Ep 121: Confessions of a Corporate Mom

Alright ladies, welcome to this episode of The she is extraordinary Podcast. I am so excited to be bringing you, Maria Maldonado Smith. She is a mom. She’s a wife. She’s a champion of the working mom. So I just love that I connected with Maria on Instagram. And if you’re on Instagram and you’re not connected with her, you need to. Okay her handle is Confessions of a corporate mom. And there’s a couple of underscores but I think if you search it that way, you will find her. Let me tell you a little bit about Maria before I start asking her some questions, and we have a really great conversation. Maria was born and raised in Kentucky. She’s a former Miss Kentucky and Kentucky Derby queen. So that’s really cool. But you know what, I don’t know about you ladies listening. But um, I used to think like beauty queens were kind of snooty and snobby and not really approachable.

That is not Maria. So you’re just gonna love her, I’m sure. And now Maria really loves her home state of Kentucky. But her corporate career took her away from that. And she spent the last 15 years in corporate America working for four major companies in three different industries. And Maria, you’ll hear has been very successful in corporate America. She’s received leadership boards, promotions and other accolades. All are having babies, raising kids and having a thriving marriage. I’m so excited for this conversation. Because I know I have a bunch of corporate mamas that listen. So welcome, Maria.

Thank you, thank you so much for having me. I’m so excited, we were finally able to do this. I know, we have been in it’s been in the works for a while. So I’m so excited, we’re finally able to sit down and chat. I agree. Oh, my goodness. Alright, so I really, really resonate with being that corporate Mama, I was a single mom of three busy inactive boys for years. And at that time, I was juggling a lot. I was a full time lawyer, a part time realtor. But somehow by God’s grace, it all works. So as we begin, I would love for you, Maria to share with the ladies listening a bit more about your background, and your inspiration for serving as this advocate for working moms. Oh, absolutely. So Gosh, I would have to go back to just really when, you know, you’d mentioned Miss Kentucky and then the derby queen. And all of that was great and fun. And honestly, it really is what paid my way through college. So I really use that as an opportunity. And my parents couldn’t afford to put me all the way through or to fund that. So it was a way for me to accomplish a couple of things. One, fulfill a lifelong dream of becoming Miss Kentucky, which I’d had that goal since I was six, seven years of age, always loved watching Miss America with my mother. And that was just my goal. Just a huge goal of mine.

And then also to to go to college. So neither one of my parents graduated from college, my mother went to Business College, but not a four year, you know, institution. And in my father is was an immigrant from Argentina with an eighth grade education. So, you know, he he knew horses and worked in the horse racing industry his entire life and for 50 years of his career until he passed in 2018. So so I think when I think back on a lot of that stuff, I always say that like corporate kind of found me, because I really came out of both of those experiences with having been Miss Kentucky competing at Miss America being the derby, Queen. And all in all of those were scholarship opportunities. So including the derby princess program, which is a phenomenal program as well. And that’s really what propelled me, I think, to those next levels. And then when I graduated college, and I finished my year, Miss Kentucky, you’re you’re actually an employee of the state of Kentucky, so you have a salary.

You You speak to two school students all across the state of Kentucky. And that really is kind of what got me into just my enjoyment of speaking my enjoyment of sharing a message of collaborating, communicating with the students, whether they were the littlest of kids, or, you know, the seniors who would kind of roll their eyes at some of the messages that, you know, I would put out there and I get it. I was an 18 year old senior, we all were at one time, but I still got enjoyment out of that. And so I took a job to continue with the Department of Agriculture for a little while after my reign, you know, after my year was up, and that actually what led me to my corporate career. I was promoting a program called Kentucky Proud and I happened to meet a district manager for a pharmaceutical company. And she pulled me aside and said you would be phenomenal in sales. You are doing so great in promoting these products. You just have such ease and such comfortability. And so much of that was because of all of the interview prep and all of the steps that it took to get me to the interview for Miss Kentucky for Miss America for the derby, Derby, apprentice program, all of that.

