Working Mother

I Was a Disorganized Mess of a Working Mom. Then, I Started Using That to My Advantage

Julie Gaines and daughter

Me and my daughter Susie.


I did almost everything wrong as a working mother. This mother-plus-job thing was NOT for me. It was for all those other working mothers. It was for mothers who were organized and kept lists and were hyper-disciplined with their time. To me, those mothers were everywhere, except in my house.

It was no surprise that for my 30th birthday my friends gave me a T-shirt that read, “You’re a mess.” (Now a pattern at Fishs Eddy.) I was OK with simply doing my best. I sometimes actually wallowed in my glorious inimitable pandemonium, because it was MY pandemonium. I was who

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