By Renée Biery

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Add-on’s, renovations, and new construction homes can seem intimidating to take on. How do you even get started? How do you find and manage contractors? What surprises should you anticipate coming up? How long do these things take?

In this podcast, you will learn all that and so much more!

Featured on the Show:

Only Girl On The Jobsite Designer Edition

What you will learn from this episode: 

  • Common challenges most working mothers face 

  • This mom’s perspective on making it work

  • The best piece of advice I received when my kids were babies

For all of the working mothers out there, this episode is for you.

Today I want to talk about the challenges, the highs, and the lows that go along with the title of working mother.

While focusing on my career in my 20s, I met my husband in my early 30s and got married at 35. Well-intentioned friends kept reminding me that my clock was ticking if I wanted to have children. We were fortunate, and my two children were born when I was 37 and 39 years old.

Admittedly, I consider myself an older mom. I actually think they keep me young. I worked through both of my pregnancies. And since I owned my own business, there was no real maternity leave. It was an extraordinary challenge to be pregnant, have newborns, and still be working.

There are a few ways to handle this type of situation. You can either continue maintaining your current client base or take off a few months and hope they are still there when you return.

As a working mom with young children, challenging situations would always arise. A baby would get sick. A babysitter would cancel. I relied on friends and family, and when my kids were old enough to go to nursery school, I had more time to focus on my work.

And today, while I still work 40-hour weeks, it looks much different now than it did back then.

I received a great piece of advice when I first became a working mom, and it was to work hard when my kids were younger so I could be there more for them as they got older. Building my business when my kids were younger now allows me the flexibility to be there for school pickups, special events, and after-school activities.

It wasn’t always easy, but I am grateful for it now.

One of the most wonderful things I see coming out of being a working mom is my children watching how I manage it all. They see me try things, fail at some, and succeed at others. They see me prioritizing THEM over my work. They see me prioritize work over other responsibilities and everything in between.

I hope what they take from all of this is that I prioritize the things that matter the most to me. One is my family. But two is my work. And I work because I love the work that I do.

But they ultimately know that THEY are my priority. And for working moms, it’s okay to have that priority.

If you haven’t heard, the Only Girl On The Jobsite Designer Edition course is getting an update. We are adding more topics and lessons based on feedback from our current students. The relaunch is just a few weeks away, so head over to my website and get on the waitlist to be notified of the exciting updates before we launch! You can find that under the Designers tab at the top of the page.

As always, you can reach me at or DM me on Instagram @devignierdesign if you have any questions or topics you’d like me to cover in future episodes.

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