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As I sit down to write this, my sweet 18-month-old is home sick for the second day in a row, and it makes me so grateful to work for a company that values the role of “mom” -- and even wife -- before employee. 

In a previous life, I was a morning anchor, reporter, and then a public relations representative for a major hospital system. My husband and I were trying to start a family and buy a house; but it was time for a change at my work. I needed a job that still allowed me to contribute to my household, and hopefully soon, be a mom. 

I learned about Booster from a friend’s post on Instagram. She shared a photo from a Boosterthon Fun Run and she really looked like she was enjoying her work. I thought, “This is your job?” Within two weeks, I had interviewed, learned more about the company, and was offered an entry level job. I accepted it, and took a pay cut to start at the bottom of the ladder for a company whose vision I believed in.

Within six months, I had my first promotion and I had gotten pregnant. This may sound silly, but I truly believe having a job that didn’t constantly stress me out helped my husband and me conceive.

I went back to work soon after my daughter was born, and my general manager worked with me to develop a schedule that worked for my family. I put her in preschool three days a week; and I worked from home with her the other days. As a new mom, this was one of the things I loved most about Booster! Since I work with a lot of parents in PTOs and PTAs (the organizations that we work with to help schools raise funds), they were completely understanding of me having a little one with me. They often had theirs with them as well. 

I got another promotion before my baby girl turned one and today, the job I took a big risk for pays more than my last job. Now that I have another child, the flexibility is even more appealing. Just one day ago, I was able to talk to three prospective clients, while taking care of my little boy at home. 

Working at Booster allows me to have a healthy work-life balance. I still get to attend PreK graduation, birthday lunches, holiday parties, and make an impact in our schools. I have reports that tell me if I’m hitting my goals and doing a good job at the office, and I can usually gauge my success as a parent by the size of the smile on my kids’ faces. 

My daughter just started Kindergarten. I’m looking forward to supporting her school PTA, taking what I’ve learned from six years of helping schools to hopefully helping my own child’s school. 

I’m confident I will always work. I enjoy working and love helping schools meet their financial goals through our character lessons and fitness-minded fundraising programs. Selfishly, I enjoy the praise of working hard, setting goals, and exceeding them. I also love being a mom. Taking care of my kids and seeing them thrive gives me such JOY! (Even though they don’t usually tell me I’m doing a good job).

For me, this is the perfect job for the many sides of my personality.  I joined Booster because it looked like a place that would make me happy. I had no idea at the time what a perfect fit it would be for me – and my family. Instead of “allowing” me to be involved in my kids’ activities, I found a company and a leadership team that encourages it. 

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