I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting (#MC) for Mom Corps YOU. I received a free trial to facilitate my review and a promotional item as a thank you for participating.
When I was in college, I had big plans for a career in marketing. It was also in college that I learned my most important life lesson–that no matter how well you plan, life has a way of throwing you curve balls. I met and fell in love with a U.S. Marine. The lifestyle of a military family isn’t conducive to a spouse’s career, especially if that career involves climbing a corporate ladder in a handful of select elite advertising agencies, none of which is located anywhere near any of the potential duty stations where the family will be stationed.
I was able to work, but since we could only count on living in one place for 2-4 years, I had to find work quickly rather than taking time to find the “perfect” job. Thankfully, I stumbled into a job that I loved, working with people I liked and admired. When I became pregnant, my husband and I were thrilled and I looked forward to adding the motherhood dimension to my already happy life.
All mothers out there know that pregnancy, childbirth, and motherhood change you in many ways, a lot of them unexpected. The biggest change for me was that as soon as I held my son in my arms for the first time, I abandoned all thoughts of returning to work. I couldn’t fathom handing this tiny being off to a stranger to influence, care for, and love. Also, because I’m pretty Type-A, and had established a habit of working 12 hour days, I wasn’t sure I would be satisfied with myself if I shortchanged both work and my son in an effort to achieve balance. Until that moment, it had never occurred to me to be a stay-at-home mom (SAHM). I hated all things domestic and had defined myself by my success at work. But hormones and the bond with my child insisted on this new course and thus I embarked on a 15-year career as a SAHM.
Another thing all mothers know is that time goes blazing by when you have children. One minute you’re changing diapers and the next you’re teaching your baby how to drive. So, although it SEEMED like I earned my MBA and was head of marketing just a few years ago, the reality was that my education and work experience was sorely outdated when all of my children were in school and I decided I needed to think about going back to work. I wasn’t sure how I was going to translate my experience as a PTO Vice President, volunteer chairperson, and household manager into a resume that would impress prospective employers in the business world. That, of course, is how I ended up becoming a blogger instead and taking a part-time job at the elementary school to build up skills and work references to add to my outdated and feeble resume.
Little did I know that blogging would become a truly viable career for me. Now that I realize all the potential of this career, I’m struggling with how to balance everything I want to accomplish in this new area of my life with my responsibilities to my family. Though my kids are in school all day, the hours outside of school are jam packed with homework, extracurricular activities, and chores. Thankfully, I was introduced to Mom Corps YOU.
Mom Corps YOU is an online community designed to help moms better integrate their professional and personal lives. Whether you want to return to the work force, change careers, advance your career, or just find a way to enjoy success both at home and at work, this site offers everything you need to make it happen. The site is designed with moms in mind. You can find useful resources in all of the following areas:
- Health & Wellness
Not sure what you want to do? Check out the Business Idea Checklist or find out about Practical Skills Assessment Tests.
Want to negotiate for a flexible work schedule at your job? There’s an article to help you craft your proposal.
Struggling with finances? Read up on whether you should Pay Down Debt or Invest or fill out the Financial Inventory Worksheet.
Mom Corps YOU also takes into account that not everyone wants to read through dozens of articles to get the information they need so they also offer webinars to share information. You can watch a webinar on how to achieve work/life balance or how to write a resume that will get noticed.
You can also take part in the discussion forums where you can ask and answer questions related to work, family, finances etc. and network with other moms who face the same challenges.
I honestly don’t think you will find another site that can offer you such a wealth of information and resources designed specifically for your dual role of mom and professional. I’ve learned so much in just a few weeks of being in the Mom Corps YOU community that has helped me straighten out things in both my home life and career and helped me to set realistic, actionable goals as well.
I hope you’ll consider joining me so we can grow and learn together. Mom Corps YOU access is available as an annual online subscription for a special introductory price of $99.99 (regular price is $149.99) or $19.99 per month. I’ve already talked about some of the features I really enjoy, but to summarize, included in the subscription you’ll gain access to:
- Increased Visibility–If you’re looking for a job, Mom Corps YOU will promote you and help connect you to recruiters
- Bi-Weekly Webinars–Live discussions of topics that matter to you like staying healthy or how to return to the work force after taking a break to raise a family.
- Live Chat Coaching–You get access to professional recruiters to gather tips on how to get a leg up on other job candidates
- Discussion Forums–Connect with other moms who are also trying to balance work and family
- Weekly Newsletter–Even if you don’t make time to engage in the online community every day, you’ll get the highlights and useful tips delivered to your inbox each week.
- Tools & Resources–Ebooks, checklists, articles, and more to help you achieve your goals
Please take a few minutes to visit the Mom Corps YOU website and explore all that it has to offer. I’m sure you will be as impressed as I was and excited to join and start reaping all of its benefits.