Your Story: Anastasia

photo by: Adrian Montanez Photography

photo by: Adrian Montanez Photography

  • Name: Anastasia
  • Children: Two superbly amazing girls, 5 & 3
  • Home State: New York
  • Career/Job Title: Creative Director

As a working mother of 2 children, what would you say is the greatest challenge you face in balancing your career and your family? 

Caring for my own needs: remembering to eat real food and making time for the quiet that allows reflection and recharge. 

Between balancing work and the girls’ schedules, it is easy to neglect real meals and resort to a quick snack. A hunk of cheddar from the fridge paired with some crackers would be consumed mindlessly while I finished copy for a website. 

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I am taking a more concerted effort (picture a box of crackers, hummus, carrots, and a shake on my desk, at this very moment) to ensure I have the proper nutrients to fuel my day. For recharge, I’ve found just 5 minutes for myself in meditation, reading, or writing, create a stronger and more prepared foundation for the chaos of juggling. 

Do you think technology has aided working mothers in caring for their families?  

Most of the time, I feel hypocritical on my take of technology. I think many of us have taken too much of a jump into social screening and forget to connect to the world. I loved being bored as a kid. 

On the other hand, I am a creative consultant for small businesses and know the power in technology and use it both professionally and personally. My best friend is my BellaBeat, reminding me to get up from the desk to prepare myself food, exercise, and drink water. This is paired with delivery services like Thrive and Local Farm Shares. Wunderlist lets me share grocery lists, to do lists, birthday party agendas with anyone (husband, clients, best friends). Twitter helps me feel relevant while I follow my favorite authors, news outlets, blogs… etc. Technology can make us more effective humans, we just have to stay…human. 

On a scale of 1-10, with 10 being extremely important and 1 being insignificant, is physical activity important to you and your family?  

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I would say an 8. With the integration of physical activity in our lives, I see each family member go about their day stronger and with a more positive outlook. Even the 3-year-old. 

Since the kids were little I have invited them into my evening yoga and meditation routine. In the beginning, it was exactly how you imagine it: a 1-year-old crawling underneath me and a 3-year-old jumping on my back. Over time, the routine has become a part of the evening they look forward to: taking the yoga mats out, choosing who is going to use which one, and taking the lead in guiding all of us through their favorite pose.

For my alone time, I don’t set a strict schedule because it isn’t realistic. Instead, I am firm on working out three times a week either boxing, running, or an intense yoga practice. These are usually only 30 minutes and change per the week with my energy levels and time restraints. I use dailyburn for an indoor resource to boost my routine if I am feeling bored. 

What motivates you to get up each day and do your “thing?”

Time and story motivate me. I read a statistic once about how little the chances of being born are.

Think about life as a montage and if we use technology as an example, you can think of it as a “story” or “snap”. In that montage, I’m not afraid of the tears that might show up but of the stagnant nature of watching/waiting. It’s that page from Oh, the Places You’ll Go by Dr. Seuss. After a hopeful rhyme journey about life’s possibilities, we are brought to the dreaded waiting place… “Waiting for…. the phone to ring, or the snow to snow/ or the waiting around for a Yes or No/ or waiting for their hair to grow. Everyone is just waiting.” 

The miracle that I am standing here is enough to remind me that I should fully immerse myself in the magic of it all. I am motivated to be that character with brains in my head, and feet in my shoes because that’s really all we need to create happiness in ourselves and the world around us.

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“NO!/That's not for you!/Somehow you'll escape/all that waiting and staying/You'll find the bright places/where Boom Bands are playing.”

What gives you hope? 

It’s not all going to be perfect but then again, all good stories have ups and downs. I have witnessed great change and growth both internally and in the people around me. We can look at our children for inspiration. They learn quickly, believe in fairies and most importantly, believe in us. One thing they have given me is the hope that age never stunts internal growth.  

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