I have often looked at a successful woman who has a career that demands energy and time and who has children and wondered: “How do you do it Superwoman?”
Men have been doing it for years. My immediate explanation is that’s because there most likely was a hard working partner at home managing the household duties and children – a full time job!
I founded Sea to Sky Meeting Management (Sea to Sky) in 2001 and happily worked 24/7. Then my son arrived and I had to find a way to juggle owning and operating a business and looking after a newborn. I had no idea how I was going to do it. I suddenly had to become very good at delegating, and if I thought I was good at personal productivity, I became even better.
Now I wasn’t working 24/7, or rather I still was, but between my “two babies” – Johnathan and Sea to Sky. For my daughter Ciana’s arrival, I was very smart and planned ahead to ensure we were properly staffed with great people, trained and ready to manage projects so I could have the summer off to be with her. Of course, the best laid plans…shortly prior to her birth, some of our team members moved on leaving me with no choice but to be at my desk two days after giving birth.
My husband and I run the company together, and divided up the duties to give me the flexibility to care for both children and Sea to Sky. In addition, I have a dedicated and professional team of Project Managers, Coordinators, and Assistants who tend to our every client’s need. I found a marvelous nanny whose career is looking after children and who cooks and likes to tidy. I also hire cleaners to clean the house, handy people to fix and build things around the house, and students for yardwork.
Please don’t call me Superwoman because I ain’t, just fortunate to have an amazing group of people supporting me.