Name: Megan Jooste
Kid(s) Age(s): 2 and 5
Occupation: Communications Specialist
What is your favorite thing about your work?
Working with foundations, governments, and companies all over the world to solve some of humanity’s biggest problems like hunger, poverty, and climate change. It’s deeply rewarding work, and I am grateful to be able to do it.
What is your least favorite thing about your work?
Social problems are complicated and can seem intractable. Also, the social sector moves at a very idiosyncratic pace; perhaps one year we see a flurry of activity and attention around a certain issue, and then things seem to go quiet for years. It’s helped me to “stay in my lane,” as I call it: focus on the task at hand, and aim to bring my best to whatever I set my mind to do in that moment.
Imagine you have some free time… what do you like to do?
When I’m not at work or with my delicious children, I am writing a book that will hopefully help push the current narrative on climate change. Right now, the international community is very focused on helping keep global warming to under two degrees centigrade. Sadly, many in the scientific community don’t think that’s possible given our current trajectory. I’m not aiming to be negative, just practical. I actually believe I’m pretty optimistic about what the human race is capable of: I believe we need to focus now on what happens after the planet warms and sea levels rise – how will we handle changes in geography, demographics, and industry? How can we raise our children to be conscientious and resilient? That’s what I’m aiming to explore in my book.
What are your favorite family traditions?
We don’t do family dinner. Instead, we typically make a tray of a bunch of little things – a pasta, a few vegetables, a protein or some sort, and some fruit. During the nice weather we bring it outside to our little patio and just enjoy one another’s company for the couple of hours after work. This way my husband and I can connect after long days at work and the kids can run off any energy they might have left. They’ll put on little shows for us while my husband and I are talking, or sit with us and draw. It’s very casual, very relaxed, and feels very ‘us.’
What are your favorite stores/restaurants/places in the Boulder-area?
We live in Whittier and adore our local restaurant, River and Woods
. They have a wonderful patio out back and have live music sometimes so we can bring the kids and watch them dance while we enjoy our food. One of my goals for the next year is to submit a family recipe for consideration for their menu!
What are you currently reading/watching/listening to?
What’s the most daring thing you’ve ever done?
When I was 27 I moved by myself to Abu Dhabi for a job working for the Chamber of Commerce. It was quite scary to take on such a huge move by myself, and I admit that my time over there was challenging at times. But I ended up meeting my husband over there, so it was absolutely worth it!
Do you have any advice for other moms and/or working moms?
. I’m not kidding. I save so much time and money by using grocery store delivery, whether it be Instacart or another service.
What is important for you to teach your kids?
Compassion, empathy, and resilience.
What have your kids taught you?
My kids have absolutely taught me, and continue to teach me, to be present in any given moment and to practice mindfulness. Like when we’re all in bed in the morning and the girls are giggling and climbing all over us and the alarm has long since gone off, just to enjoy that and remember that no matter what I have going on that day – a meeting, planning dinner, there’s nothing more important than what is happening right now, and to savor these sweet moments with them.
Thank you Megan for sharing a peek into your world with us. We love your dinner tradition + can’t wait to try it! If you know a mom that we should feature (maybe you?) send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org!