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Work PAUSE Thrive: How to Pause for Parenthood Without Killing Your Career by Lisen Stromberg is a great read for career women who struggle with balancing work and family life.
As an independent woman, working is important to me. I am also a mom. I understand very well the challenges that mothers go through trying to balance work and family. It is not easy, and more often than not I question if I am making the right decisions when it comes to balancing work and family.
I was a late bloomer. I went back to school and started my career after having given birth to both of my children. Nonetheless, I always had big aspirations for myself and who I wanted to be as a career women. After graduating college, I went to work at a PR agency. But having two little ones at home and struggling with finding good affordable day care, it quickly became clear to me that maintaining a regular 9-whenever was going to be very difficult.
In trying to find the perfect balance for me and my family, during the first 3 years of my career, I learned to PAUSE. I didn’t realized then that what I was doing was going to benefit me in the long run because it would end up bringing clarity to my life and aspirations.
I now work from home doing work that I love and makes me happy with people I admire. This to me feels like success.
In her book, Work PAUSE Thrive: How to Pause for Parenthood Without Killing Your Career, Lisen Stromberg reveals how trailblazing women have disrupted the traditional career paradigm to achieve their personal and professional goals and provides readers with a blueprint for how they, too, can integrate kids with their career.
She provides a number of facts, and results from a survey she conducted of over a thousand women. She also explains how many women in the workforce have paused their careers to dedicate more time to family and how after doing so have being able to thrive whether by rejoining the workforce or creating their own career path.
I am a big advocate for women who join the workforce and want to succeed. I don’t necessarily believe that the only way to success is by joining a big company and moving up the ladder. Actually, most of the women I look up to and I’m inspired by have left their jobs (either by choice or not) to follow their own paths and build on their dreams.
Work PAUSE Thrive is a testament to ALL women that says that it is alright to pause and take the time to evaluate what is important to you and your family, and how you want to move forward in life after having family.
Work Pause Thrive Giveaway
Enter for a chance to win one of 15 copies of Work PAUSE Thrive! Giveaway ends March 11, 2017. Winners will be randomly selected and notified by CLEVER by March 14, 2017. Smart Little Cookie is not responsible for the delivery of the prize. One winner per household. Winner must be 18+. Open to US residents only.
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