The Working Mom Hat | Travel Mania

I was just counting the amount of travel I’ve done since coming back from maternity leave in February. Looking back, I can’t believe where the year has gone. Here’s where I’ve been so far:

  • Orlando, Florida
  • Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Dana Point, California (twice)
  • Kauai, Hawaii
  • Montreal, Canada
  • Chicago, Illinois
  • Austin, Texas
  • Deer Valley, Utah
  • Anaheim, California
  • Aspen, Colorado (coming up)
  • Vail, Colorado (coming up)

Here’s a photo from my work trip in Anaheim. Because who wouldn’t take time to sport Mickey ears while in this city. Totally normal behavior.

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Guest Blogger: Meet a Magnificent Mom

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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

*If you know a Magnificent Mom and you want to share her story here, just send me a note.

The Professional Hat: I Want Her Job

Today, I’m blushing. I owe my rosy cheeks to the team at IWantHerJob.com. They asked if I would share my experience on their website, in hopes to encourage, empower and inspire other women in business. Hopefully I was able to shed some light on what I do and why I love it so much. You can view the interview here.

*Thank you for featuring me and congratulations on being chosen by Forbes as “One of the Top 75 Websites for your Career”. You go, girls.

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The Working Mom Hat: Sheryl Sandberg

She’s the COO at Facebook and a pretty inspiring speaker. I was watching her speak on TED and was pretty fascinated with what she had to say. For all of you ladies in the work force, I thought you might like this too. It’s 15 minutes and worth the watch.

The Working Mom Hat: “No Work!”

Sorry, boss. But this is why you see me sprinting into work some mornings. Little Miss Big Lips doesn’t like to see me leave. Some mornings, it’s “bye, mommy” and some mornings it’s, “no work!”.

The other day we were having a “no, no, no” morning where every question ended in “no.” She didn’t want to see me leave. She insulted my choice in outfit (rude!) and made cute little cries that me made stay longer. She has me wrapped around her fingers. TGI weekend!

The Working Hat: A Day of Bliss

Our Marketing team spent the afternoon team building with manicures, pedicures, hand massages, brownies, brownies and brownies. It was a perfect way to relax and interact. Plus, we’re supporting our favorite salon, Bliss Spa. If you’ve stayed at a W Hotel then you know how amazing Bliss products are.

Here we are … perfectly polished after a great work outing.

Ah, the unlimited brownie buffet. Did anyone even notice the veggies in the back? Nope. The desserts were a great touch and available at every turn inside the Bliss Spa. Thanks, boss, for a great day!

The Self Hat: Half Empty or Half Full?

My glass is a little half empty today. I think this Cathy Thorne cartoon sums it up to a tee. Note the laptop sitting on the desk. You see, this is what it looks like to be a full-time working mother.

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Sometimes, it’s hard to find a balance between the work and the mother hat. I’m a first-time mom, so I don’t have it all figured out just yet. I’m assuming it has to get easier, right? Did I mention I have a load of laundry that has been sitting in the dryer for the last 4 days. Gross.
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So, moms. If you’re feeling overworked, tired and unsure of how to get through another day. Heck, another minute. I know how you feel. I know how it feels to be the bottom of the family pyramid. But, just think – the bottom of the pyramid gets to be the base. Without us, everything on top would come crashing down.
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Anyway, as I try to fill my glass from half empty to half full, I found myself reading through more of these funny mommy cartoons. Here are some that I love. Hopefully it helps lift your spirits too.

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Did you miss the first post about these cartoons? Click here to read more.

Images came from Everydaypeoplecartoons.com.

The Mom Hat: What Type of Mom Are You?

I took a quiz. I usually hate quizzes (unless there is a prize at the end) but this one was from Oprah. And, if it’s good enough for Oprah, then it is good enough for me. It’s a fun quiz to find out, “What Type of Mom Are You?” It’s painless. Takes about 10 minutes. Go for it. Below are my results.

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The Alpha Mom: Watch out, kids, because here comes the Alpha Mom! She is plugged in and all business, even when it comes to solving personal issues—her kids are always on time and have the cleanest clothes on the block. She uses her vast contacts and tech knowledge to simplify the complex in her life. Alpha Mom is armed with a BlackBerry, and she is going to make it happen. Whatever “it” is—a school fundraiser, a playdate, a corporate merger. Alpha Mom is always on top of it.

I imagine this is what an Alpha Mom looks like.