Lisa Pedersen is a work from home mom of two children as well as a Social Media Mentor and Strategist and the owner of Lisa Pedersen Media. She teaches business owners how to use social media effectively and to create social media plans that are smart, simple and sustainable.
In this episode:
The wins and challenges of working from home
How a flexible work schedule in a corporate job and being a small business owner can fit well with a work/family juggle.
How paying attention to conversations and experiences (those signs from the “universe”) can take us in a new direction and lead us to great opportunities!
Connect with Lisa:
Instagram: @lisapedersenmedia https://www.instagram.com/lisapedersenmedia/
Facebook: @lisapedersenmedia https://www.facebook.com/lisapedersenmedia
Lisa’s Favourite Planner – The Happy Planner: https://thehappyplanner.com
On this episode of The Part-Time Jungle Podcast, I had a fantastic conversation with Lisa Pedersen about the wins and challenges of working from home, how flexible work in a former corporate role and now being a small business owner have been great opportunities that fit well with her motherhood and work, juggle, and how listening to the signs from the “universe” helped to get her to where she is today!
If you prefer to listen, check out Episode 9 of The Part-Time Jungle Podcast.
Chatting with Lisa was like having a cup of tea with an old friend! She is incredibly warm, kind, and “real” about the wins and challenges of juggling motherhood and work. Her words of wisdom: “Have boundaries. There is beauty in doing things for ourselves so that we can be the best version of ourselves.”
FULL TIME TO FLEXIBLE WORK
Lisa has a background in marketing and design with a degree in design. After her first maternity, Lisa returned to working a full-time schedule in a corporate role for a small company while her daughter was at daycare. She found this so hard though – like her heart was being ripped out of her chest hard! The daycare that her daughter went to was a wonderful place but it meant that her daughter wasn’t with her and it was all day. Lisa thought that ½ day would have lessened that heart ache
After about a year and a half, she asked about having a flexible schedule. Her employer agreed to this and she was able to fulfill all her responsibilities being in the office 3 days a week and working from home the other 2 days. Even though she wasn’t always in the office, she was accessible and experiencing success.
Unfortunately, the work environment became toxic when a new manager came on board who didn’t like Lisa’s flexible work approach. She would be criticized for not being in the office for a meeting but, at home, she always made herself readily available to hop onto conference calls as needed. She felt like she was being pushed out of her job and she felt like she wanted to get out. She wasn’t happy and this wasn’t what she wanted for her family.
FLEXIBLE WORK – IT’S A MINDSET
Although what Lisa experienced in her corporate job happened 10 years ago, and businesses have come a long way, there still exists some lack of openness around flexibility in the workplace. One outlier, who doesn’t do their part or who takes advantage of the flexibility, can make this not work for a company.
There are preconceived notions about what it means to be working in the office versus working at home. There are going to be times when you are fulfilling all of your responsibilities (and more) for your company but it is still not enough or it doesn’t look like enough from the outside. Lisa thinks that we as moms have to let go of the need for other people to understand. (I agree!) We carry this burden of worrying what others are going to think. We have to shed that. It’s not helpful for our mental well being and productivity.