Who is the most feared creature in the animal kingdom?  If you ran into a grizzly bear in the forest, you would be scared, right?  What if you ran into a mama grizzly bear with a cub in tow?  You would be terrified.  Ten times more scared than running in to a regular grizzly bear.  A mother is unquestionably the fiercest creature in the animal kingdom.

I had a bad experience with a swarm of termites when I was a toddler.  I had gone grocery shopping with my Mom.  When we got home, she pushed the door open for me to go in while she went back out to retrieve the groceries.  During the short time we were gone, termites had swarmed, and the entire floor of the house was two inches thick in insects.  That experience left me with a profound fear of bugs.  If I saw a spider in my bedroom, my heart would race, and I wouldn’t be able to sleep all night.  This phobia continued into adulthood.  The first time I saw a spider crawling near my infant daughter, I immediately grabbed it with my bare hand without a second thought.  This lifelong fear disappeared the moment I became a mother.

My friend Rachel is an avid gardener.  She was out in her yard one afternoon with her baby daughter strapped on her chest and her toddler son playing nearby.  She saw a rattlesnake.  She grabbed a shovel and chopped off its head before she even realized what was happening.  The fiercest creature in the animal kingdom.

Meet Some Fierce Mamas

One of the best parts of my Billable with Baby® journey has been building relationships with other women who are driven to help working mothers live the life we deserve.  I was initially focused on building business relationships, but these women are turning into amazing friends.  I would love to be snowed in with any or all of them.  That’s a bit of a funny comment coming from someone who lives in San Diego, but I went to business school in New Hampshire, so I know snowed in.

I’ve booked a Bali retreat for us in 2043 when the kids are grown.  We’ll eat delicious vegan, vegetarian, free-range, gluten-free food and drink good wine.  We’ll swim in our private pool and meditate and do yoga and dance the night away.  We’ll reminisce about how much life has changed for working mothers.  I’ve booked adjacent villas for our families to join us the second week.  Let me know if you’re in and I’ll put you on the list!

Please join me in meeting these fierce mamas.

Moms on Maternity – MOM

I met Aimee Sando Cruz last fall through an online group for San Diego mompreneurs.  She reached out when I posted about Billable with Baby®.  Our friendship and collaboration continue to grow.

In Aimee’s own words:

As a Mom of two, I found a need in our community to connect working Moms. Shortly after the birth of my second son, I was driven to unite with other like-minded Moms who were on maternity leave. To me, it was extremely important to find people who were doing their best to flourish at work and home. We can talk business and children; the two things we care about most. After a few conversations with local Moms I realized I was fortunate to be supported by my employer during maternity leave because so many Moms were not to the degree that I was. I became motivated to maximize my maternity leave and make an impact for working Moms, so I created Moms on Maternity (MOM). 

MOM is about helping Moms navigate the journey between motherhood and the workplace from the fourth trimester and on. Our events offer moms an opportunity to collaborate, make new friends, network, and discuss topics related to business, babies, and health. All events are designed to include social and self-growth time, but our overall goal is to help moms thrive in their communities. Mamaste!

I love watching Aimee light up the world with her energy and MOM.  I have attended several events and the room is always bursting with the joy of working moms finding like-minded friends.  I have met many fierce mamas at MOM gatherings.  Aimee is a Senior Manager at Deloitte in her spare time.

Working Parent Resource

I met Sarah Argenal last December at a live event put on by Dana Malstaff of Boss Mom.  Sarah gave me a warm greeting as I walked into a room full of people I had never met.  I reached out to Sarah after the holidays since I had enjoyed meeting her and since we both serve working mothers.

Sarah Argenal is the Founder of the Working Parent Resource and Host of the Working Parent Resource Podcast. Sarah consults with busy working parents to reduce stress, optimize their time, and improve their relationships. Sarah also offers corporate wellness packages to help employees seamlessly integrate three main aspects of their lives: Self, Family, and Career. She is a frequent guest on business and parenting podcasts, and is available for group facilitation and speaking engagements.

I decided that I should listen to a couple of episodes from Sarah’s podcast before I got together with her one-on-one.  I thought it would be a one-time thing and never intended to become a regular listener.  Well, I haven’t missed an episode since!  If you don’t know the Working Parent Resource Podcast, you have to check it out.  I know you will love it too!

Sarah has her Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy and Adult Development and is a Certified Professional Coach with 20 years of diverse experience in psychotherapy, coaching, undergraduate instruction, corporate training, and project management. Sarah lives with her husband and two sons in San Diego, California. You can find out more about the Working Parent Resource and everything Sarah offers by visiting http://workingparentresource.com and http://sarahargenal.com.

Mompowerment

Suzanne Brown is a strategic marketing and business consultant, speaker, avid international traveler, work-life balance expert and advocate, and author of Mompowerment: Insights from Successful Professional Part-time Working Moms Who Balance Career and Family. She empowers moms to think differently about their career approach and provides guidance on work-life balance through her own experience and research as well as stories, insights, and advice from more than 110 interviews with professional part-time working moms. And she helps companies with their work-life balance initiatives for their employees. Suzanne, her husband, and their two active young boys live in Austin, TX. In their downtime, they can be found hiking local trails or finding some new nearby or far away adventures.

I heard about Suzanne’s book in an online group.  I knew I wanted to reach out to her but thought I should read her book first, so I bought it and read it during my son’s swimming lessons.

Here is the review I posted on Amazon:

Every professional working mother should read this book! It is a very rich resource for any professional woman who wants to consider part-time work. I find myself going back to sections of Mompowerment over and over again. It is an excellent handbook for the professional part-time working mom.

I am a full-time professional working mother. I have several years of corporate experience and an assortment of degrees. I have never given part-time work much thought because it didn’t seem like a “real” option for a professional track career. Suzanne Brown with Mompowerment has completely changed my perspective. There are many real-life examples of professional mothers who work part-time, women just like you and me. Mompowerment also details all the things you should think about when considering professional part-time work, so you are equipped to make a decision that best serves you and your family.

Once I finished the book, I reached out and we scheduled a time to chat on the phone.  She lives in a different state, so we couldn’t meet in person.  We had a great time talking about everything you can imagine.  Her web site, Mompowerment, is full of many things to empower working mothers.  Don’t you love a good TED talk?  You can watch Suzanne’s here.  And I highly recommend her book, Mompowerment: Insights from Successful Professional Part-time Working Moms Who Balance Career and Family.

Never Underestimate the Power of a Mother

I hope you enjoy these fierce mamas as much as I do.  Feel the power and make it work for you.  Attend the events, listen to the podcast and read the book.  Reach out to them personally if you feel inspired.

The mission of Billable with Baby® is to help you find the courage to start your own consulting business so you can have the freedom and flexibility to raise your children the way you wish.  Please join our free group of fierce mamas starting and running successful consulting businesses, Billable with Baby® Community.

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