with Karli Larson
The transition from stay-at-home mom to divorced-and-working-full-time mom can be challenging, and sometimes very lonely. Throw in a few cats, an ancient dog and one very brave boyfriend, and life gets downright crazy. Join me as I talk through my thoughts and struggles, my miscalculations and my triumphs. We're in this together, you and I.
When I'm not writing here you can find me over at work on the TisBest Philanthropy blog.
I had arranged my overnight business trip to LA to coincide with my son’s visit with his Dad, so I could meet with clients and host lunch meetings without feeling that lurking, creeping business Mom’s guilt: get back to the child or he will be messed up for life.
I had packed his snacks, his Hot Wheels, his favorite books and rolled his tiny jeans into cinnamon bun curls in his custom luggage. I had wrapped his hand in mine on the ferry to go see his Daddy, explaining that I would see him in just a few days. And oh, look, sweetie, there’s a whale! And Mommy will miss you, and see you in just a little while.
By the time I dropped him off and took the ferry back and staggered in my front door, it was close to midnight. So I glanced balefully at my pyjamas, strewn at the foot of my bed, and did what I always do: sat at my computer to write, to propose, to sell: to squeeze my brain into emails and strategies with the knowledge that my career will provide everything my son needs. When I was done with my inbox, the sun was a dim pink light, slicing through the trees. It was time to get to the airport.
I had some time in LA between client meetings, and I pulled my rental car into a shaded Starbuck’s lot, fighting the urge to recline my seat and close my eyes for a few minutes. Business trips as a single Mom, for me, are a tangled concoction of elation, focus, guilt, fatigue, and pride that I am somehow juggling this, making it happen. And I want to keep getting better at it.
My name is Kristin: dedicated career woman, lover of snowboarding and yoga pants, and fiercely proud single Mama to my almost-three year old son. I am an ad sales executive and social media consultant, conducting my business from home and, often relying on my Mom when I have to be on the road.
I’ve admired Work It Mom for a long time, and am thrilled to be joining the team. I know there are other single Moms out there, struggling with dating, business tripping, and scaling the corporate ladder while immersed in the viciously challenging School of Single Motherhood. I’m excited to be able to share my experiences here, and am looking forward to hearing about yours, too.
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