We’re raising our baby in a draft – while running a business and traveling the country

Growing up in the Midwest in Columbus, Ohio, I watched my dad and uncle work every day. My uncle was a real estate investor and my father a general contractor. My grandfather, an Italian immigrant who came through Ellis Island, was also an entrepreneur. I was a Girl Scout until I was 18, co-captain of our field hockey team and member of the student council.

I was not the silver spoon type, however, I never did without it.

I grew up in the suburbs, went to public school and then to a private university.

Looking back, I was grateful to have had privileges like attending our marine biology school trip and even traveling to Europe on a high school history trip.

Sadly, during my senior year of high school, my father passed away from lung cancer.

I majored in communications in college and received a community service scholarship from the University of Wittenberg. I then studied conscious capitalism at the Fund for American Studies program in Georgetown, at the Institute on Philanthropy and Voluntary Service. I was so grateful to have the opportunity to go to college without worrying about student debt.

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I tried to find the balance between being a gift and a working mother.

Having an ever-present mother, who found her purpose in being a mother, I knew that I wanted to work while also being present for my child.


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