This week’s working mom spotlight features the “juggle” of Diana Limongi, and let me tell her the girl has her priorities right. All praise for hiring a cleaning person! Learn more about her work and life below, and check out her blog, LadydeeLG. You can also find her on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Tell us what you do for a living.
During the day I am a legal secretary at a law school. I am also a freelance writer and blogger.
How many kids do you have? Ages?
I have one son who just turned 4.
Explain your average morning.
I wake up at the last possible moment. Hitting the snooze button as many times as possible. Sometimes my son comes to wake me up. I ask him to cuddle in bed if it’s too early. When I get up, it’s rush rush rush. I give my son milk and I get ready, get him ready (or dad does) and then we walk to daycare. I usually get him breakfast on the way there (there are days when he will eat breakfast at home). I usually have coffee on my way to work and have breakfast in the office. There are days when I go straight to the office and my husband drops my son off at daycare.
Give us a glimpse into your daily “juggle.” Do you work in an office or at home? Do you connect with your kids throughout the day?
I work in an office. My son goes to daycare three times a week. When he does, I usually email the teacher once a week just to see how he is doing. When he’s at home I call to chat with him or I text his dad to see how he is doing. His dad will post funny videos or pics on Instagram, or he’ll send me messages. Sometimes my son requests to call me. I try to make pick-up at least once a week so I can chat with teachers or see what’s happening (especially if I don’t drop him off).
How does your family keep track of schedules and activities?
I am usually the person that keeps track of the stuff that’s going on (birthday parties, doctor appointments). When my son was younger I was doing a lot more weekend activities (since it’s the only time I can do something with him), but during the winter I decided not to do anything; the weather was just so awful and I was too tired when the weekend came around!
Describe your dream schedule?
My dream schedule would be either 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. every day or three days at the office and one from home.
How do you use your time at night once the kids are asleep?
I try to get writing done, or pack lunch for the next day … however what usually ends up happening is that I lay down with my son and fall asleep with him until about midnight or 1 a.m., of course at that point I can’t do anything other than climb into my bed and go to sleep!
What is the best thing about being a working mom? Hardest thing?
The best thing is that I get to learn a lot and be around people I love working with. The hardest thing is the schedule and trying to get things done (like doctor appointments and anything that you can only schedule during regular business hours).
How do you relieve stress or carve out “me” time?
I try to go get manicures and pedicures. I try to go to yoga. I’m lucky that I work with really great people so that helps keep me sane. Unfortunately, I don’t see my friends as much as I’d like.
Share a treasured tip you’ve received from another mom.
Remember to take care of yourself so you can take care of your family.
Last great book you’ve read: Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson
My greatest guilty pleasure: Chocolate … and a cleaning lady…. I think I can live without the first but not the second. 😉
Are you a working mom who would like share your “juggle?”
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