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It Takes a Village

In Career, coaching, Entrepreneurs, Family, Lifestyle, motherhood, Relationships on September 10, 2018 at 15:43

By Laura Sgroi

I have always loved being around of people. I enjoy chosen solitude and the silence and focus resulting from isolation, but I thrive in company.

In my thirties, I have confirmed that once again. From the support received on this blog/book project since day one to my most recent endeavors, the people around me have been vital in each case.

One of the best examples is going back to work now that I am a mom.

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Any mom will tell you that your career takes on all kinds of new challenges once you’re balancing it with raising a child.

After having my first baby, I gave myself an average time for maternity leave (USA, we need to work on that asap) and pursued the opportunity to get back to work. I started pushing 4-month old Luca in a stroller to meetings, group coaching and events locally and away from home, even abroad. My sister Amy has held him while I have gotten my hair and nails done by the Nica ladies at the Spa in Miami Shores for my first Vision Board Workshop as a coach.

While I am building my public speaking and coaching career, my days in entertainment aren’t completely over (when work calls, I answer)–but they are different. I have been self-employed working as a TV & Events production management freelancer for sixteen years.

The first production gig was an eye-opening experience. I chose an “easy” show. Pre-production from home, pushed the stroller to an information talk during a volunteer recruiting event at a college close to home and then prepared to leave my baby (3 days shy of turning 4 months) with my sister, whose wonderful boss gave her a day off so she could take care of him.

I left breast milk, three different brands of milk formulas, multiple bottles and nipples, clothes, diapers, wipes, toys, and instructions including local police contact info. As I drove to the venue, I was surprised to feel so at peace leaving my child for the first time. I knew he was in great hands.

I arrived a few minutes late (working on that, can’t even blame the child) and started rolling. Only a couple hours had passed when I got a text from my sister. She asked me to come back home and pick them up because my son didn’t want to take the bottle. I told the closest members of the team that I had to step out, took one hour to drive back home, fed him, and then drove them back with me for another hour (luckily Miami’s lovely traffic had not officially started at that time, but the event was on the opposite side of the city).

That was only the beginning of three long days of work with my child onsite. My sister stayed in a dressing room with no windows or electronics for two, 10+ hours days, babysitting her nephew so I could make some money. My husband came on the third day and did the same.

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So many things are still going through my head about that experience: For brief moments, I felt like an actress with my family entourage on set, breastfeeding during taping breaks. I felt grateful to have the support and flexibility of my blood and work families to do that. I felt sad and frustrated for the millions of women who don’t have access to childcare (or elderly care), which takes away their financial freedom and keeps them out of the workforce and even society. We need to be intentional and active about this.

“It takes a village to raise a child”. Yes, it does. It takes a family, a community, and a village. And I am beyond blessed to have it all while I keep working to find and nurture you, my tribe.

Thank You All.

Grateful,

Laura

Note: This post is an adapted excerpt from our upcoming book, ‘In Our Thirties’. I would appreciate your constructive feedback. Stay tuned for the launch!

Photo credits:

1st photo by: Isis Santana Photography

2nd photo by a dear production colleague

Happy. Grateful. No Regrets!

In Career, Contributors, Family, Relationships on May 12, 2014 at 08:30

By Johanna Salazar

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When I was turning twenty-nine I felt sad and confused, it was the end of my twenties, meaning the end of my youth!

Oh boy, I was so wrong. It was really interesting seeing how I went from feeling as if my youth was over, to the moment when I turned thirty, only twelve months later; I went back to feeling younger than ever. I can’t tell you what happened or how it happened, it just happened.

Today, I find that my priorities are different. My family is and has always been very important to me, but I feel like they are more valuable to me now more than ever before. My relationship with my mother is something I work on and cherish every day. I am so grateful for everyone in my life and for the opportunities that come my way. At thirty, I started seeing life in a different way, I felt young and fearless. Although I always had this feeling, it became more powerful after thirty. I would say that the thing that matters most to me now, is being happy and living with no regrets. Knowing that I pursued all my goals and dreams and I lived my best life is probably the most important thing to me right now. I’m also becoming more aware of the girl that I was and the woman that I am and the woman I want to be. Thoughts of starting my own family started circling in my head as well; this is something strange to me, given that I have made my career my priority for so long. I live in Gratitude every single day of my life.

Relationships are also different for me today at the age of thirty-three. When I was in my twenties, I was not so aware of the relationships I was building. Now, I feel very blessed with the decisions I made and the relationships I have built over the years. I see how building good and long-lasting relationships has made my personal and business life so much better.

At the young age of thirty-three, I feel happy, grateful, fulfilled, passionate, and powerful. Every day I live my purpose. I have allowed myself to recognize that my passion for the cause is bigger than my ego. My core values drive my passion towards achieving my vision. I am a fearless, determined, perseverant woman. Every year I feel younger and stronger. If this is what it feels like at thirty-three, I can’t wait to be forty-three.

About Johanna:

MEDIA DISRUPTER!

Content /Media/Digital Strategist, Professional Changemaker, Future Author & Enjoys laughing at her own jokes! 

Co-Founder, YWSE-Miami
Founder/ Owner, Aceneth Media
Co-Founder/ CEO, Grateful Group 

Follow her on Twitter: @_JohannaSalazar

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Best Week Ever to Be 30+!

In News on June 14, 2013 at 09:30

Dear readers,LS-IMG_0200

How are you?

I am doing great!

I can’t barely write this email! My hands are shaking with excitement!

This week was our Best Week Ever! We exceeded our own expectations!

Check out our updates:

-We were deeply impressed with the prompt and positive response from Expert Contributors and we confirmed amazing Guest Pieces on “Work/Life Balance” and “Relationships & Sexuality in our 30s”!

-Seduced a gentleman and he gave us “The Male Perspective” about being 30+!

-Finished writing a helpful Reading Group Guide that will be a Bonus included in the book “Now that I Am in My 30s”!

-This week our blog received first-time visits from countries such as Poland, China, El Salvador, Hong Kong, New Zealand and Venezuela!

-I got my parents officially involved in the process of giving birth to their first “braingrandchild” and they are now helping me with final touches to the book!

-Carolina Santurian’s story  “Dream as if you’ll live forever, live as if you’ll die tomorrow”  touched and inspired hundreds of readers around the world!

As we keep receiving amazing essays and requests from readers interested in sharing their experiences being 30+, I will extend the deadline to receive drafts for the book until next Friday June 21st!  Please take this weekend to finish yours and send it to me early next week! If you send it after June 21st, I won’t be able to include it on the book, only on the blog!

I would love to hear stories from all continents, please share this message with all your friends in all your networks around the world!

Thanks again for all your support!

Enjoy your weekend!

With much love,

Laura

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