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Some would consider this a circus act, but to me it's part of life. Juggling more than two things has been part of my life ever since I can remember. It wasn't a matter of adjusting my life, but a matter of adjusting my schedule to include or extract a certain project. My family and I never really made a transition from work to family. It became a part of our lives. I must say I believe that I gained more respect because of work.
Prior to my children's birth I was working as an ESL teacher. When I gave birth to my first child. I still continued working, although it was difficult. I never wanted my kids to say mom cooks, cleans and shops, (that's a no – no on my list); I had much more to offer than that! I found my sanity through work. I only stopped working for three years. After that I worked as a sales representative from home booking yachts and cruises to American clients and at the same time writing numerous articles for the company's site. During that time my daughter was 3 months old and my son 3 1⁄2. A difficult task but not something that couldn't be accomplished. Reflecting back on a particular account, ( I was on the phone with a client while changing my daughter's diaper I was finalizing and confirming every detail on the client's itinerary), I still laugh and I'm very proud of myself!
Another incident that comes to mind is when the clients had arrived at the dock to begin their cruise, but no skipper was available. Panic wasn't even a thought. I dressed my six month old daughter, (Michael Schummacer couldn't have done it faster.) and arrived at the dock's office. I had marketing bags with souvenirs. I gave then to the clients while serving them chilled drinks and chatting with them. Let me not forget my daughter was the center of attention. As they were drinking, enjoying their gifts and gazing at the beautiful sea, I was fervently working in the office with the crew to find a skipper. Just as they had finished their drinks, I found a skipper and they went on their cruise just as planned. I felt so good that I had accomplished the unbelievable. They loved their cruise, and were very satisfied with the service. We have remained friends to this day. After two years, I quit and I had decided to start my own business. A lot of market research, business planning, finding merchandise, setting up a site ( my husband helped) all this while having two kids, home schooling my son in English and being a very part time care taker to my 89 year old grandmother. My company has been up and running for 5 years now.
Today, aside from all the above, I'm a part time teacher (ESL) to a friend's child and I also blog over at Mommy's Kitchen (momzcuisine.com).
All my eggs in one basket and not one broke. I've lost a lot of sleep, but I have gained lots of respect. My motto has always been: what the mind conceives it achieves !!!