So it was neat and really that’s what that’s what started the process of me kind of pushing towards a corporate career and you know, About the pharmaceutical industry, but I interviewed and several interviews later, you know, got a job spent about five years in the pharmaceutical industry. And then that led to the the company and the role that I’m currently in been with them for a decade. So about 10 years, and I’ve really enjoyed just being in in, in corporate America, for me, it has afforded my family a lot of opportunity. As you mentioned, we moved from Lexington, Kentucky, where I’ve lived my entire life outside of some internships. in DC, I lived my whole life there. And so it was a way for us to, to branch out and to experience something new for our family. We had two small children at the time. And it was a promotional opportunity for myself. And, and honestly, it’s it’s led to extreme growth and success for my husband as well. It’s been a huge opportunity for him. So we, we embraced the move, we moved to the Atlanta area. And from there we’ve had two different promotional opportunities, since both on my husband’s side one to Nashville, and then now to South Florida, which is where we currently reside. Wow, that there’s so much goodness in there.

I want to I want to unwrap a little bit. I do want to mention a little known fact, I don’t know that I ever announced this. I was in a very preliminary thing of Miss America. I vied for Miss Berks County in Pennsylvania. And the first year I did it, I was third. And the second year I was second, and I never did it again. But I totally get it like, like, I was kind of half tongue in cheek when I was talking about beauty queens, because when you actually go through the process, you see the hard work. It is not like glamour and New Look at me, it’s very, you know, you know, it’s it’s it’s hard work. And the point is the scholarship. So I love that. Yes, it’s a lot of discipline, a lot of focus. And it, it’s really helped me, it’s helped me so much in my corporate career, because all of the steps that you take to go through that process in competing, you do the same thing pretty much on a daily basis, or as I’m working towards, you know, landing in acquisition or landing an account. It’s the same process that I go through as far as the preparation, the planning all of that.

Yeah, yeah. So you’re obviously very well spoken. Is your current position still in sales? It is. Yes. Yes. So a lot of my listeners are many are in corporate, many of which have a side gig and they want to turn that side gig into a full time thing, or they’re they don’t they got out of corporate and or they never were in and they’re entrepreneurial. But sales is something that we deal with. Always not even in business, but like when hubby wants to go to Italian and we want to go to Chinese. Yeah, a little bit of sales to do that.

With your expertise, I would love for you, if you wouldn’t mind dropping some sales nuggets, you know, what mistakes Do you see your team members doing? Or what advice might you have for the listeners in that regard? Yeah, honestly, I would say for for me personally and first team members that I’ve had four team members that I’ve coached and developed. It’s it’s competence is always one of the things that I I highlight. And one of the things that for me I work on continuously is just having the confidence to to be assertive, and to insert your expertise where it is necessary, because oftentimes, we like to downplay or especially as women, especially as mothers, too, we like to downplay some of our accomplishments or some of our abilities. And we don’t want to be as forceful because we don’t want people to think that we are being pushy, or we’re being too aggressive. So competence is a big one that I that that I’ve noticed just in myself over the years and and others as well. And so whenever I’ve had female team members, we’ve we’ve coached and developed around that quite a bit.

That’s true. So So how do how do how does one who doesn’t maybe feel great about herself, whether it’s the way she looks, or she’s feeling like she stumbles over her words when she’s talking to people? What are some tips in gaining that confidence that is so necessary? practice is the first word that comes to mind when I think about just some doing something consistently over time. And I used to have a teacher who always used to say, you know, it’s not practice makes perfect, it’s perfect practice that makes perfect. And so it’s doing that consistently, but doing it right and how you would need to do it consistently, in order to get the result that you’re wanting. I’ve had coaches over the past two who’ve always said, you know, in order to execute flawlessly, you have to do all of the little steps that lead up to that, because if you miss any of those in the process, then you can unfortunately execute how you want.

So there, everything is so process driven when it comes to sales. And that’s also something that that a lot of people tell themselves, they’re not good at sales and to your point, we all are salespeople. Every person that walks this planet, My children are the best salespeople in the world, because they convince me every day of things that they need that I know that they don’t. But they’re really good at convincing me that they need this app on their phone, or they need me to purchase something for them off of Amazon. So so you know that I always sometimes take life lessons from my children and say they’re the best salespeople in the world because they know how to get what they want. And they’re doing it from from nothing else other than the fact that it’s satisfying a need for them. So when I think about it, from that perspective, when I’m, you know, in a sales environment in all in trying to put myself in someone else’s perspective, or someone else’s shoes, it’s really just trying to give them what they might not know that they need.

