Kristen Shroyer is a Magnificent Mom that you have to meet. She is Vice President of Sales and one of the Co-Founders of ONEHOPE, a company that gives half of its proceeds to select charities. That’s right. 50% of their wine sales help to support breast cancer research, the fight against autism, clean water projects and much more.
She’s also the mom to a beautiful baby girl named Jessica. As a new mom and a busy business owner, Kristen knows what it’s like to wear many hats. She travels a lot for work (about 3x per month), as part of her job is to manage sales and distributors of ONEHOPE in the Southwest.
I wanted to feature Kristen as a Magificent Mom because I am inspired by her passion for work, philanthropy and family. I asked her a few questions about life as a busy working mom, and here is what she had to say.
What is your favorite part of working at ONEHOPE Wine?
The people, the culture & the social impact we are making on a daily basis. Having a great product to drink after a long day doesn’t hurt either!
What is the most challenging part of your job?
Trying to build a brand, in one of the most competitive industries, during a challenging economy – all while working with an extremely minimal budget since we donate half of our profits to partner nonprofits. Luckily, there is no other product in the wine industry quite like ONEHOPE! The traveling and time spent away from my family is also challenging.
You have a beautiful baby girl, as well as a full-time job. What is your favorite part about being a new mommy?
Jessica just turned 3 months old! Time has flown by so quickly. My favorite part about being a new mommy is just the amount of love I have for her! It’s such a special kind of love, too.
Do you find it difficult to have a work/ life balance?
Yes, and I’m still learning how to do this day by day. I need to be better about turning off the cell phone and closing the laptop when the workday is over.
What is it like having to travel for your job? Do you find it hard to be away from Jessica?
Traveling has definitely been difficult; I miss her so much when I’m gone. Thankfully we have an incredible nanny, grandparents close by and my husband is extremely helpful, so I always know she is in excellent hands. My husband synced her baby monitor with my iPhone so I can watch her sleep when I’m away, I love that!
What is the best part about motherhood?
All of the little moments: the cute little grins she gives me, the way she cuddles in my arms, how she breaths loud when she sleeps, the silly faces she makes when I give her a bath – it just keeps getting better and better!
What do you like to do in your down time?
Since I’m always on the go for work, I just love to relax and watch my bad reality television shows (Real Housewives, The Bachelor – you name it!). We have two other children, four-legged ones that is, that I really enjoy taking on walks. Jessica loves to join us in the Baby Bjorn! I also play the acoustic guitar and like writing my own music.
Do you have any tips for working moms, just like you?
I’m a big fan of making lists and goals for myself – always making sure to display them in a place I see everyday. Organizing my thoughts, goals and to-dos really helps – and I love the accomplished feeling I get when crossing each item off! Another silly tip – if you don’t have a crock-pot, buy one! I use my crock-pot probably twice as much as I use my oven.
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