Ever dream of having the best of both worlds? To be able to work and get your creative juices flowing, but still be around for your child’s school drop-off and pick-up? Breezy Mama Contributing Editor Robyn Lass interviewed three women, in three very different fields, and found out how they made that dream a reality. Meet Cara Ballard, of Paradise Baby Co., Heidi Ferrer, a Hollywood screen writer, and Erin Taylor, the owner of two successful retail stores, botanik and Amelia Jane.
From Robyn. . .
For any parent the act of managing family, work, and personal life can feel as precarious as juggling knives. One false move and oops! Breezy Mama found inspiration from these three smart and successful moms who have found unique ways to build on their dreams while still making their families a priority.
For Cara Ballard, being married to a surf film maker not only allowed her to travel but it also gave her insight into how difficult it can be to travel with kids. Her personal experience led to the launch of Paradise Baby Co., which rents baby and kid necessities on her home island of Oahu. Here Cara shares her story of inspiration and success.
How did you become a business owner, was it something you always wanted to do?
Living where I do on the North Shore of Oahu it is really a difficult place to make a living because of the lack of jobs available. Growing up here, I always saw that a lot of people really had to get creative with how they made a living. There were artists, surfboard shapers, fishermen, pro surfers, shell divers and farmers. I always thought that these jobs were more my style, work for myself and have freedom.
How did you get started?
After my daughter Daysha was born in 2005 my husband had to go to Australia for a surf film job when she was only three weeks old. Of course he was not about to leave us behind so we took her passport photo at four days old and prepared to leave. While I was booking our hotel I found a company that provided baby equipment for rent. We used the service for a bassinet, stroller and car seat. Everything was delivered and waiting for us when we arrived. With the stress of flying with the baby, [Read more…] about Juggling Careers and Mommyhood – 3 Women Break it Down