And so, so the competence that the practice, and then insecurity I found, especially plagues women, and this was one thing that when I started the blog and started doing the managing motherhood series, and all of that, which I know we’ll get to, that was one thing that I found, sadly, was very consistent in a lot of the women that I worked with was the lack of confidence was, was really just a byproduct or cause of having a lot of insecurity around their ability, that whether it was not being pulled enough, from that positive reinforcement that they were really good at what they do, or that they that they just were always so critical of themselves. And that over time, that had just led to an insecurity in their own abilities.

That was probably one of the saddest aspects of coaching and developing women that I that I’ve run into over over time. So it’s women empowerment, and support is a huge personal driver of mine. Because I don’t think we tell each other enough, how, how awesome we are, do I love the message of your of your podcast, and just you know, she is extraordinary, because we don’t hear that enough. We hear all of the things that we’re not good at, we hear all of the things that we need to do better. But we very rarely reminder, remind ourselves of the things that we’re really good at. So I’m a huge fan of strengths finders, because it focuses on your strengths as opposed to weaknesses. And I’m a huge proponent of really capitalizing on all of the things that you do well, and making those the focal point of your success. Gosh, I love all of that. And, you know, I believe that God gives each of us a genius zone. Like there’s something special in each of us.

It’s a special talent, special skill and ability. And, you know, we as women, we tend to be more humble, and we don’t want to brag, and you’ve mentioned some of that. But sometimes we don’t even realize what our zone of genius is we just take it for granted. I’ve always been good at that. What do you mean, that’s a big deal? Isn’t everybody good at that. So to your point, you know, acknowledging what you’re good at. And, you know, understanding that God gave you that for purpose. So you shouldn’t, you know, hide it under a bushel, you should tell everyone about it so that you can help them. So that’s really great. I really appreciate that.

You would mention something else that that that I wanted to touch on. And that is the little things matter. You talked about the importance of the process of what you’re doing, whether you’re in corporate trying to go up the ladder, or if you’re an entrepreneurship trying to get to that next level. So I think sometimes we look at somebody 10 steps ahead of us. And we’re like, Oh, I’m so far behind, and then we skip or we rush or we feel behind. So I really appreciate all that. Let’s talk about Confessions of a corporate mom and managing motherhood okay. You are a corporate powerhouse. And well, and besides a corporate powerhouse, an amazing figure on Instagram, and you know a great mom and you have a great marriage. Okay, my question is how the heck do you do it all like what’s your secret?

So I don’t do it all I think that’s probably the biggest thing I’ve learned myself is I get asked that a lot. Oh, gosh, you know, how does she do it? And I wanted I ready read the book even that came out Gosh, a decade ago and I think there was a movie even that so just Parker was in you know, I don’t know how she does it or how did she do it or something to that that I remember that and and you know, I’ve always been that person that’s extremely real about my inability to cook or be and do anything in the kitchen. I love folding laundry is I actually do have a weird a weird obsession with laundry and it’s a stress relief for me so it’s people who are like what some people like to you know, cook in the kitchen and do all of that but note for me it’s definitely laundry. But but but you know, getting getting back to the Confessions of a corporate mom and you know, the tagline of that is managing marriage or managing motherhood maniacs and marriage of course you know, the motherhood piece being you raising my children and kind of going through that process in that transition of becoming a mom and doing so while in corporate America. And then my maniacs, of course, on my three, you know, amazing little angels.

And then in my marriage, because one thing I didn’t want to have fall apart, which I have mismanaged my marriage at times, as well, and I’m very, very honest and open about that, too, that, you know, when you don’t water a plant, it dies. And I have a severely brown thumb. So I’m someone who constantly has to attend to, you know, my marriage and my relationship with my husband, because it’s important to me, I want to be, you know, married for 100 years. So and, and so we’ve had to work on that. But but the blog really was born out of my initial kind of being thrust into a leadership role, and not necessarily knowing how to deal with all of that. So to your point, how do you do at all I was fumbling through all of it, and I needed some type of a therapeutic outlet in order to process everything. So I thought, I’ll start a blog, we’ll just see how this goes. And so at first, a lot of it was just me writing. And for the first year or two, I published very few pieces, a lot of them just stayed for me, just for me personally.

