Co-Founder of Baby Bliss and Owner Baby Boot Camp
Following a successful 11-year run in corporate marketing, Karen decided to take a two month personal leave and explore a more family-friendly career path. She focused on two areas that drew on her background in marketing, while allowing her to tap into personal interests not yet explored: fitness and baby planning.
As an accomplished triathlete and former collegiate varsity athlete, fitness had always been a passion. That made it easy to become, a Certified Fitness Instructor and Personal Trainer with an expertise on prenatal and postpartum fitness, which led to ownership of a Baby Boot Camp franchise (www.babybootcamp.com) .
Lunch with a former colleague on maternity leave raised the idea of a “baby concierge” service for new and expecting parents. Baby Bliss™ was born. It was a busy 2 months! Karen left her corporate position and currently splits her time between Baby Boot Camp and Baby Bliss™. Both businesses allow her maximum flexibility to be with her family while challenging her in new and exciting ways.
1.What is your top tip for balancing it all?
Fresh air, exercise and "me time". Short pauses throughout the day help me regroup, ground myself and keep my creativity flowing. This really increases my productivity as these self check-ins fuel me and help me optimize my potential, both in my personal and professional worlds.
2. How has being a mother impacted your success?
Being a mother has helped me slow WAY down. I'm more focused and thoughtful in my actions I want to do things right the first time and do them well. The more focused I am, the more efficient I am at work and ultimately the more free time I have in the end to spend with my family. Additionally, I'm more patient now than ever before. I now know that good things come to those who wait. Potty training a 2 year-old can do that to you.
3. What is your best mommy moment?
My then nearly 2-year old daughter was sitting in my lap. I was trying to explain something to her -- going on and on and on when she took my face in her tiny hands, looked me straight in the eye and said, "ssshhh Mama, Phoebe talk". Her words forced me to put things in perspective so quickly - I realized that it wasn't all about me anymore. There was a world outside of me that was more important - my daughter, my husband, my family.