1.) What do you do?
Each week, we take some time to get to know one of our members a little bit better. This week, we talked with Margalit, a pro-blogger, writer, and mom of two.
I blog professionally as well as do some freelance technical writing and editing. This week we're launching a new blog about parenting teens and young adults, MidCentury Modern Moms.
2.) How did you end up in your current career?
I started as a technical writer way back in the paleolithic age, around 1980. I was a software engineer for a bit before that, but hated it. Writing seemed to be a natural progression from engineering into the glorious world of software. I took a course at a local community college and earned a certificate in technical writing, and then moved into the field. I worked my way up from a junior writer to the director of Technical Communications at a medium-size software company. From there, I started my own consultant company and had 10 employees working at various computer companies in the Boston area. Now I've downsized to just doing freelance writing and, after starting my own blog in 2003, moved into blogging for both technical and non-technical companies. And that's where I am today!
3.) What's your dream job?
Oh, my dream job is to run a sailing school and rental in the Caribbean, where the weather is warm, and I can sail year round. Like that's going to happen.
4.) Tell us a few things on your Life To-Do List
I've done much of the things on my to-do list, but I still want to go to India, Australia, New Zealand, and Japan. I want to see my children graduate from college and settle into their adult lives. I want to sail across the Atlantic, but not alone! I want to live in northern Italy for a year and go to cooking schools there and learn how to make fabulous northern Italian food. Then I want to go to the Culinary Institute of America in upstate New York and do a pastry workshop. I want to plant a huge organic vegetable garden and sell my extra produce at the farmer's market in town. And lastly, I want to have a bunch of dogs and become the crazy dog lady in my neighborhood!
5) What's for you the toughest challenge when it comes to juggling work and family?
I've got two special-needs kids, and they both require an inordinate amount of doctor's appointments. Of course those can only be scheduled during school time, which causes an amazing amount of stress for everyone involved. Juggling schedules, transportation, and missed school work is often close to impossible and the outcome is often an angry kid, a guilty mom because her promised work is being ignored, and an huge amount of stress. This is almost always our toughest challange, but we're always working on making it easier on everyone involved.