Welcome back to My Full Life!
Today’s post marks one month into this journey and I could not be more grateful to share this journey with all of you. Today’s Mom is someone who’s been in my tribe for so many of life’s phases, all the way since high school! Katie is an amazing friend, one of the most hardworking woman that I’ve met and I’m so proud to have her in my life. There’s not much more I can say, so Katie take it away!
Tell me a little about yourself- what you do and what your family looks like.
I am an Athletic Trainer at a DI University. I am married to David and we have one 17 month old son Jonas. He is awesome!
How did you get in your current role?
I did my undergrad at Ohio State and then left to work as an athletic trainer at University of Northern Colorado while I worked on my Masters degree in Bio-mechanics. Then when I graduated Ohio State hired me to work full time.
What accomplishment are you most proud of professionally? What about as a parent?
Professionally: returning to work after having Jonas
Parent: pretty much anytime I see Jonas learn a new skill (i.e. Eating with a fork without us trying to teach him)
Tell me a bit about what your work days look like. What do your routines look like?
I wake up between 5:30-6:00. Get ready, pack lunches and make coffee. 6:30 Jonas wakes up and by 7:00 we leave for day care.
I work every day from 8:00-5:00. Work looks something like this: pre-practice treatment and rehabs, 2 hour practice, work through lunch, admin meetings and tasks wrapping up with doctors appointments in the office.
After work I pick up Jonas, go home and we typically take a family walk before dinner. Around 7:15 we’ll start the typical bedtime routine. From 8:00-10:00 mom and dad chill and catch up. I’m in bed by 10:00.
I also travel a lot for my job in the fall and spring. So that changes things a lot. Being away from 3-6 days is tough. I try to prep meals for David and Jonas before I leave.
What do your weekends look like?
Weekends in Fall, I am either traveling or have games Friday and Sunday. So I try to make sure we spend Saturdays as a family. Sundays after my games are usually for grocery shopping and prepping for the week.
What has been your biggest struggle as a working mom? How have you overcome it?
Traveling so much and long hours in the fall. It is hard on David and Jonas. I try to make sure I am in the moment when I do get to be with them.
If you could go back in time, what would you tell yourself as you were preparing to return to work?
You are doing the right thing! I think in returning to work after having a child you second guess everything. Is this the right daycare, should I stay home, how often will I work pumping into my day, will my kids resent that I work? The list goes on.
Being an athletic trainer is a part of my identity. Being a mom has helped me care for other people. For the time being I am doing what I am meant to. I am meant to help athletes stay healthy and help them to grow into adults. I also think it is great to be around 40+ female athletes and show them I can be a full time athletic trainer and a full time mom. (editor’s note: it’s REALLY awesome!!!)
Tell me your thoughts on balance. Do you think it truly exists? How do you make time for your family, career, relationships and yourself?
I am still working on balance! Yes I think it exists but I think it is ever changing. There are times where work is over taking my life and then there are times it is very much taking a backseat. This usually revolves around the seasons. I try hard to take advantage of slow times at work.