Yet another wonderful woman is willing to have us peak into her day-to-day. You guys all know Karen, from here…and here….oh yeah, and here (just to name a few). She’s a regular contributor on our blog. But on top of her social media involvement, she is also a Sr. Demand Planner for our Supply Chain department. She is married and has 2 children ages 7 and 3. Karen is always smiling…I mean always – she’s got us all wondering…how she does it?!
What’s your work schedule?
Work 8:30-5:30, sometimes later into the evening. I prefer to stay late and complete anything urgent before I leave so I do not have to turn on my laptop at home.
How do you handle child care?
Currently my husband is a SAHD as a result of the economy, but we have tried to make lemonade with the lemons. With my husband home, our youngest has not been in day care since we moved to GA 2.5 years ago, and he is always there to put our daughter on and off the school bus.
Where do you work during the day?
In the 14-story office building that is comprised of multiple Newell Rubbermaid business groups. I love being surrounded by our amazing Newell sister brands like Calphalon, Goody, and Dymo. It also doesn’t hurt that there is a Starbucks in the building as well.
What’s your favorite part of your work?
Knowing that the company I work for is making a difference in keeping children safe while in the home and in the car.
What do you find difficult/tricky/comical about your current set-up? What would you change if you had a magic wand?
My daily commute time. I only live 16 miles from the office, but the commute takes up to an hour most days. If I had a magic wand, I would instantly transport to the office every morning and afternoon. I would get more time with the family in the evening and no stress from traffic. Win-Win.
What’s your favorite part of your home life?
Spending time in the kitchen with my children. I love to see how excited they get when I ask for their help at meal time. Even my 3 year old helps by putting some fresh veggies in a bowl, carrying items to the table, etc. Having the entire family participate in prepping the meal, makes sitting down to eat even more satisfying.
Do you have time to yourself? What do you do with that time?
I always try and make time for myself. I love to shop, so sometimes just taking time to drop by the local farm market on a Saturday morning works. I grab a coffee and just wander aimlessly. If I happen to pick up some fresh fruit and veggies for the family in the process, score!
What advice would you give to other moms or first-time expectants about how to balance work and life?
Everyone’s family is different so don’t try to take someone else’s routine and make it your own. Make a wish list of time savers and implement one at a time. Trying to make too many changes at once can get overwhelming, and then we bail on everything. And last but not least, don’t try and do everything all by yourself. Ask for help when you need it. There’s almost always a friend or family member willing to lend a hand.
Karen – thank you so much for sharing your story! Want to read other Work + Life posts? Check them out here.