And then as I would post a piece here and there, I would get such fantastic feedback from people saying, you know, you’ve got to keep doing that, or I feel you I’m right there with you, I’m, I’m having the same type of feeling. And then transitioning that over into the social media space, realizing that there were not a lot of motherhood accounts, I could go follow any five fashion icon or one of the influencer, when it came to, you know, fashion and how to dress or, or you know, this product, what to put on your face, etc. But as far as fill filling my cup, from a motherhood standpoint, and being a working mom, there was nothing out there. And I’m so happy to say that now there are so many wonderful mothers who have gotten into this space, who have really just flooded the social media atmosphere with so many grades, so much great content, so many great funny memes, but you know, just things that really kind of join us together in solidarity, that, that that bind us, because motherhood is not meant to be done alone. But 10 years ago, five years ago, I felt very isolated. And what I kept hearing from all of my other mom friends was that they felt the same way. Yeah. Did you ever deal with guilt? Like, am I really a good person? A good mom, if I feel that I need to work outside the home? 100%?

Yep, it’s something that I really struggled with, and and still, to a certain extent struggle with, you know, honestly, am I is it you How, how have my kids adapted, how have they have they become these resilient, responsible human beings, my oldest is 13, my middle is 11. And my baby is four. And when my older two were younger, that’s when I was in the thick of my growth and progression in my career. And so there were many, many times and we talked about managing motherhood, and I managed it very poorly at one time. And I’m always very open about that. Because I think women and moms, we need to hear that from other women. Because what I don’t want the perception to become is that I do have my stuff together all the time, because I don’t, you know, there are so many days I wake up, and I think, I don’t even have my plan for today, I gotta get it together.

And then there are other days that I absolutely kill it, you know, we slay our days, and then we have other days that just completely fall apart. And that happens in parenting that happens in motherhood. But the mom guilt piece was a huge component of, of the first five to seven years of my older two children’s lives because I was gone a lot. And a lot of it, honestly, looking back now was me unrealistically pleasing everyone else, but myself and my family. And so that’s the other aspect of that mom guilt that I realized over time. There’s always tenure and everything in your career, you learn how to navigate things more, more smoothly. Same thing with motherhood. And so that’s what I really found was over time, I was just unwilling to compromise my family for for work. Yeah, yeah. I love that. And I so appreciate your transparency about that. I will tell you for the first Gosh, many years as a lawyer, when I was on trial, I was I was not home. I mean, I would barely get home at midnight, and I would get up at like 4am to get into Philadelphia from where I lived.

I mean, it was just a lot and I remember One day when God allowed the light to go on in my head, where he said, you know what I made you to do this, like, like, not every woman is made to be at home. And that doesn’t mean that I’m less of a mom or you know that I don’t care about my kids as much. But I’ll tell you who I, for the longest time just felt like I must be a horrible person. I love my kids. I adore my kids. Why do I feel like I need you to be a lawyer? So yeah, I can see you shaking your head. So you agree. You see? I know exactly. I know exactly that feeling there were, believe me, there were times during my maternity leave, when I would think to myself, no, this is where I’m meant to be. This is where I’m meant to be. Because you get so caught up and you’re so hormonal and emotional and everything you know. And then as I would shift back and make that return to work, I’d slowly realize, Oh, no, I was missing this. I needed this. This is you know, I, I need both. I need both in my life. And and I have some incredible stay at home mom friends who honestly have been my lifeline. I mean, we need both in the world. And so there’s, there’s no right or wrong answer. It’s whatever works best for you and for for your family. And I have friends who have been called to be stay at home moms. And that’s phenomenal. So so But to your point, yes, the guilt of why do I feel this way? Why do I want? Why does my Why is my career so important to me?

