This post is a part of a blog series of stories of the working mother. I’m excited to share 13 stories from real working moms. I also really would like to hear YOUR story and I’d love to hear it. Keep the conversation going in the comments & on social media using #wellcraftedworkingmoms. A huge thank you to the women who volunteered to share their stories, Mary Boyden of Mamma Bear Magazine for her photography and Madeline Roosevelt for hair and makeup!
Missy Maki is a force of nature. I met her about two and a half years ago this month at a blogger brunch at a local restaurant. New mother to twins she was seriously just rocking life. I remember being in awe of her… and then she amazed me even more by being so kind and genuine.
Her story resonates with me because I identify with her ambition and drive. I’m very excited to get to introduce her to you today!
Meet Missy, a working mom
Missy Maki is an Advance Maternal Age mommy. She and her husband, a high school teacher and basketball coach, welcomed her 2 1/2 year old twins (boy & girl) into this world after a five year battle with infertility. She was 42 at the time. She worked before, during and after pregnancy.
Nailing down a single title for Missy would pretty much be impossible. She has several careers. Monday through Friday she is the regional sales director in the hospitality industry where she oversees seven properties, 14 sales people and over 200 employees. She has worked in her field for over twenty years. In addition to her sales director career she is a radio host for KPAM AM 860. “Simple Kitchen with Missy Maki” is a local food and lifestyle show that has been on the air for over four years and is currently one of the top downloaded podcasts in Portland. In addition to her regional sales director career and her radio host career Missy writes a blog (check out her website Mrs. Maki Cooks), emcees and stage hosts events and has been on several panel discussions in the food industry.
She puts her many careers into simple terms, “I love food. I love people. I love being a progressive employer.”
A typical work day in the life of a regional sales director, radio host and mother of twins
A typical work day for Missy isn’t so much typical as in the same thing every day. However, she makes efforts to abide by a schedule when possible and sets in family time.
“Every day is different,”she says.
On Mondays Missy tries to focus on projects at home if possible, while Tuesday through Friday she tries to be downtown by 9 a.m. She has an office in her home, in downtown Portland and a studio in Milwaukee for her radio show. She often attends new restaurant openings, host food related events and attend meetings. After 8 PM and weekends, other than Sunday mornings when she is live on the air, are family time.
When my kids are adults and look back at their childhood, I want them to know…
“This is an old one, and you hear it a lot. But I want my children to see that women do not have to walk away from their dreams, goals, and position in the marketplace to become a mother,” Missy explains.
” Yes, you CAN do and have it all. But you have to wake up every day with intention. Clear and focused intention.”
Maternity Leave, Childcare & Mom Guilt… oh MY!
I absolutely had to ask a few questions about some of the topics that often come up for the working mom such as maternity leave, childcare, and the challenges & joys of working. I love the answers so much that I felt it was best to just put it in their own words. Read on to learn about the ups, downs, ins and outs of Erin’s working mom experience!
When did you go back to work after having your children?
I worked up until I got Preeclampsia and worked at the hospital and from home during my 4 month maternity leave (lightly, I was unable to walk the last couple weeks before I got sick and had the kids 8 weeks early). But afterwards I had my office up and running form home and when the kids napped, I pumped and banged out emails and took conference calls right up until I came back. I never missed a beat. Now I work in the city and from home based on the sales needs of the businesses I oversee.
What type of childcare solutions do you use in order to work?
I employ 2 nannies so that my children have consistent care and get one on one attention. It is not for everyone and I can literally feel people roll their eyes when I discuss child care, but I think everyone does what works for THEM. To be frank, I am fairly successful and the cost of childcare does not impact our lives too much, but I decided to wait until I was able to give the kids the childhood that I wanted to give them before I started a family. I believe that kids only need love and safety and food, I do, but not worrying about bills means we are carefree in our time as a family. Life is about decisions. Because I waited, the struggle was getting pregnant. There is no right way, only the way that is right for you.
What challenges do you have as a working mother?
What joys do you have as a working mother?
How do you fulfill the other needs in your life (going back to school, working on a dream business, seeing friends, being creative, etc.) while working and being a mom?
How do you prioritize your family and children as a working mom?
We basically plan every day to be together. We are together from after work until bed time. If I have more work then it doesn’t get touched until the kids go down. When I come home, it is all family, all the time. We eat dinner every night together, we walk to the park, we jump on the trampoline, we are “us”. My husband and I agree that the 4 of us are the priority in every decision we make.
Thank you! A huge thank you to Missy for sharing her story as a working mom and participating in this series. Does her story resonate with you? Share in the comments below or on social media with #wellcraftedworkingmoms !
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