It’s was ironic that last week I was invited to sit in a beautiful office setting, to have a chat about life, motherhood, and other inspirational things with over 30 moms that work. I say ironic because the word “work” is not what many of these women feel they are doing.
Yes, they do have a job, the title of a “working mom”, and collect a paycheck, but again, “work” is not what they call it.
These women are the moms of Northwood Realty, and their passion is not work, it is a fulfilling lifestyle that allows them to live and enjoy their life.
We had a conversation.
We made connections.
We were real.
We were passionate.
We realized that we are more than moms, BUT truly can have it all when the time is right, whatever “having it all” means to you.
You have to define what “having it all” means to you. It’s different for everyone. #NorthwoodForMoms
— The Motherhood (@theMotherhood) May 22, 2015
The concept of how we do it all with family and having a career was a topic that these women knew a lot about. They spoke with so much passion when they shared their reasons for joining Northwood Realty. The one thing that was a constant in the conversation was the way they were treated, and how the company understood moms. They understood what a mother and family need to make it in today’s world, and Northwood gives them opportunity to do. Whether it be going to their child’s baseball game, doctor’s appointments, or school graduation, these moms were able to be there to see it, experience it, and share in the memories with their kids. Not many companies give that opportunity. The have you crammed back to back with schedules, meetings, and deadlines. They don’t give you the chance to make your life and career balance out. These women have that chance.
Emotions were flowing in the room that evening. When we spoke of our children and the life we can give them, that even sparked more tears. Tears of love for our children, but also from the moms of Northwood, tears of happiness that they are able to be there for them. I loved when one of the Northwood Moms, Celeste Kasten, spoke fondly of her mom, who is a retired agent, but was also sharing in the evening with us. She talked about how she got the “real estate drive” from her and remembers watching her as she grew up, sitting in the car doing homework during appointments and helping at open houses. We also talked about motherhood. This was the type of conversation that needs to happen when moms get together. We need to take on the hard stuff, and be real about what motherhood is. Talking about perfection and being real is something that women, not just moms need to do. Like I had said in our conversation, “we need to live an intentional life, and it’s ok to show laundry in our instagram pictures!”
We need to show the hard stuff, and to help other moms see that it’s ok to ask for help. All of us get it, we understand, and we stand by you.
Like Tom Hosack, the CEO and President of Northwood says, “it’s a mom’s world.” And Tom and his team have done an amazing job proving that to all the moms that work for them.
I have considered so many times in my life about becoming an agent. My agent that sold my old house, and helped buy our new house, was Brenda Berger from Northwood. Brenda even said to me at one time in the process that I should as well. The flexibility and working for a company that understands that, alone, has always made me admire agents like her.
Our evening ended with smiles, and lots of inspiration. We would love for you to jump in and tell us how you do it all as a working mom? Or even if you are an agent, we would love to hear your thoughts!
CHEERS AND LOVE
Disclosure: I teamed up with The Motherhood and Northwood Realty Services to chat about happiness as moms and we can follow our passions through work and home. Although compensated for attending the event and writing this post, all opinions remain my own. #NorthwoodForMoms
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Author: Nicole Mildren
Nicole Mildren is the author of Champagne To Crayons, first time mom, and celebrates motherhood in the best way she knows how; by remembering she is just not a mom. Owning her own business, and Marketing Director of the Pittsburgh MomCon helps her stay sane in the world of motherhood.