Yeah, I’ve just learned to to accept it, learn to accept it and to realize that for me, regardless of whether I could or, you know, had the means to not work, whatever, I would find myself doing something, because that’s just who I am. Right, right. And I feel like when I finally accepted that I realized, that made me working made me a better mom. And it made me a better wife, because I felt fulfilled. But to your point, earlier, you mentioned about how sometimes we ladies are hard on ourselves, certainly and hard on each other. And this is tough going back to like the late 90s, when I was in my 30s and raising my kids. And I remember feeling like the stay at home moms were almost pitted against the working moms. And I don’t feel that now. And I hope that my sense of that is correct. Because we need to stick together, we are in this thing together, whether we’re at home full time, or we’re working full time or in light of COVID we’re doing both at home. So I really, really appreciate that. I want to I want to shift gears a little bit. And we’re talking about confession. So I want to throw something out there and issue and see if you’ve dealt with this.
I was in corporate as the director of HR and General Counsel for a number of years and my boss, most people I worked with were great. But my boss was a male chauvinist pig. He was disgusting. I mean, really, I don’t mean to be whatever.

But I don’t say that lightly. But he was he was just horrible. And then being in the law, there was absolute discrimination that I had to deal with, you know, the best case he’s got assigned to the men, when I had to come home and take care of the kids I was looked down upon. But if a guy went home, all of a sudden he was a great dad. So it’s funny. Yeah, how that happened. So how have you dealt with these types of issues? And how do you handle it? So it’s, I’ve always worked in a male dominated industry, you know, pharmaceutical sales, I work in the automotive industry now in the captive finance space, and also worked briefly in the rental equipment, space as well. All three of those industries, male dominated, you’d be hard pressed outside of some very obvious industries, I guess, to to find one that isn’t male dominated. So I always say that, that says more about our society than the companies because the companies were structured by men for men, so they only know what they know. And they keep unfortunately, perpetuating a lot of the same types of mentalities and processes and procedures that they have done for years. So yes, absolutely, I have been met with you meet the misogynistic, the the frustrating personalities that you, you really have to, to bite your tongue sometimes to just get through the end of the conversation.

And I say that because as assertive as I can be, I also know that in sales, sometimes you have to forge through and just push through some of those relationships. But I’ve also worked for some incredible men too. And that’s the other the other piece of this is that I’ve also worked for some incredible men who have been one of them as my mentor, my mentor for about a decade, you know, I have both a female and a male mentor because I want the two different perspectives. And when I think about what they each uniquely bring to my life into my work, it’s invaluable. So I will say that we have made a lot of progress, but we are still not there. And what I fear is that with everything that’s happened with the pandemic

Women are being sent back quite a few years if if not close to a decade because of the the lack of childcare and the lack of from home training, for lack of a better word for lack of support. Yeah, that that companies have provided to families who have children. I mean, we had all three of our children home for a good period of time doing virtual schooling, our children just went back in January. And my our, our baby did go back. He was in Montessori, he went back last June. So thankfully, because he’s so wild and rambunctious, you know, we needed him to get out of the house, have an outlet, you know, but our older two were here at home, my husband and I share an office, we were crawling all over each other. And I think because it was so such a new environment, a lot of companies didn’t know how to pivot very well at first, but they’ve somewhat navigated it. My fear is that we’ve lost though the women who got caught in that middle portion that companies didn’t understand how to bend and be flexible and understand that. So they made the decision to leave.

So what now? Is that going to the impact that’s going to have on, you know, our economy on just the progression of jobs? And how how, how much more time now? Do we have to then work to get back at the table, you know, the seat at the table? And so those are some of the things that that I think about? It sometimes keeps me up at night when I talk to friends of mine, and just what they’ve gone through. Yeah, I mean, I’ve heard the stories too. When was that in September, I go to Dunkin Dunkin Donuts for my morning coffee. And the sweet woman, there’s like 530 in the morning. And this woman, she just started to I said, How are you? And that opened up the floodgates, oh, my goodness, I have three little ones under eight. And here I am here. And I have to leave here at eight because you know, and I had to go out and buy another computer because each of them needed a computer because it’s virtual school.

