Posts Tagged ‘work life balance’

C4W Member Profile: Jaime Moore

July 10, 2013

jaimemooreWhat is your profession? I own Carolina Classic Clothing, which features the exclusive ETCETERA clothing line.  Four times a year, my home becomes a pop-up-boutique and women have the opportunity to shop at trunk shows and purchase high-quality, exquisite clothing.  From career,  to casual, to evening elegance.

What do you enjoy doing outside of your career? Civic work, entertaining, gardening, motorcycle riding, cooking, fine wine and theatre.

How long have you been a member of the Center for Women? I was a previous member for two years and re-joined in June 2013.

What inspired you to become a member? My life is blessed beyond belief and I wanted to give back and support women who may not be as fortunate.  C4W truly is a great organization!

What kind of impact has the Center for Women had on you? From my past membership, the impact for me personally was networking and relationship building.

How has living day-to-day as a woman affected you? I think women have the hardest job in the world.  We are expected to be everything to everybody.  The juggling act we do is no less than miraculous!  As a woman, I feel I have had to run faster, jump higher, out-bake, out-maneuver, and attempt to out-think any man on the planet in order to prove myself in business, being a wife and mother, serving on a variety of boards, keeping a home and caring for myself.  You see where I rank!  I listed “caring for myself” last!

What kind of message would you like to send out to women who are trying to succeed in today’s economy? Be prepared to sacrifice.  Never stop believing in yourself.  Don’t stop trying.  For every ten people that say no to you, remember that it only takes one to say yes.  Network – network – network!  Ask other successful women for resources and advice.

How can people connect with you? There are multiple ways to reach me:

a)      Email – jaime_moore@bellsouth.net

b)      Phone – (843) 408-5419

c)      Facebook – Carolina Classic Clothing

d)      Website – CarolinaClassicClothing.com

e)      Pinterest – Carolina Classic Clothing

f)       Linkedin – Jaime Moore

g)      Twitter – CCCbyJaimeMoore

C4W Member Profile: Dorie Wallace

January 9, 2013

doriewallaceWhat is your profession?  Vice President of Customer Support, Blackbaud.  I lead a team of about 200 employees serving 20,000 nonprofits in the US and Canada.

What do you enjoy doing outside of your career? As a creative outlet – I love to sew.  It lets me be creative while still fitting my need for precision. I make all of my own curtains, pillows, etc.  I also enjoy ladies night out as often as I can!  I am married with two very active kids.  In addition to spending time with my husband enjoying all that Charleston has to offer, I love watching my kids play sports – mostly basketball and soccer.

How long have you been a member of the Center for Women? I just joined!

What inspired you to become a member? I am very interested in learning from other business leaders in our community and giving back to women joining the corporate world.

What kind of impact has the Center for Women had on you?   I signed up for the blogs and newsletters over a year ago and definitely picked up some great career advice.  I have been very impressed with the tools C4W offers women looking to expand their skills and experience.

How has living day-to-day as a woman affected you? I want to be supermom, superwife, superhuman.  It’s not possible.  I want to do the PTA, volunteer at the school, be a girl scout leader, while still exceeding the expectations of my career.  It took me a while to realize that I can’t do that.  I had to redefine what being a ‘great mom’ or a ‘great employee means for me.  For me, it means that I do lunch duty once a month instead of twice a month.  I can’t be a troop leader for the girls scouts, but I  can help with the craziness that is cookie sales because I can do that when the kids go to bed. It means I have to miss the PTA meeting on occasion because I have to go out of town for work.  It means that I leave work at 5:30 most days so I can have dinner with my family…the presentation can wait.  And that’s OK.

I’m incredibly lucky to have a partner as my husband.  He and I truly share the responsibilities of our family.  I’m lucky to work for a company that supports work/life balance and a position that affords me the flexibility to see the school play and leave at a decent hour to make ladies night out.

My ability to succeed…to survive…depends on my prioritization skills.  I determine what actually has to occur and what I would like to occur and do what I can while still finding time to catch up on a book.  It took me a few years to get there but I am there now…even though I do still struggle every once in a while when I get that email asking for volunteers for the Thanksgiving party at school.

