36, women's lifestyle site editor
married, 3 kids (ages 3 months, 2, 8)
What does “having it all” mean to you? Before I had kids I think it meant travel, good relationships, business success, and financial security. After having kids though, I think I've started to give myself a break—especially after having my third child three months ago. I think right now it boils down to keeping my family happy and myself happy. If I can do those two things, it means I'm doing something right. Anything more than that is just a bonus.
How does your work feed your personal life? I create a lot of content for my site that's very personal like photos of our family outings or favorite family recipes. It's still work of course, but I like that my work pushes me to document interesting things, about think about capturing daily moments in a creative way.
What is the best thing you learned about yourself since becoming a mom? I remember looking at moms that had several kids and thinking that I wouldn't do well in chaotic situations like that. That having more than one or two children wasn't for me, despite growing up in a family with five other siblings. But since having another child and being thrown head-first into a chaotic family life, I've surprised myself with how little it stresses me out. I certainly have my moments—but two kids running around a post office with a third playing video games in the middle of the dirty floor doesn't really phase me anymore. I've definitely surprised myself with how I've been able to roll with it.
Portraits by Tara Rudolph