And then I almost started crying. Because it was hard for me when I had my parents watching my kids, or if I would have had to take them somewhere. But if there’s nowhere to take them, and I still have to show up for work, or make the choice to quit and then scratch my head and say, Well, how am I going to pay the bills. I mean, I can’t even imagine that. And so if there is anything I can do, or anything I could do to open up my community to even have a think tank, and you know, try to come up with some sort of solutions. It’s so necessary because women are extraordinary. And I’m not just saying that to plug my own thing. But really, I have never met a woman who didn’t care so much, and have herself and the expectations for herself as a mom and as a business person. And as a corporate Mom, you know, so high, she’s really striving to do it all. And yet she’s met with all these challenges, and she does everything she can to rise to it. And that’s why I just I just love women, I’ve always been a women’s advocate. So I would love to help in any way that I can. Yes, no same. And I think honestly, what what we’re doing and just furthering the discussion is huge, because I think the more that we bring to the forefront, and to the table of what women’s issues are as far as being able to be a working, contributing member of the family, but also be a part of something, whether that’s corporate or whether that’s nonprofit, or whether that is, you know, running your own business, we just bring such a valuable and unique perspective and skill set to the workforce that is needed. So when that’s taken away with there’s just so many missed opportunities that that companies need to realize.

So it’s a huge Is it like I said, it’s definitely a huge, huge passion of mine and something that I like to drive personally, you know, and professionally as well. That’s really where the managing motherhood series came from was, I want to hear from women who are working moms who are, you know, leaving their families leading their careers leading their lives in a way that they have found works for them. Because, you know, it’s not one size fits all motherhood, and we can learn so much from each other. I completely agree with you. When we, when we band together when we support each other when we communicate with each other when we empower each other. There’s just phenomenal things that can happen. And yeah, I love seeing it and I love supporting it. But I think that’s where I have found my calling in that space is by being an amplification for all of the women who want to share their stories of of their motherhood journey. I love it. I yeah, and we are so alike. You and I. I come from very humble beginnings dad was a factory worker. Mom stayed home, I was the first one to go to college. First one to go to be on school like that. And um, you know, I also don’t know how to cook. Like, I don’t cook, when someone says it’s fun, I’m like, really, I guess, some wine and try to boil some water.

I guess that could be fun. But this is my work ordering out is a thing. Yeah, but I really do want to change that. So you’re young, I’m 55. And my bodies are changing. And so I realize I have to get healthier. Alright, so let’s wrap this up. This is really good. Now, before we came on the recording, you mentioned how you and your daughter are doing something amazing that you support dress for success. Miami, would you tell us a little bit about that? Yes, yes. So during the course, the pandemic course, had a lot of time was working from home every day, you know, wasn’t visiting any of my accounts or meeting with any clients or customers?

So my daughter, and I had a lot of time together. And a passion of mine, like I said, was always supporting women. And I thought, gosh, how could I possibly do that in a way where, you know, I could maybe put a product out there that would represent everything that we’re trying to push for. And my daughter always laughs and says that I use a lot of a lot of hashtags, which I mean, you know how in social media and even for the blog, I mean, that’s how other people find pieces is you have to stick a hashtag on something. So we thought why not stick a hashtag on a mug, to represent all the working moms out there, that we that we honor that we celebrate that we respect that we love that we appreciate for everything that they do, not just for their their companies and for their careers to drive their own success, but for that of their families, or, you know, for that of, of, of caring for loved ones that so many women stepped up during, you know, the pandemic everyone did, on a lot of different levels. But so many women stepped up and had to become so much more than what they initially were.

So it was a way for us to be able to support that. And so we’ve had people reach out and buy the mug for friends of theirs that they wanted to honor and celebrate. And so that was that’s really heartwarming, and really super cool. And I have a mom’s group that is very supportive on social media, and they all you know, bought one, and yeah, and then and then the the dress for success part was or is that we are donating proceeds of each mug to dress for success. And so our goal was to get to that $500 donation which we have reached. And so as we move forward, the goal is to make the mug or tumbler or something like that every year to honor all of our working mamas, but also to support dress for success. Because that’s a fantastic organization. If you don’t know much about it, I encourage people to look into it. There’s one in almost every major city and state in the country. And it is just a program that really helps provide resources for for moms, and for men as well. So it’s it’s really branching out, it’s really, you know, suited for success is kind of becoming an offer.

