Welcome to the Tribe of Working Moms!
Hi, I'm Kelli.
I am a yoga-loving, working mom living in the Midwest- bringing you stories of Career and Family balance, and resources you can add to your working parent toolkit to make life a little easier. When not working or writing I can be found spending weekends sailing on Lake Michigan with my husband and almost 3-year old daughter.
I created this blog to connect with other working moms, who are trying to live a balanced life while crushing their career goals.
My goal for this blog is to spread awareness of the ongoing struggles working moms face. Whether you work a traditional 9-to-5 job, work in retail or a shift job, or work from home, we all have run into challenges while trying to navigate the work/family/life balance that we all strive for.
The content you will find on my blog brings the intersection of career and family to the center stage and focuses on showcasing the struggles, successes and the challenges that working moms face out there in the real world. I will bring you real and actionable resources to start living a more balanced career and family life!
I have real-life experience as a working mom
So, who I am I – you might ask – to write with authority on the struggles of working moms? I have worked in the corporate world for 7.5 years, and in that time have observed the many struggles that working moms have faced. I was a part of my company’s Women’s Interest Network and worked on initiatives to help working moms transition back to work after having a baby, including promoting the concept of a Mother’s Pumping Room for new moms!
Then I became a mom for the first time in 2015, and my world was totally flipped upside-down. It was one thing to help others, but when it came time for me to prepare for my return to work, it was a much different and very challenging experience.
I returned to work when my daughter was only 2 months old- not enough time spent with her in my mind- and I faced the challenge of jumping back into the working world while trying not to cry every morning. I was also breastfeeding so had to figure out the logistics of that while still trying to get through my work days on minimal sleep. This is tough stuff to deal with!
No-one ever tells you how hard it is to leave your tiny baby and try to be professional and achieve your goals all the while pumping breast milk 3x daily hoping someone won’t barge into your office by mistake. Not to mention, trying to function coherently after sleepless nights attending to a newborn’s constant needs.
Despite the struggles and the seriously difficult few months of being a new mom, I always knew I wanted to maintain a career and family, so that desire was what kept me motivated to keep going.
I am here to tell you today, that you can have a career and family and be a boss at both!
Let me preface by saying that the corporate world in America has a long way to go in order to be more fully supportive of their employees who wish to build both a family life and career.
I do not feel you should have to choose between the two. So often women are forced to make the choice to leave the workforce because companies do not offer them a reason to stay that makes sense.
The retention of new moms should be a top priority for companies, because as we all know very well – new moms have the magical capability of juggling work, babies, marriage, family life, home care, self-care, exercise, you name it.
I believe that flexibility in the workplace is the way of the future.
If you are someone who is wishing your employer was more flexible, or that you didn’t have to sacrifice your family time for work time, then this is the right place for you.
I wholeheartedly believe a balance can exist for each individual, and that you can still build a meaningful career while being fully engaged with your family.
So, grab a cup of coffee, find your favorite chair to read and explore my working mom content!
I hope to bring content that can both make your life a little easier as a working mom and educate you on some of the developments and initiatives real companies and real-life women are taking in order to create their own meaningful careers, without sacrificing their family time.
I’m taking it upon myself to create my own meaningful career, and you can too!
Life is just too short to not love what you do, and part of loving what you do includes having a balanced life that prioritizes each area that is important. Family is a big piece of the pie in working moms’ lives and it is time they are recognized for the rock stars that they truly are!