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 Que’Ana!
Tell us about your family (married, significant other, children’s ages, etc.).
Married, 4 Children (4, 5, 12, 13)
Where do you live?
What do you do for a living?
Aviation industry professionally, Health & Wellness guru, Blogger.
How do you fit blogging into the mix (if it’s not your “day job”)?
I enjoy writing daily, I will write while my children are asleep and post when the time is right.
What is your typical day like?
Morning prayer/meditation, take the kids to school, work from home or in the office, after school evening activities for the kids. Basically, I’m a hands on mommy. My work life centers around them.
What’s the best thing about being a working mom? What’s the hardest thing?
The flexibility my job provides which allows me to be there for 95% of their activities. The hardest part is when I have to go into the office.
Do you experience guilt associated with being a working mom?
I seldom experience guilt; only when the 5% from my work life has to be in full effect. My days can go from a typical 8 hour work day to a 15 hour workday given the needs of the company at the time.
How do you handle day to day responsibilities (meals, laundry, cleaning, chauffeuring kids, Dr. appointments, school meetings, etc.)?
Plan, plan, plan…I write down everything! I am one of few that still writes in a calendar. I keep the calendar with me at all times. I try to schedule their dr/dental appointments around the same time every year. With this being done I’m able to plan all other “push-in” things.
Meals are planned out on Sunday’s. Their school gives a calendar at the beginning of the year. This allows me to plug in on those dates on my calendar.
I have a home organizer that comes 2x per month to do the deep cleaning; all other surface cleaning is done throughout the week. I allow the kids to assist with this too.
Laundry is done 1x per week.
Chauffeuring them around is a split between myself and my husband. His schedule is weird, but I sent him a list of the kids’ activities and the days-times with this question: “Where do you see yourself fitting in?” This allowed him to arrange his schedule to help with chauffeuring them.
What are your top 3 – 5 tips for keeping everything together?
Planning/Logistics/Organization, Staying Focused, Prayer/Meditation.
Buying kitchen gadgets. I love any type of household item. If it’s cool enough I will buy it, even if I have no intentions on using it. So then it becomes a gift for someone else.
Is there anything else you’d like to add that you think would encourage other working moms?
It’s very important to have a spiritual connection and “self-time.” I usually take a “selfie” daily. This can be a full day or even a few minutes. I usually use my prayer and meditation time for self-reflection/connection and my bathroom time to refocus. Always value your purpose here on earth.
Where You Can Find Que’Ana:
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.