Yeah, yeah. So there’s dress for success and suited for success. But that also helps men as well. But you know, with resume writing with resources with virtual groups and talks that, that that you can sign up for and become a part of that are free to the community. That’s what this nonprofit offers. And, and so I got involved with them when we moved to the Atlanta area. And since then have just tried to donate in some capacity, whether that is my suits, or my time. And then now with with the mug, I love it. And that mug is so pretty, you know, I just moved to Charleston, I’m definitely going to check out dress for success here in Charleston, because I have been a supporter of that charity. And I know it’s so so good. All right. Well, we’re at our last question. And that is, the sheet is extraordinary podcast. So I would love for you, Maria to share with our ladies an extraordinary woman or girl in your life. And what makes her extraordinary. Oh, I have to share with you. Oh gosh, I have three that came to my head. What does it say my mother My mother is extraordinary. Because she’s she’s she’s an extension of me. I’m an extension of her.

My daughter and and but but I do have to highlight a dear friend of mine because she we met through my husband’s work. And I will never forget the moment that I met her. She was wearing this most gorgeous hairpiece or headpiece for for a Christmas party that we that we had pre COVID and when I was thinking about the managing motherhood series, something just kept calling me to call her to reach out to her. I’ve really had not interacted with her that much since I first met her but something just said just reach out to her like she just I don’t know. I don’t know what it was just something weighing on my heart. It was like you have to So reach out to her and said hey I’m thinking about doing this thing. And I would like to know if you’d maybe like to meet for lunch, we met right as COVID. It was at may of 2020. And we met for lunch at an outdoor place in Delray Beach, Florida. And from there,
a friendship blossomed.

A connection, we’re working on some entrepreneurial stuff together, I started her own company during a pandemic. So you have to check her out. She’s an interior design space. Her name is Dahlia souls, and her Instagram handle for her company is at design assisted. And she helps interior designers with project management tools, she is so extremely good at what she does. And I cannot wait for her to just take her company and make it a household name, which is what her goal is, and I believe that she absolutely will. So that would be outside of course, my mama and my, my daughter, Dahlia is definitely such a gem. And I’m so severely grateful that that we were able to meet and connect during this past year because we moved here. I didn’t have any friends. And she has become a just a dear soul to me. Wow, that is so great. I love hearing about extraordinary women. And you know, they come in all shapes and sizes and ages and life experiences. It’s just so great. Thank you for sharing that. So where can everybody find you besides on Instagram confessions? of confessions? of a corporate mom? Yeah, yeah.

Where else can we look like where could they find your blog? Or is Instagram the best place to fall? Yeah, they, they can go to Instagram. It’s like you said at Confessions of a corporate mom. And there’s an underscore in between each of those words. So which makes it a little bit easier to read, I guess, as well. And then the website is just www dot Confessions of a corporate mom calm.

So I’m there. And then I also have a Facebook group, you can search for me under just Maria Smith. And if you put in Marie Smith Confessions of a corporate mom, it’ll pop right up. And so pretty much all the content that I share from Instagram just gets gets put onto that. But I am starting this year to do some more interactive stuff on Facebook. Because I have found it’s interesting. There’s two different audiences there. And so I’m trying to just cater to, to each of those audiences specifically. And if anyone wants to write for managing motherhood, they can send me an email at Confessions of a corporate mom@gmail.com Wow, that is that’s a great opportunity, ladies, especially if your ideal client is a work in Mama, you know, you definitely want to take advantage of that opportunity.

Well, Maria, thank you so much for your time. My goodness, this has been great. Thank you. Thank you so much for having me. I really appreciate it. Absolutely. My pleasure. Ladies, thank you for listening. And if you’ve liked this episode, would you please take a moment and leave a rating and a review it means so much. Also, feel free to reach out to me at Judy Weber live.

That’s my handle everywhere. And let me know what topics you would like me to cover whether it be life or business related. And of course any other guests you’d like me to have on the show. I need to hear from you to make this episode or this podcast exactly what you need to build your business and your life. Alright, once again, Maria. Thank you ladies. We’ll see you next time.

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