One of the reasons Heather and I started our company is the fact that we are crazy, over-the-top passionate about the importance of women holding leadership roles. We draw a great deal of inspiration from women who are killing it both out in the world and on the home front.
And we want to throw a little of that inspiration your way.
To that end, this is the first in our series of profiles of smart, cool, all-around-awesome getting-it-done moms. We call it Mother Clucker. And oh my goodness, did we get lucky with our first profile.
Everyone, please meet Terra Potts, Director of Targeted Marketing for Warner Bros. Pictures. In addition to that, Terra’s main job is being a single mom to a 5-year-old spitfire daughter. And in her spare time she writes the very funny and thought-provoking blog www.81brut.com.
Today, Terra answers our Mother Clucker questions.
Terra, thank you so much for doing this! Let’s start with a fun one. Tell us what you can’t get through the day without.
Coffee, my iPhone and the Instagram account The Fat Jewish which makes me laugh out loud guaranteed once a day. I need that laugh.
The best working advice you ever received was…
- Look the part, play the part – basically dress for the position you want and how you want to be perceived. I fundamentally do not believe in casual Friday.
- Choose your boss not the job.
- Find what you love to do and then figure out how to make money doing it.
The best parenting advice you ever received was…
It was actually an observation from other working moms which is to embrace the chaos. I stopped trying to be perfect in every area of my life and beating myself up. Sometimes I’m an awesome mom and an “OK” employee and sometimes I’m an “OK” mom but an excellent employee, and I’m good with that.
Tell us your biggest work or parenting fail.
I don’t consider anything a “fail” but rather as opportunities to learn. Over the span of my career I’ve turned down three jobs solely out of fear of change and I sometimes imagine how different my path would be if I had taken any of those jobs. I’m much more willing to take risk now. I am learning so much about myself and the world from parenting that nothing is a fail.
Who’s your biggest role model or girl crush?
Besides my mom… I like other moms who create great businesses and embrace their creative spirit. I really respect Jessica Alba and everything she has created with The Honest Company and her work with the charity Baby2Baby. I also admire Rachel Hruska who owns the website Guest of a Guest. I’ve watched the website grow and think she’s built a respectable business in a market where there is a lot of competition and looks fantastic doing it.
How do you take care of yourself? Pilates, long bath, wine, etc…
I have always been an early riser so I wake up between 5:00am – 5:30am to drink my coffee and read blogs, personal emails or magazines uninterrupted. Sometimes I just sit and do nothing but drink coffee during that time too. I also run 2 miles at least 5 days a week and I really need that to control my stress. Without exercise I’m a mental mess.
What do you want your daughter to learn from having a working mom?
I want my daughter to see that I have always followed my dreams and have never given up. I want her to understand that there are ups and downs but if she stays focused on what she really wants it will happen.
When your new-parent friends ask for advice, you tell them…
I tell them to enjoy their sleep now and do whatever feels right to them no matter what other people say.
The worst advice you ever received was…
A friend told me to use an accent and pretend to be a character when trying to get my daughter to do something like wash her hair or eat peas when she was a baby. I just scared the crap out of her and she thought her mommy had disappeared!
At your house, the craziest part of the day involves…
Getting out of the house for work and school is a daily challenge. We can never pull our act together and it always takes so long to do shoes, gather backpacks/purses/lunches and then leave without having to turn back for something one of us has forgotten.
At your house, the best part of the day involves…
I love that last hour before bed when we are both calm and just hanging out.
What is your definition of a “Mother Clucker”?
A mom who will stop at nothing to provide the best for her child and won’t let anything stand in her way.
Anything else you want us to know?
A big part of my being able to juggle single parenthood and a demanding job is because of my network of other working moms. We all stick together and offer support, whether it’s babysitting, sending a funny text or just listening to each other vent. My relationships with other working moms are the ones I cherish the most and love that our children is what connects us. All us moms need to stick together!
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OK do you love Terra now? Because we love her. All us moms need to stick together! Enjoy your Friday, friends.