In 2012, Sarah Cameron took a leap of faith. Cameron, a wife and mother to her and her husband’s 15-month-old daughter, Eliana, started her own sewing and alterations company called Pure Couture.
Before kids, Lorraine Wilde had a great job managing supplies for a chemistry lab in a vibrant college town. It was the kind of job she’d trained for when she earned her Master’s degree in Environmental Science, the kind of job she thought she’d have forever. But her plans changed in a heartbeat – or, more precisely, two heartbeats – when she found out she was expecting twins nine years ago.
When Heidi Englebert had her first child, Avery, in 2001, she decided to take a one-year leave of absence from her job as a business analyst. That one-year break turned into a 10-year stint at home as Englebert raised Avery and her second daughter, Anna. As her children got older, Englebert grew restless and decided to go back to work full-time. “I was determined to get a job for my own personal well-being,” she says. “I wasn’t satisfied being at home anymore, and I was ready for that next step in my life.”
Today’s working mother struggles to split her time between her career and her family. The demand of her two worlds can be a constant battle. A successful working mom does not strive for perfect balance; but in fact, lives her life like a teeter-totter. Although every rider tries to achieve perfect balance at some point, most find it more fun to enjoy the ups and downs.
Calgary’s Child Magazine © 2023 Calgary’s Child