To kick off our second season, we are chatting with Suzanne Brown, a mom of 2 young boys, this week. Suzanne is a strategic marketing and business consultant, speaker (including a TEDx talk), avid international traveler, work-life balance expert and advocate, and author. Her books include: Mompowerment: Insights from Successful Professional Part-time Working Moms Who Balance Career and Family and The Mompowerment Guide to Work-life Balance. 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.
Listen as Suzanne shares how:
- Her day is structured to allow for “me” time.
- She negotiated and moved to part-time in the corporate world after having her son prematurely.
- She maintains her boundaries and priorities to keep her work and life balanced.
- She worked towards finding who SHE was again after becoming a mom.
- She maintained who she was after she had her second child.
- Traveling has always been a part of her family life.
- Engaging with other moms energizes her.
- She gives her children space after school.
“If I’m trying to do a checkbox every day, I would fail. But, if I look week or month, I’m doing great.” – Suzanne Brown
“Motherhood in general was kind of a shock to my system.” – Suzanne Brown
“We honestly thought we could just nicely tuck this child into this very active lifestyle.” – Suzanne Brown
“I literally woke up after a year of being a mom, looked in the mirror and thought “Where did I go?” – Suzanne Brown
“It’s really hard when your child is your greatest source of frustration.” – Suzanne Brown
“I feel like if someone said ‘it’s ok for everything not to be unicorns and rainbows all the time, that doesn’t make you a bad mom. It just means you are a human being and have to try something different.’” – Suzanne Brown
Links from Show:
Hardcore 24 by Janet Evanovich
The Mother’s Guide to Self-Renewal: How to Reclaim, Rejuvenate and Re-Balance Your Life Paperback – by Renée Peterson Trudeau
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