A Working Mom’s Lament (or Ode to Joy)

Posted on 26. Feb, 2014 by

I have always been a working mom, so I don’t know what it is like on the other side, although I do know that stay at home moms have it tough as well. I can only speak to what I know.Vicki (3)

I made the choice to be a working mom, at the end of the day I think it makes me a better mom. It isn’t for everyone and it isn’t easy, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.

When Mikal and I founded Juno in 2010, I knew it would be a challenge to juggle running a company and having a very busy family, however I felt strongly that it was something I wanted personally and professionally, and that I was teaching my children a valuable life lesson: that you can really make something happen instead of waiting for it to happen to you.

Yes, I get up at 5:00am almost every day, and usually don’t stop moving until about 10:00pm every night – at which time I usually fall immediately asleep, sometimes mid- sentence. But my day is filled doing things I am passionate about – building a company that I am proud of, working with people that I enjoy, helping people (candidates and clients) find the right match, meeting new and interesting people and being an active participant in my children and husband’s life. People always talk about finding balance – is there really such a thing? I really think that means very different things to everyone. Maybe I just thrive in chaos! I am not perfect and yes I am often tired and feel overwhelmed – but at the end of the day I am happy with my choices and always look forward to the next day – isn’t that what matters?

But to all the moms – working and not – don’t be so hard on yourself, take time to count your blessings and look at the good, and take the time, every once and a while, to take a deep breath, enjoy work, enjoy your kids, your family; even the chaos. Some day you will miss it all – or so I am told.