What kind of message would you like to send out to women who are trying to succeed in today’s economy? It is imperative to not shop hungry when you are looking for a new job.  I am sure that is easier said than done, but you and your family will benefit in the long run if you take a job that you are passionate and excited about.  Always ‘run to’ a job instead of ‘running from’ one.

How can people connect with you?  Via LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/doriewallace, Twitter: @DorieWa, or email at dorie.wallace@blackbaud.com.

C4W Member Profile: Stacey Elicker

February 11, 2011

What is your profession? Owner & Strategic Planning at Little Highrise.

What do you enjoy doing outside of your career? Spending time with my family and cooking.

How long have you been a member of the Center for Women? One year.

What inspired you to become a member? I became a member to meet other entrepreneurs and learn from other women. Navigating the business world as a woman business owner is much different than many people might think.

What kind of impact has the Center for Women had on you? It has given me a rich appreciation of the power of women helping women. It can sometimes be tough for women to trust others, but the Center for Women has proven that if we put ours minds to it, we can accomplish anything – together!

How has living day-to-day as a woman affected you? The demands of work-life balance have always been a struggle. I can attest to the fact that it is indeed possible to be successful at both at the same time.

What kind of message would you like to send out to women who are trying to succeed in today’s economy? Many people think that women in the workplace are at a disadvantage. If you research your market and refine your approach, women have a huge advantage in every marketplace. Analyze your strengths as a woman and use those as one of your unique selling points.

The Quest for Balance

August 31, 2010

Guest blogger Angie Mizzell shares her ongoing quest for balance.

My best friend once told me I have changed careers like I change Halloween costumes. Her assessment of my resume was funny, and true.

I have tried on a lot of professional hats since leaving my “big career” in the television newsroom seven years ago. I call it my “big career,” because there was a time I couldn’t imagine doing anything else. I thought by this time in my life, I would be settled behind the anchor desk, living out my happily ever after.

But one day, my priorities began to shift. Work hadn’t changed. I had. I wanted more flexibility, more control of my schedule and more freedom to be creative. I had arrived at a crossroads.

During that time, I went to my primary care physician for a checkup and found myself talking to her about the stress I was under. She responded by giving me a glimpse into her own life. She said, “I have my career, and I have my family. I used to think I could have it all. And now, I realize I have to make choices.” Her statement can be interpreted a lot of ways, but I took it to mean that I need to determine my priorities. Sure, I was in a high pressure job, but I was expecting more from myself than what was actually being asked of me. There are only so many hours in a day, and we do what we can do. Some days are more productive than others. That’s life, and we are not machines.

I left my career in search of the proverbial state of balance. But I found something else.

Today, I’m a freelance writer and mom to two young boys, and on most days, I feel like a big mess. It’s not easy to write when my brain feels like a circus, or there’s an actual circus playing out in my living room. I don’t have much more balance in my life than when I started this journey, but I can tell you I’m a lot closer to fulfillment than I was back then.

The reason is simple. I love my work.

I’ve come to believe that balance is a state of mind, not a reflection of my to-do list. When we think of balance, we often think of a scale. But I see my life as a pendulum — almost always swinging and rarely at rest. I seek opportunities to be still (I take them when I can get them) and center myself. I consistently take an inventory of my life and what’s on my plate, and I reevaluate when necessary. I ask myself what “having it all” really means to me, and I work towards that ideal, while understanding I can only control so much. There’s a lot of trust involved.

What does work-life balance mean to you?

Angie Mizzell is a writer and columnist for Lowcountry Parent magazine. You can contact her by visiting her blog, “Stories of life, love and leaps of faith” at www.AngieMizzell.com.

When personal and professional parts of our lives are out of balance, stress can take hold. Join the Work-life Balance: Ways to restore harmony and reduce stress Empowerment Group at the C4W Mondays, September 6-27. This group is for women seeking to identify and target life stressors to restore balance and harmony in their lives. Strategies to enhance life-work balance will be explored during the four weeks. Facilitated by Leize Gaillard, LPC-I, NCC.


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