Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Balancing Motherhood, Work, and Relationshps: Victoria


Victoria works at a law firm. She and her partner Chris have been together for seven years and they're in the process of adopting their two year old son Aiden. Here is how Victoria balances motherhood, work, and relationships:

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Balancing Motherhood, Work, and Relationships: Candice


Candice is a tutorial supervisor at Bergen Community College and she's an adjunct instructor. She lives with her husband Tom and their four year old son Nate in Northern New Jersey. Here is how Candice balances motherhood, work, and relationships;
 
What is your educational background and where do you work? 
I have a B.A. in creative writing from NYU, an M.A. in English from Rutgers-Camden (where I met our lovely host, Nagehan!), and an Ed.M. in English Education from Teachers College-Columbia University. (I sometimes use a joke I heard once about "having more degrees than a thermometer.") I am currently the Tutorial Supervisor at Bergen Community College and, this semester, I'm also teaching one Developmental English course as an adjunct.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Balancing Motherhood, Work, and Relationships: Theresa




Theresa is leasing administrator and renewal specialist. She lives with her 3 year old son in New Jersey. Here is how she balances motherhood, work, and relationships:

What is your educational background and where do you work? 

I graduated from Rutgers University. I'm a commercial leasing administrator and renewal specialist at a large firm. I often daydream about starting my own company, but realize at this point, a start up would take even more time away from my home life than my current job.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Balancing Motherhood, Work, and Relationships: Kate


Kate is a college professor. She lives with her husband and their 2 year old son and 6 year old daughter in beautiful Collingswood, New Jersey. Here is how Kate balances motherhood, work, and relationships:

What is you educational background and where do you work? 
I teach college English and have a Masters in English and a BA in English and a BA in Art History. I have been teaching since 2004.

What's your schedule like? 
My schedule usually involves some daytime teaching and some evenings or weekends. At the moment, I teach Monday and Wednesday until 2:00 pm and teach Tuesday and Thursday evenings. In the past, I’ve taught Saturday morning courses and I often teach an intensive, compacted two week term called Winterim.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Balancing Work, Motherhood, and Relationships: Jena


Jena has been been married to her husband Grahm for a little over three years. He’s an engineer, and she's a stay-at-home mom and freelance editor. They live with their 9 month old daughter Sawyer in Texas. Here is how Jena balances motherhood, work, and relationships:

What is your educational background and where do you work? 
I graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a degree in professional writing. I'm currently a freelance editor and a stay-at-home mom. 

Monday, November 10, 2014

Balancing Motherhood, Work, and Relationships: Allison


Allison and her partner Stephanie have been married for four years and they have 3 year old twins. Allison is a post-doctoral fellow researching the vasculature of the brain. This is how she balances motherhood, work, and relationships: 

What is your educational background and where do you work?  
I have a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering and I'm currently a Post-Doctoral Fellow at Temple University working in researching the vasculature of the brain. I have 3 year old twins- which I had while I was in graduate school before I completed my Ph.D.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Balancing Motherhood, Work, and Relationships: Aly


Aly and her husband Scott live with their 3 and 5 year old children in New Jersey. Their daughter Mia has a rare coronary heart disease called tricuspid atresia and she has gone through three open heart surgeries. Aly is a general manager at a large beauty retailer and here is how she balances motherhood, work, and relationships:

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Balancing Motherhood, Work, and Relationships: Susan


Susan and her husband Dan, a warrant officer in the Illinois Army National Guard, have been married for eleven years and live with their 4, 7, and 8 year old daughters in Illinois. Here is how Susan balances motherhood, work, and relationships: 

Monday, November 3, 2014

Balancing Motherhood, Work, and Relationships: Jennie


I'm so very excited to kick off the new motherhood series with my beautiful friend Jennie. She lives with her husband Scott and their three year old son Max in New Jersey. She's a divorce attorney and here is how she balances motherhood, work, and relationships:

What is your educational background and where do you work?
I have a BA from the Honors College at Rutgers-Camden and a JD from Rutgers University School of Law-Camden. I am currently an associate in the Family and Matrimonial Services Department at Archer & Greiner, P.C. in Haddonfield, New Jersey.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Introducing New Series: Balancing Motherhood, Work, and Relationships


A month after I gave birth, my parents returned to Turkey. Shortly after their departure, I went back to work. We came up with a way to juggle work, parenting, and relationships on our own without much outside help. At first, it was incredibly overwhelming for both of us. For many days, I felt that I was slowly drowning under life's most basic chores and responsibilities. Of course, my postpartum state of mind didn't help me feel less stressed and anxious, but I often found myself wondering how other moms made motherhood seem so effortless and chic. I mean, I couldn't even take showers longer than five minutes or pee alone. At one point, I thought I will never shave my legs or blow dry my hair. I thought I was destined to look frumpy, never complete any of the items on my to-do lists, get together with friends, enjoy cooking, or sip on a glass of wine in peace. 

Then, as the weeks progressed, things started to get easier. I found ways to grade,lesson plan, and respond to e-mails when TS went down for his naps. Sometimes, I took naps with him. In the afternoons, I brought him into the kitchen so he could watch me cook. In the evenings, after my husband came home, while he watched our son, I took long and glorious showers. I even had time to put hot rollers in my hair and shave my legs (thank god!). Life is much easier now, but it still takes flexibility and daily adjustments to make our every day life work. Although a set routine is all you want at first, things don't just fall into place. Just like it takes some time to put together a thousand piece jigsaw puzzle, it takes time to figure out what works best for your family.

Recently, I've been wondering about how other working moms do it. More specifically, I've been wondering about how other moms with various backgrounds, professions, and lifestyles juggle work, motherhood, and relationships. So, during the next few days, I'm beyond excited to share a series of posts featuring mothers who balance work, motherhood, and relationships. While we all call ourselves mothers, it's incredibly interesting to take a peek into the lives of other moms. Don't you think? I would also love to hear from you. How do you handle it all? What are the various methods you use to juggle life?  After all, something that you may think of as 'oh, duh' may be life changing to another mom. Well, here it goes! I hope you find each post empowering and inspirational. First post is coming up tomorrow. Enjoy!

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[Photo: My son and I. Taken when he was only a month and a half old.]