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Work/Life Balance for Me & My Company

Started 1351173584.017 in Beauty Banter, Hosts & Personalities | Last reply 1352346490.097 by lOVETOSHOP
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Outdoors with Indi Joon
Outdoors with Indi Joon - Courtesy Josie Maran

Hello there, my peeps.

After a long, hot, beautiful, and productive (see Indi Joon below) summer in Pennsylvania, I’m glad to be back at work, flying between L.A. and the farm with my husband, Ali, our daughter, Rumi, and Indi in my arms. Not just my arms, actually. Now that I’m back in the office, Indi Joon is surrounded by her JMC aunties and uncles who all beg to hold her. Lately, workplace conversations tend to revolve around questions like, “Did someone go poopie?,” and, “Where’s the binkie?” The soundtrack for our workdays is a sweet mix of cooing and laughter.

Indi Joon at three months
Indi Joon at three months - Courtesy Josie Maran

Believe me, I know how incredibly lucky I am in so many ways. Unlike lots of working moms, I have a loving office environment and coworkers who are cool with me breastfeeding during meetings. I have someone to care for Indi on days when Ali and I need to devote all of our attention to work. I always say it takes a village to raise a child, and I’m blessed with a huge, loving village of helpers: friends, family, coworkers, and now a nanny.

Despite my insanely good fortune, I still struggle to find balance between motherhood and career, home, and work. As founder and Chief Eco Officer, I’m not just figuring out the balance for myself, I’m figuring it out for my company. We have lots of parents at JMC. Our VP of Product Development gave birth shortly after I did. Our VP of Marketing has two young kids and so do several other JMC moms and dads.

I want to make sure my company supports parents in both of their roles: genius businesspeople and nurturing moms and dads. So, I’ve been thinking about how I can make JMC more supportive than a conventional work environment without compromising the business that supports all of our families.

At the office
At the office - Courtesy Josie Maran

To see how I could make life a little more child-friendly for my employees, I did some research and found out that the U.S. Department of Labor requires employers to provide a safe and private location and compensated breaks for employees to pump breast milk. That’s great, but I also learned that the state of California is one of few states in the United States that provides paid maternity leave. And the United States is one of the only developed countries in the world without mandatory paid maternity leave. The decision to come back to work when Indi was only two months old was mine. I know I can bring her to work with me whenever I want, and I have the means to provide her with wonderful care when I need to devote a day to my business.

Sister kisses
Sister kisses - Courtesy Josie Maran

But what about all the moms who don’t have resources like mine? Motherhood is one of the world’s most important jobs. Shouldn’t we make it easier for women to be everything they want to be: mothers, professionals, and superheroes?

I don’t always succeed, but I try to do what Ghandi suggested, “Be the change you want to see in the world.” For starters, I’m focusing on making life easier for the moms and dads who work at JMC.

I want my company to be a safe and loving environment for parents and their children, where kids can come to work if their parents are in a bind, and where moms and dads feel like they can always put their children first, even if it means missing some work. I'm still figuring out where it'll go from here, but I know I want to do more to help children and their parents be all they can be.

Work is exhausting!
Work is exhausting! - Courtesy Josie Maran

With love,

—Josie Maran, Mama/CEO

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KatCat11351922409.83315844 PostsRegistered 7/21/2011

Josie, that is wonderful that you want to help out mothers and fathers and their children. People tend to work more hours today and really need to spend time with their familiies. Thank you for the lovely photos of your children. You are very blessed with two beautiful girls. Also, thank you for the great products you are producing. Keep up the great work!

Kat

fab501352154330.597175 PostsRegistered 2/6/2006

Hi Josie,

Just want you to know how much I enjoy the pictures you share with all of us! Thanks for taking time to write such lovely and inspiring thoughts about your work and your life.

tommysgirl1352300131.76708 PostsRegistered 10/20/2004

Josie, you are inspiring and I am so happy you are making the changes you want to see...if only all businesses could have the view you have. As a mom of five, I completely relate! I only wish I could work for such a caring, compassionate Company! Could you move your headquarters to NJ? lol Anyway...LOVE your products...don't ever stop creating them!

lOVETOSHOP1352346490.097392 PostsRegistered 10/26/2010

Josie,

Love you, Love your products! You are a beautiful person on the outside, but more importantly, you have a beautiful soul!

Your daughters are lucky to have someone like you for a mother...you are such a sharing and caring person...this world needs more like you!

Keep up the good work!

Donna in Upstate NY

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