Meet the Mom Star: Megan Jooste of Redstone Strategy Group

Name: Megan Jooste

Kid(s) Age(s): 2 and 5

Occupation: Communications Specialist

Business: Redstone Strategy Group

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?

I’m re-reading an old favorite of mine: The Mists of Avalon, by Marion Zimmer Bradley. Also, I’m deep into Florence and the Machine – she has a new album coming out soon, so until then I’m just listening to the two tracks that have been released on repeat.

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?

Instacart. 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 alicia@campanizer.com!

Meet the Mom Star: Megan Booth of Ball Aerospace

Name: Megan Booth

Kids’ Ages: 2 boys, ages 5 and 2

Occupation: Business Analyst

Business: Ball Aerospace


What is your favorite thing about your work?

Being around adults and challenging my mind in different ways than being around my kids.

What is your least favorite thing about your work?

Being away from my kids and being tired at the end of the day.

Imagine you have some free time… what do you like to do?

I like running/mountain biking and reading.

What are your favorite stores/restaurants/places in the Boulder-area?

Love Brasserie Ten Ten and the Cork Happy Hour. During summer, we love taking the kids to Broomfield Bay to swim.

What are you currently reading/watching/listening to?

I love the show Younger. I need a new book!

What’s the most daring thing you’ve ever done?

Skydiving. I don’t need to do that again.

Do you have any advice for other moms and/or working moms?

Try to find a good work/life balance, especially moms who have their own businesses, whom I think tend to work longer hours because it’s kind of another baby for them. But, in the end, work is work, so make time for your kids and significant other if you have one. In the end, they are the most important.

What is important for you to teach your kids?

Kindness and compassion for all types of people. I want my kids to be friends with the kids who need friends.

What have your kids taught you?

Patience and a greater love than I thought was possible.

Thanks to Megan for taking the time to share her feelings on work and motherhood with us. If you know a mom that we should feature (maybe you?) send me an email at alicia@campanizer.com!

Meet the Mom Star: Lindsey Berlin of Peapod & Nate

 

Name: Lindsey Berlin

Kids Ages: 2 and 4

Occupation: Small Business Owner

Business: Peapod & Nate

At Peapod & Nate, our goal is to help parents create a warm and unique space for their littlest loves, whether they are at home, on the go or at school. Using the finest hand-selected 100% cottons, each item is lovingly handcrafted in Boulder, Colorado.

What is your favorite thing about your work?

I love getting to work directly with parents to help bring their visions to reality. (Editor’s Note: I can personally endorse! Lindsey just helped me choose fabric and is making the perfect dress for my 1.5yo to wear to a summer wedding.)

What is your least favorite thing about your work?

Because my office is in my home, and it’s not a typical 9-5, I have a hard time cutting it off which is probably my least favorite thing about doing what I do. There is always the pull to always being available, responding right away to customers ​and getting back into the office to sew.

Imagine you have some free time… what do you like to do?

What is this thing you call free time? HA! I love just relaxing with my husband and kids. Going to the farmers market together or just hanging out in the backyard.

What are your favorite family tradition?

One of my favorite family traditions is probably the simplest – eating dinner together, as a family and talking about our day. Sometimes it doesn’t go all that smooth, but we always make the effort to sit down and enjoy a meal together.

What are your favorite stores/restaurants/places in the Boulder-area?

My favorite baby boutique is Pitter Patter in Louisville. It’s such a dreamy space filled with the best of the best for little ones! Our absolute favorite restaurant is Blackbelly. We often try other restaurants, but always end up back at Blackbelly. The food is always exceptional, service is top notch and the drinks are creative and unique.

What are you currently reading/watching/listening to?

I am currently reading and LOVING  this book – You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life by Jen Sincero. I would highly recommend it!

What’s the most daring thing you’ve ever done?

Paragliding in the Swiss Alps! I had hoped it would be something I would enjoy once I got in the air, but nope not the case. I was glad to have pushed myself to try it, but very very happy to be back on the ground!

Do you have any advice for other moms and/or mom with businesses?

My best advice is go for it! I was so worried about, well everything. How am I going to manage this and still be a present mom? Will this eventually become an income source for my family or just become financial burden? I don’t know anything about running a business!  Am I entering into an already saturated baby bedding market? These are all valid and could have stopped me before I even began, but I am so glad I pushed though all those what if’s and did it. It’s definitely not always easy, and it’s always a learning process that is ever evolving but it’s so rewarding. I love that I get to directly work with my customers, be my own boss and most importantly do something that I am passionate about. I love that my kids get to see me building something that I love. So my advice is, take the chance and do it, be bold and take risks.

What is important for you to teach your kids?

This is a tough question, because there are so many things. Kindness is probably the most important thing I hope to ingrain in them from a very early age. I think kindness is important in all aspects of life, personal and professional. I think if you lead with kindness you’ll always be successful.

What have your kids taught you?

The importance of trying new things. It’s always incredible to me how easy it is for them to dive head first into something they have never done before and no, it doesn’t always go well, but they are always willing to try something new. The older I get, the easier it is for me to stay in my comfort zone, but my kids show me on a daily basis how important it is to continue to step outside that comfort zone to try something new, even at the risk of failing. Because the reward could be so worth it!
Thanks to Lindsey for taking the time to share all of this great information and advice with us. I was cruising around her Etsy shop and noticed that she’ll be at the Louisville Farmers Market on July 7th and the Erie Farmers Market on August 16th. Go check it out!
Also, this is the first in a series of features we’re doing on Boulder-area moms who are doing awesome things. If you know a mom that we should feature (maybe you?) send me an email at alicia@campanizer.com!