Welcome back to My Full Life!
If you’re a new reader, My Full Life is my series featuring working moms such as myself. My goal for this series is to ultimately gather together a tribe of women that my readers can go to for advice and feel they are not alone. I’ve got enough women to continue this series through the end of the year and I can’t wait!
Today’s guest is a Mom who shares the ins and outs of her days as a Registered Dietitian, Full-Time Blogger and Mom of two on social media and her blog. She worked hard to get where she’s at in her career and has great perspective on aligning her work to motherhood. I’m excited for Lindsay to share her story!
Tell me a little about yourself- what you do and what your family looks like.
I’m a mom of two. My son is three my daughter is one. My husband and I have been married nine years. I’m a Registered Dietitian, full-time blogger at The Lean Green Bean and also do part-time nutrition communications work for another dietitian.
How did you get in your current role?
I just entered my 8th year of blogging. I started way back in 2010 when there weren’t nearly as many bloggers as there are now. It started as a hobby as I went back to school to become an RD. I blogged through my years of school and my dietetic internship and then turned it into a career once I passed the RD exam.
I met the other RD that I do work for at our annual RD Nutrition conference and did volunteer work for her while I was in school. When I passed my exam, she created a paid position for me in her company. For the past 4 years I’ve been working 10-15 hours a week for her but recently cut back on my hours.
I’m so impressed how you were able to leverage your certification and blog and turn it into a career that’s all your own. Do you have any advice for anyone out there looking to do the same?
What accomplishment are you most proud of professionally? What about as a parent?
Passing the RD exam. Going back to school and basically starting college all over again was a huge leap for me and I was so proud when I reached my goal. As a parent, my kids are still little but I’m proud of pretty much everything they do. We’re working hard to raise them to be kind and decent human beings who love learning and treat everyone with respect.
Tell me a bit about what your work days look like. What do your routines look like?
I work from home and also watch both kids full time so no two days are the same. Most of my work is done early in the morning before they wake up, during nap time and after they go to bed. I do my best to be as present as possible with them during the day!
What are your favorite meals for days when you’re short on time? Any advice for ensuring your kids get a balanced diet?
What do your weekends look like?
I do my best to unplug on the weekends. I’m rarely get on my computer. I try not to check my email as frequently and really focus on enjoying time as a family of four.
What has been your biggest struggle as a working mom? How have you overcome it?
Balance. My blog is online and between blogging tasks, social media, etc it’s been hard to find a balance between being plugged in enough to do my job well and disconnecting enough to give my kids my full attention. I
t’s taken some time, but I’ve gotten a lot better at putting my kids first, especially in the past year. I’ve cut back on posting, focused a lot on quality over quantity and stopped beating myself up if I don’t get certain posts done when I originally planned. They’ll only be little once and I don’t want to miss it.
I too cut back on blogging when I became a Mom and then again when I went back to work. Cutting yourself slack is hard- any thoughts on how to do that for others struggling with this?
If you could go back in time, what would you tell yourself as you were preparing to return to work?
To cut myself some slack. I put a lot of pressure on myself to do it all after my son was born and not fall behind in the blogging world…but the truth is my kids are the most important and work will always be there. So enjoy the time you have with them now!
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 think it does, but it’s not easy and it’s definitely something that requires a lot of conscious effort and work to achieve. You really just have to decide what’s most important and put that stuff first. There’s never going to be enough time for every single thing.