It's working for Kristi Marsh, Savvy Women’s Alliance & Author of Little Changes
"I never for once imagined that I would be doing the things I am today - it has been an incredible ride - from publishing a book, speaking across the country, being a voice in Washington D.C. and now launching a nonprofit. Constantly changing is my new norm."
My personal ongoing challenge is to ‘turn the switch off.’ Working from home – never ‘leaving’ the workplace – and living with smart devices means we are constantly ‘on’. It is almost as if this is a new survival skill, to shut the brain off and be present when the family is home.
When my kids were 7, 5, and 3, I discovered a breast cancer tumor. This was followed by three years of surgeries and chemotherapy. Following this, I went from a want to learn how I could rebuild my body, to a quest to share what I learned about reducing our exposures to harmful ingredients in everyday products. The result was founding a nonprofit, in order to reach out to ‘everyday-me’s’ to gently educate how they can have a tremendous impact in their own homes, through the Savvy Women’s Alliance. I had come into my purpose. It is a powerful feeling- and consuming – honestly, I tried to repress it for a while, being a young mom at the time, but ultimately, following my passion is deeply fulfilling and I am more balanced as a woman.
I left the traditional workforce when I was pregnant. Yet, even to this day, 16 years later, there’s an internal nagging, – what I do isn’t ‘traditional’ and sometimes I feel like a square peg int our world. I have to recognize this is only within myself and reaffirm that I own my definition of life.
One of the best perks of working at home is the modifying my schedule to the constant fluctuations in my kid’s activities. I love being there for them – even if I am just a shuttle driver. Our kids are really only ours till they are handed a set of keys, and they truly become independent then. It goes by so fast.
My new normal was a shift of being a super focused, goal-oriented with a direction woman, to one who is open to what the world offers to me. I never for once imagined that I would be doing the things I am today – it has been an incredible ride – from publishing a book, speaking across the country, being a voice in Washington D.C. and now launching a nonprofit. Constantly changing is my new norm.
With everything I have been able to accomplish, I still receive a reception of what I do isn’t ‘real’. I run into an underlying judgment that I am not ’employed’ in the traditional sense. It’s a little baffling but I move on.
My mom, who happened to live in town. She was supportive and would babysit my kids through years of medical appointments and following years of travel. It’s is a blessing and I love the relationship they have with her.
I’m going to say the easier part — I love that my daughter has been by my side as I became an author, advocate for health and a nonprofit founder. She’s come down to Washington, D.C. to hear me speak, and assists often and I can see her finding her own strength and voice.
As a working parent, a bad day is when I’m the bad cop (not my favorite parenting role!) and a good day is the simple joy of when we’re together.