Great post, Jennifer!
Even tho I know how busy you are, you are one of THE Most composed people I know. hmm, that’s another ‘how to’ course you could teach! Composure under Pressure.
Wow! What a compliment – thank you Lisa!
Although my kids are now grown, I was sole-support parent and remember the days of juggling family, a demanding career and volunteer activities. There were days when I was so exhausted that I’d fall asleep at 7 p.m. when my kids did. Other days when I’d cry because I thought I was doing everything wrong. It has always seemed shocking to me that people are so comfortable telling women what they should or shouldn’t do and how they should either limit themselves or run their lives. The “should” word should be banned. I’m very happy hearing you speak up. Good for you for fighting past the negativity.
Agree. ‘Should’ is such a terrible word. And unsolicited advice sprinkled with ‘shoulds’ is just awful! Thank you for sharing your experiences as well Colleen!
Love your post and honesty! You are a great example of what women (and men of course… ) can accomplish professionally and personally. Kudos to you as a business owner, student, community leader, parent, spouse and friend.
That means so much coming from another inspiring woman and community leader. Thank you.
Congratulations, Jennifer on becoming a mother and doing so well in your business and in with your studies! This article should inspire other women who want to live a full and productive life while enjoying their partners and building a family.
For sure, you are fortunate to have a loving husband who supports you and is willing to work with you as a team member to accomplish all this!!
But “Good for you!” for not letting others around you negatively impact your decisions while being so unwittingly unsupportive.
Yes – I am very fortunate to has a husband to take parental leave, as things become blurry as a self-employed individual. Thank you!
Hi Jennifer – I see the comments are all from women so, from a man’s perspective, I have watched you grow in all aspects of business and with the Chamber for quite a number of years and add my congratulations to all you have accomplished. I truly admire the way you handle, and have handled, all the “chores” that come with business; volunteering and now motherhood. Congrats and keep up the great work.
this is amazing Jennifer ,,, life is always busy ,, I did the same thing 3 kids now 6 grandkids that are a big part of my life and a full time buiness , networking group , voluntering ,, and ufortunlaly now a sick mom ,, but I love my life and my business is rocking and so much fun,,, life is what you make it and you are doing a wonderful job…
go get the world it is there for the taking ,,,,