Christian Working Mom Interview June 2007

Welcome and Help
Interview

Welcome and Help

Hi everyone! I live in the Southeastern United States and I’m roasting right now. I think it is 90 degrees in the shade. Love that air conditioning. Hope you are having a good summer. We have almost 1500 women who have filled out the CWM survey. If you have not filled out the survey go to www.christianworkingmom.com and click on survey on the home page. Also, if you have ever deleted an issue of Pearls of Encouragement for CWMs or a CWM Interview and you wanted to reread it, you can find past issues on the archives page at www.christianworkingmom.com.

I need your help. I need more CWMs who are willing to be interviewed. I promise it is practically painless. If you are interested, send an email to Kimberly@kimberlychastain.com and put interview in the subject heading. I will email you the questions. Thanks in advance for your help. Melissa thanks for helping out this month.

Interview

Melissa is a 37 year old CWM who lives in the United States. She has a son age 11, a daughter age 9, a full-time step-daughter age 16, and a part-time son age 13. Melissa has been remarried for 4 years. She owns a travel agency. You can check out her travel agency at www.travelbugsonline.com.

Melissa shares the following joys of being a CWM: Being able to provide my children with a stable home life, showing my children how important it is to lead a balanced life, allowing the whole family to take part in running a home-based travel agency.

She shares the following struggles of being a Christian Working Mom: getting frustrated when I want to be with the kids, but have a project in the office that has to be completed, keeping the promises I make to my children (making a promise in the morning to go to the park after school and a challenge comes up at work during the day that must be completed that day).

Melissa’s favorite Bible Verse is: There are so many I live by, but I would say my favorite (and overall basis to my life) is John 13:34 “Love one another as I have loved you.”

God has been teaching Melissa the patience to work on a schedule, turn work off when it’s time, and to be able to let go of the things I have no control over.

Melissa shares theses words of Encouragement for other Christian Working Moms: Never lose sight of what is most important to you…your family. Read from the Bible every day and share what it means to you with your family. Also, schedule into your day time for yourself, time for your children, and time for your husband. Don’t worry if the house isn’t spotless…it can wait!

Thanks Melissa. We all need the reminder about scheduling time for ourselves. I think we are often the last person on our priority list.

Till next time,

Kimberly M. Chastain

Kimberly M. Chastain, MS, LMFT is the Christian Working Mom Coach and a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She is the author of 2 ebooks and an online Bible study. You can find more information at www.christianworkingmom.com. For a free, initial coaching session send an email to free@kimberlychastain.com.