Two bits from the news world.
The first is a story in today’s WSJ about Mary Hern an Air Force wife who has managed to raise two children, move four times to follow her husband’s career and start a thriving, portable home based business. With a background in opera singing and performing, Mary was certain she would always wind up on the stage in NYC. But love intervened and she married a military man, had a child and started to move around. Without much of an outlet for her performing abilities, she started to look for other outlets. She took a training class offered by the military to help military spouses start business using careers they already have. With experience managing retail stores and customer databases, she was able to land her first client, doing database management and data analysis, troubleshooting and spotting trends in customer data to help her clients.
Determined to do a top flight job, she kept her second pregnancy under wraps from her clients, had her laptop in the hospital and delivered the project, the baby on time and under budget.
Now, Mary works from home – she watches the kids during the day and her husband takes over at night while she does work. To combat the isolation of telecommuting – Mary has found an outlet in singing – in church and hopefully soon in community theater.
Way to go Mary on creating a wonderful work-life balance, helping to support your family and being a true GirlMogul.
So if Mary wasn’t enough – how about this – 10 year old girl completes college classes to become a certified vet’s assistant. Watch the video here to find out more about 10 year old Courtney Oliver. Using an online course Courtney became certified in 8 months.
From early on, Courtney knew she wanted to work with animals. She also found a helping hand in Dr. Schumacher, the vetinarian who helped mentored Courtney through the process of getting her degree and employs Courtney in her office. The one downside – state law says Courtney’s too young to work with out parental supervision – so her mother goes to the animal hospital with her.
Way to go Courtney for being a true GirlMogul.
Remember all GirlMoguls
No dream is impossible
You’re never too young. Find someone (a mentor) to help you grow your dream
Check out GirlMogul.com for encouraging designs for girls
“Don’t turn down an opportunity because you are afraid. That’s not a good reason to turn down something. So many people, especially women, think they’re not qualified when it comes to new opportunities. You think there is someone who can do a job better, but usually there’s not. Those guys who are acting like they are better qualified? They aren’t any better qualified. They just think they are. Be willing to take a chance!” – Heidi Hammel – Astonomer
Here’s a great article/interview with Heidi Hammel an astronomer who studies Uranus, is helping to build a giant telescope and manages a team of other scientists. (And for all you working moms out there – she telecommutes and raises 3 children.)
Heidi says that first studied stars as a child when she was driving with her parents – car sickness forced her to look up and focus on the constellations. From there it was college at MIT, where in her own words,
“I struggled so hard. Nobody seemed to be working as hard as I did and they were getting much better grades. I was not a very happy person there. I learned how to work hard and how to cope with failure. I learned you couldn’t let things get you down. If you persevere, the rewards will come later on.”
A great life lesson, to encourage our daughters to struggle through the math and science classes, even if at first, things don’t come easily. Math and science are critical skills and are a great foundation for anything.
Dr. Hammel goes on to talk about taking risks – heading out to Hawaii for graduate school, being asked to lead a team, and then relying on that team. Read the whole article for more about being a women in a man’s field, the stars, science and balancing work and family and the best advice she can give young women today.
“Whether you are talking about education, career or service, you are talking about life. And life must really have joy. It’s supposed to be fun.” Barbara Bush – Former First Lady
Just a reminder, girls. As you design your successful life, don’t forget to have fun. Be successful, but make sure you like what you’re doing as well. Go out and have fun if you’re working too hard. Try to find a way to make work or school more fun – it’s usually free and won’t impact how much you get down. When we volunteer our time to others there should be a component of fun, otherwise service just becomes another obligation. So if someone else isn’t helping you have fun, then try and create the fun yourself.