NAME: SHAN JAMIN
JOB TITLE: ACCOUNTANT/BLOGGER
HOBBIES/INTERESTS: GOING FOR BRUNCH WITH FAMILY
MiMi: How many children do you have? What are their names and ages?
Shan: I have 2 beautiful princesses…Ally, 2 and baby Lou, 2 weeks.
MiMi: What are some of the struggles you face as a working mom? How have you been able to cope with these challenges?
Shan: The biggest challenge I face is having the time and emotional capacity to spend quality time with my family after a long day at work. A typical weekday would look like this:
- Wake up
- Get Ally dressed/fed
- Sit in traffic
- Drop Ally at day-care
- Pick Ally up from day-care
- Sit in more traffic
- Cook dinner/eat
- Bath time/bed time
Shan: Our days seem so packed with little breathing space to stop and just enjoy each other, for this reason; I have been on a journey to escape the rat race by starting my own online business. I now want other busy moms to know that they can do the same! This is why I started my blog, to help others realize that ordinary people can, and do; make money online. The desire for the freedom to spend time with the people we love isn’t an elusive dream. It is totally achievable!
MiMi: Do you feel the roles of women have changed through the years, in regards to working outside the home? How so?
Shan: While more women are definitely working outside the home, research shows that the majority of the housework is still done by the woman. This is true for our household. While my husband is very hands-on with the kids, and can cook very well; I know I have certain expectations of how I want my household to be run, which is why I mainly take charge of this area.
MiMi: What activities do you like to engage in with your family when you have the time?
Shan: I love spontaneous outings to the playground, or park; when it’s a sunny day. I also like a relaxed morning in…with bacon and eggs for breakfast as a family.
MiMi: If you could offer just 1 piece of advice to a mother who finds it difficult to work outside the home and take care of family, what would it be?
Shan: I think, as moms; we need to cut ourselves some slack. The chores will always be there, sometimes; you just have to leave the washing and do something fun with the kids! I’m totally speaking to myself here! We don’t have to be supermom! Let’s be honest, a lot of those supermoms who look like they are doing it all, probably have help with the chores or the kids, that we don’t know about!
MiMi: Thank you so much Shan for being a part of my Working Mom Series!
Shan: Thanks for this opportunity to be part of your working mom series. It’s super fun!