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It’s 2022 and I can’t wait to meet you!

I know there are some new faces around here - either people I have yet to meet or ones that I barely know. I’m excited for 2022 and thought I would start it off with a little introduction so you can get to know me better (personally, professionally, as well as my entrepreneurial side). This also helps me to reflect and remember exactly how I got here in the first place, because I promise you I never thought I would be a blogger or an author. 

First and foremost, I am a wife to Danny and mama to Gus and Oscar. My life as a mom is one million percent chaotic, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. I love the pitter patter of tiny feet running through my house, hearing Mama! screamed for the hundredth time in a hour, when my son moo’s outside of my office door while I am on work calls, and the big warm smiles that greet me at the door when I come home. It was a joint decision between Danny and myself that he would stay at home and raise the children while I pursued a fulfilling career outside of the home: My stay-at-home dad. 

We were so proud of our decision to create a life where our children were able to grow up with their dad at home with them, but we struggled with the judgment and rude comments people made regarding our familial situation.  Even after we told the world that Danny would be quitting his job, many people would continue to ask me when I was going to quit my job and stay home with my baby (thus making me feel inadequate as a mother). 

I wanted so badly to see a change in the workplace or, even better, in the world. I wanted to see competent and capable women being promoted, and have it be based on their merit rather than to fulfill a quota. I wanted women to be paid properly for the job they were doing. I wanted to empower women to stay in the workforce, knowing that they can have a rewarding career and raise a family. I wanted equality for people of all genders, races, religions, and sexual preferences. I wanted it to be ok for a woman to be the breadwinner and have a strong male supporting her by helping raise their family.

I am a working mom, a boss, and I have a stay-at-home husband who fully supports me. I turned my frustration into passion and found a fun way to educate the world about the difficulties of being a stay-at-home parent and that a stay-at-home dad is a real job. I believe the best way to curb this judgement is to educate, so I decided to write a children’s book. A Stay-at-Home Dad? is the first-ever children’s book about a stay-at-home dad. This is a fun way to show kids that it shouldn’t matter who stays at home with them – whether they go to daycare or a family member watches them during the day, all that matters is they are safe and loved. I hope to teach people that being a working mom and pursuing a career doesn’t make you a bad mom, and being a stay-at-home dad isn’t an emasculating role.

My Instagram page @pregnanttopromoted and blog supplement my overall mission of keeping women in the workforce by talking about my struggles and successes within the business world. I hope to show women that their careers aren't over just because they had a baby. I will talk about the struggles that I, a working mom boss, have endured. I want to show them that they can expect, fight, hope, and dream for more. I hope to convey the message that, if they work hard and are passionate, they can move up the corporate ladder even after they return from maternity leave. I want women to recognize that we are in this together, that there is room for more than one female at the top.

Even if I only help one female this year, I believe that I will be successful. Just to be clear, while my goal is to help females grow within the workplace, I still want to help anyone who needs it. In order to be successful in any corporation, both men and women have to learn to work together and mutually respect one another. That is one thing I have always struggled with: if we are working together for the success of the company, why does it feel like we are on opposite teams? This question and many others are topics that I will work to address throughout the year.

In order to physically give back, I will use part of the profits from my book to give back to working moms – No matter if you choose to go back to work or have to because that’s what makes most financial sense for your family, it is always tough to leave your littles with someone else. Please, please, please keep a lookout for giveaways on our book's Instagram business page @frecklefacedgus.

For now, I’m sending you some magic for this new year! I hope you will join me on this journey. I pray that I am able to help you. If you are looking to give back, please consider purchasing a children’s book: A Stay-at-Home Dad?

Wishing you the most joyous 2022. I can’t wait to meet you!