I recently had the honor of being asked to speak on a panel for Fashion Mamas. Fashion Mamas is the first members-only network for influential mothers who work in fashion and creative industries. Founded by fashion editor Natalie Alcala, this stylish and modern group offers monthly members-only events where mamas can network, collaborate, talk business, talk motherhood, and seek non-judgmental support — all while watching our little ones grow together. FASHION MAMAS also works with top brands to offer members exclusive rewards and produce large-scale events, including Kids Fashion Fair and the #MamasMakingIt panel. I was one of 4 women who sat on the Mamas Making It Panel in Los Angeles. I was there as a lifestyle blogger. For those of you who couldn’t make it to the panel I wanted to let you in on our conversation and my questions! My sweet husband sat in the front row to support me and my friends were there to listen. Thank you to everyone who attended!
- Tell us a little bit about your career journey; what led you to where you are today? I started my career journey as a nurse in Ohio. I chose nursing because honestly, I felt like it was the easiest way to make money and get out of my small town. I was naturally nurturing so it was a great career choice too. After I lived in Cleveland for a little while I really wanted to explore other cities, which lead me to becoming a traveling nurse and living in Los Angeles. I met my now husband, Ian after about a year in the city. We were married shortly after meeting and I got pregnant right after the honeymoon. I was a stay at home mom and found my new passion in being creative with my family. I love hosting and throwing parties so venturing into sharing these loves in the form of a lifestyle blog seemed natural for me.
- What is a typical work day like for you, from the moment you wake up? At 630 our alarm goes off every morning. Ian and I quickly debate about who is driving which kid to school. We then make breakfast and lunches and get the kids dressed and out the door. After this the rest of my day is working on content for Instagram and the blog. I have meetings with sponsors and creative meetings with friends. My creative time ends at 130 when I have to start picking up the girls. At this point it is back to mom life of activities, then preparing a home cooked dinner, then getting the girls ready for bed. The end of our day Ian and I are exhausted but we usually have an event to get ready for or just crash on the couch with a good glass of wine and one of our favorite shows.
- What has been the greatest challenge of balancing a successful career with motherhood, and how are you working through it? My true focus is my family first. My business is built on our family lifestyle so I keep it as my #1 priority!
- Did having a child inspire you to modify your career or discover a new talent? My child truly inspired me to be more creative. I always loved the arts and even wanted to go to college to pursue an education in art. I am very happy with the path I chose and feel blessed to find the inspiration in my family to do something I am so passionate about.
- What are your favorite organizational tools and/or smartphone apps? I honestly still use an old school organizer that I keep in my purse and write everything down. The apps on my phone are really for convience. I love using instacart to deliver my groceries. Going to the grocery store with 2 kids is never fun. I love using Chatbooks to get my photos instantly delivered to my house and Amazon prime for daily deliveries to avoid over crowded stores and stressful parking.
- How do you incorporate wellness and/or fitness into your busy life? I don’t find alot of time between 9 and 130 to get a workout in. Wellness for me also comes in the form of looking good so I take time to focus on beauty. I love getting my nails done and I get blow outs 2 x a week.
- How do you connect with your kid(s) when it’s time to unplug from work? My work is being a mom so I never truly get to unplug. From my phone I try to avoid being on it when my kids are engaged with me.
- Top business advice for anyone starting out in your line of work? Be authentic. If you want to be a lifestyle blogger it has to be about who you truly are. Whether you are into wellness, fashion, food or family you just can’t fake it. You won’t have enough material to keep it alive. Be you and people who enjoy seeing what you do will follow.