39, interior organizer/stylist
married, two kids (age 5, 7)
What does “having it all” mean to you? How has this idea changed over the years for you? I believe that "having it all" is equal parts wanting what you have and being clear on what you need in order to live a full life. I do my best to actively reflect on how fortunate I am, and also to define my core values and priorities in a meaningful way. As I've gotten older, I've realized I have both the opportunity, and responsibility, to design the life I want, and that I need to take ownership over how I invest my time, energy, and resources.
How does your work feed your personal life — and vice versa? I have created my own career path by founding a creative business which merges my interests in motherhood, minimalism, organization, and style. I feel extremely fortunate that my business feeds so many of my core values and provides the opportunity to engage, create, and connect with other women and mothers.
I used to feel quite guilty about wanting to work or recharge instead of being exclusively home with my girls, but now I see it as an opportunity to demonstrate what's possible - I want them to know that they can achieve anything they put their minds to - build their own businesses, create something from scratch, design their own schedules, support themselves financially. Also, because my work energizes me, I come home genuinely recharged and excited to spend time with my kids.
What gives you energy and inspiration? Even with the constraints of social obligations, work and kids, I believe it is possible to carve out some time and space for the things that light you up. I am constantly inspired and energized by connecting with my amazing and talented friends, many of whom are juggling motherhood and creative careers. I also get energy from challenging myself, venturing out of my comfort zone and exploring new things. As my kids get older and more independent I feel an increasing amount freedom to dive into these things both with and without them.
Portrait by Vivian Johnson