Every day this month, I will be featuring an interview with a working mom just like you. It’s called A Day in the Life of a Working Mom.
We’ll learn about what she does for work, her family life, and….her tips/tricks for getting everything done.
Today’s featured Working Mom is Natalie!
Tell us about your family (married, significant other, children’s ages, etc.).
Engaged to my Polish Prince. I have three kids: 17 year old girl, 13 year old girl, and 3-1/2 year old boy. My oldest two are from my previous marriage.
Where do you live?
I live in Winnipeg, Manitoba, which is in Canada.
What do you do for a living?
I am a Human Resources Consultant.
How do you fit blogging into the mix (if it’s not your “day job”)?
Barely, hahah! I take every break as an opportunity to write or schedule posts but otherwise I make the time because I am so passionate about it.
What is your typical day like?
Emails, meetings, investigations, training – it’s a mix of that every day, no day is the same.
What’s the best thing about being a working mom?
I love the independence and the fact that my education is being applied on a daily basis.
What’s the hardest thing?
Working full time and balancing the rest of my life
Do you experience guilt associated with being a working mom?
More often than I should 🙁 .
How do you handle day to day responsibilities (meals, laundry, cleaning, chauffeuring kids, Dr. appointments, school meetings, etc.)?
To be honest, sometimes I just don’t.
Typically my fiancé and I take some time on Sunday to meal plan for the week but extracurricular activities can mess that up.
Cleaning is the toughest and we’ve had to get some help with that from a service at times.
I truly go with the flow but always evaluate the use of my time/our time. I don’t attend a meeting unless absolutely necessary
What are your top 3 – 5 tips for keeping everything together?
- Bless the iPhone. We use the Family Calendar to stay on top of everyone’s comings and goings. I’m a techie so I use a variety of apps.
- Take time out and just say “screw everything” one evening, order pizza and watch a movie. Balance the chaos.
- Stay on top of things with planning and organization. Be proactive as much as possible. It leaves room for those emergency things that pop up.
Evernote = godsend.
Is there anything else you’d like to add that you think would encourage other working moms?
Stay focused on your goal and why you’re a working mom. Take pride in what you do and if you don’t, make a change.
What was helpful that you can apply to your work mom life?
Let me know in the comments below. If you have an extra moment, head over to give that working mom some love!
If YOU would like to be featured, send an email to raki at outsidetheboxmom dot com. If all of the October spots have been filled, I will feature your interview in a continued series.