It has been two weeks since I had the pleasure of moderating the inaugural #momwarrior™ event on Friday, May 12th. This is an event that celebrates the warrior mom – the “working mom", the “stay-at home mom", and the mom that doesn’t fit into (or doesn’t like!) either of those labels. It was an event that celebrated our diversity, our passion projects, and the challenges and celebrations of motherhood and our career choices.
The mastermind for this event was my friend Tet Salva, founder of Bentogirl and momwarrior™. Ironically but not surprisingly, Tet and I met at a children’s birthday party approximately four years ago. We hit it off immediately talking big visions, bold dreams, and walked away from that party with a business partnership practically sealed.
Over the course of those following months, we met weekly talking about our plan to merge our career skillsets into a united force, building a specialized agency, the first of its kind.
However, as we talked about Tet’s skills at organizational transformation and change management and my skills in international marketing and cultural strategy, our conversations kept coming back to the topic of being a mom and raising kids and following our passions, and HOW DO WE DO THIS! How do we choose career over children and why should we have to? Why isn’t our society set up better for mothers who also want career fulfillment?
Tet and I chose different paths after motherhood. I chose to leave my career and opted for more flexible purpose-driven work knowing that I could not sustain a life of 24/7 international work travel while raising babies. Tet, on the other hand, chose to carry on with her career while raising her children, hoping that she could find a balance in career and parenting with her husband who also had a full-time career. What we found most fascinating and interesting (despite our different post childbirth career choices) was that we were both unified in our belief that all moms (of all kinds) are indeed warriors.
So, for all the momwarriors out there. Support and lift each other up. Just do it. Take Action. Follow your heart and the pieces will begin to fall into place.