It feels odd to answer my own questions.
But since I started sharing these profiles, I’ve consistently had comments and feedback asking when I’m going to share my story.
So, awkward at it is, here goes:
Name: Reva Seth
Role: Author, The MomShift: Finding The Opportunity In Maternity (Random House: 2014); Founder, 7 Step Communications
Kids: Seth (6), Avery (3) and Devan (5 months)
“I grew up believing that kids really did mean the end of your career dreams, a viewpoint that I feel the media helped reinforce. With each of my children, I’ve had a career or professional moment and each time, I feel shocked that its worked out or come together.
After Seth (my eldest) was born I left my job at a PR agency and started by own freelance consulting practice which allowed me to significantly jump up both the career and salary ladder. Almost exactly two years after he was born, my first book was released by a global publishing house. With Avery (my second), I was back to work within a month but within that year, I decided to go part time in order to launch The MomShift project and work on my second book. I submitted my first draft of the book to Random House three weeks after Devan was born! (he was early, it wasn’t supposed to happen like that)”
It Wasn’t Always Easy: “I would say its still not easy! But I’m not sure it ever was or will be (kids or no kids). One thing I’ve noticed in my interviews, is that, regardless of what their CV shows or job title says, very few women feel successful on a day to day basis. There are moments and flashes of course, but that is the exception.
For me, my real MomShift low point is what actually inspired the book and project. Three days after my wedding, I found out I was unexpectedly also three month’s pregnant (which is why my dress, despite all those appointments, didn’t actually fit the way it was supposed to!) At the time, I was at a career low point. I had left my career as a lawyer in Toronto, moved to London and decided to build a new career in public relations. It was a better personality fit, but I was earning pennies on the dollar to my old salary, had to start at the very bottom (where I was much older than my colleagues) and at the time it seemed that all my education was essentially pointless. The idea of a baby made me feel that my career (such as it was) would now be over, even before it started. That’s what first led to me to start looking for positive stories of post baby career success.”
Making It Work: “Its easy to get overwhelmed on a day to day basis by babies, the massive to do list, being tired, all the life admin that comes kids -my biggest piece of advice is to think long term and to take some steps, no matter how small towards your personal and professional goals. When my first was born, everything seemed overwhelming. But even getting up 20 minutes earlier and taking notes on my book proposal or finding one potential client to pitch for my business, gave me sense of momentum. And it adds up, until suddenly you’re there. You’ve done it.”
Whats Next: “I’m looking forward to The MomShift being released, but I’m also looking forward to the launch of 7 Step Communications - my new agency. I’ve also started working on my next book – so I’m excited by whats ahead – but to be honest, also anxious about how much I have to do!”