What did you want to be when you grew up?
If you asked my 6-year-old self, I was going to be a marine biologist and live by the ocean. I don’t think stay-at-home mom was ever in my realm of consciousness. My mom worked when I was growing up; my grandmothers worked. I always knew I wanted to have a family—I just never thought through the logistics.
Describe a typical Monday.
There are a lot of variables from the time that I drop the kids off until I pick them up. During that time, I try to accomplish as much as I can to prepare for the upcoming week, which usually involves a few meetings, an event, and everything in between. Things are most “typical” when the kids are at home, like after school, because they have their scheduled activities.
How did you come to the decision to be a full-time mom?
It took me awhile to become pregnant with our now 12-year-old twins, then I had to go on bed rest midway through my first trimester. Having to take care of my own health was the first time I really considered putting something before my career. Ultimately, we decided that it made more sense for me to become a full-time mom. I’m grateful that we had that as an option.
How do you find a balance?
It is important that, as women, we support each other to be our best selves. I take a parenting class and there’s a lot of talk right now about mindfulness and gratitude, so I’m trying to make that more of a practice in my everyday life. I’m also very lucky to have a wonderfully supportive husband who encourages me to make time for myself.
What do you love about raising a family in the Pasadena area?
Pasadena has so much to offer—the Southern California Children’s Museum, parks, programs for after-school activities and sports. La Cañada Presbyterian Church has a parent-ed program that I’ve been attending since the boys were 2 and, whether you’re a working mom or stay-at-home mom, it’s a great way to connect and find support. We also love going into Los Angeles, taking the kids to cultural events, museums, and new restaurants.