Next up in “I Don´t Know How She Does It” we have Shannon Bennett from Mom Without Labels. Shannon is one of these moms of whom you wonder how on earth she gets it all done every day. This busy lady works full time, battles a 1,5h commute every morning and evening, and on top of that launched a successful blog this year (which she is totally rocking!). Check out how this inspiring mama manages all of this without going insane.
Q: Please introduce yourself, why do you think people around you might think “I don´t know how she does it”?
A: Hi! I’m Shannon, a full-time working mom of two young girls – ages 2 and 4 – and a wife of 7 years. I’m an HR professional in Corporate America and commute an average of 3 hours per day (1.5 hours each way), which puts me away from home for 12-13 hours per day. Oh and I also blog over at Memoirs of a Working Mom.
Q: What does your typical weekday look like?
A: Oh man. Well, I mentioned above that I’m typically away from home for 12-13 hours per day. My typical day includes my alarm going off at 5:45 am, getting my girls up and ready for the day, dropping them off at their respective childcare locations, driving 1.5 hours to work, sitting through a ton of meetings and answering a ton of emails, driving 1.5-2 hrs home at night and getting home around 8:00 pm when my kids are going to bed. I hang with them for a few minutes, put E to bed, and then fire up my laptop to work on blog and social media stuff until about 1:00 am. Side Note: It’s 11:35 pm as I’m writing this. 🙂
Q: What is your secret to get it all done?
A: I don’t sleep. That’s the secret. I’m a perpetual mombie. I also have a very supportive husband who pulls way more weight than I do at home. I create my blog and social media content on the weekends and then post/promote it during the week.
Q: What do you do when you feel like you´re close to a break down?
A: I escape for awhile to clear my head. Sometimes it’s to shop. Sometimes it’s to Panera to write. Sometimes it’s just to drive.
Q: What is your guilty pleasure?
A: Reality TV! I don’t know that I would consider it to be a guilty pleasure, though, because I don’t feel guilty about it! Ha!
Q: What keeps you motivated?
A: My family, for sure, and all of the amazing support I get from the blogging community! I am driven by accomplishment so as long as I feel like I’m achieving something, I have a reason to keep on.
Q: What is your favourite activity with your girls?
A: Dance parties! We love to put on the music channels on TV and dance in the living room.
Q: What would be your advice for other busy moms to get the most out of their day?
A: Prioritize, eliminate the unnecessary, and multi-task. You can’t do it all, so don’t even try.
Q: What else do we need to know about you?
A: I’m one of the most boring people you’ll ever meet. I entered this crazy blogger life on a whim and have been so grateful for the connections I’ve made. I do what I do because I feel personally rewarded by it… but I’m ALWAYS tired. Life can sometimes a lot harder than it appears on social media. 🙂
Have you checked out the previous “I Don´t Know How She Does It”?
- I Don´t Know How She Does It – Inspiring Moms
- I Don´t Know How She Does It – with Kelsey van Kirk from The HomeLoving Wife
- I Don´t Know How She Does It – with JeeYoung Dubs from Simply + Every
- I Don´t Know How She Does It – with Lauren Berger from Working Mom Magic
- I Don´t Know How She Does It – with Aimee Gonzalez Niebuhr from MamaCentric
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