I would love to. The goal is to have him be baby Simba! Hopefully with the remake, there will be plenty of costumes to pick from.