Meet Mom of Reinvention, Karen Gallagher
Role Mommy: What did you do before you became a mom?
Karen: I was in management at a major health insurance company for 9 years, and then I moved into consulting with a small benefits firm for 5 years.
Role Mommy: When did you decide to reinvent your life?
Karen: While working in the corporate world with two small children, I felt like I was always in reaction mode trying to keep all of the balls in the air. When I had my third child, I decided that I needed to get better control of my life. So I left my job and started my own business. I now work more hours than I did before, but a big chunk of that time is at night after the kids are in bed.
Role Mommy: How have your children influenced your career path? How many do you have?
Karen: I am so thankful for the influence my three children continue to have on my journey as a business owner. If it wasn't for them, I would never have left a stable, financially rewarding job. Why would I? But after having them, I started to measure wealth a bit differently. My "bank account" as a mom needed to be replenished. And my business- The Lollipop Book Club- gives me the opportunity to do so.
Role Mommy: What's your favorite "Time Out" tip for moms (taking time for yourself)
Karen: I have a great group of friends who go out for drinks and dinner one night a month. We meet up at a local restaurant late in the evening (kids are either already in bed, or pretty darn close) and talk. For me, that is a very rejuvenating experience. Sometimes on the weekends I sneak out to a local coffee house with a book. I am only gone for an hour, but when I get back I feel like a new person.
Role Mommy: What does your website offer moms or kids?
Karen: The Lollipop Book Club specializes in the gift of books for children. Each book is mailed to the child in a big, red envelope with a super-cute lollipop and a gift note (on a sticker for the inside of the book). Lots of moms use our service for birthday party presents. Other Moms use The Lollipop Book Club to stay in touch with nieces, nephews and children they do not see all of the time. We also have many moms who send packages to their own children to just create a memorable gift experience.
Role Mommy: What do you hope for your own kids?
Karen: I hope that they are secure and confident enough in themselves to pursue their dreams. I want them to have healthy relationships and a sense of purpose in life. If I can raise my children with these characteristics, I will be one happy mommy!
Role Mommy: Who is your Role Mommy?
Karen: I am fortunate to have two remarkable and very different women in my life - my mother and my grandmother. My mother is a kind-hearted spirit who dedicated herself to raising her children. She always provided strong guidance without forcing her opinions upon us. My grandmother is a 96-year-old force to be reckoned with. Had she been born today, she would undoubtedly be CEO of a big company. She just gave up her driver's license (thank goodness!), drills her stock broker on a weekly basis, and does her own taxes. If only everyone could age so gracefully!