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When your career takes a sudden twist, what do you do? Today we tell two stories around career pivots: Brea, who found herself pregnant and unemployed—so she started a consulting practice while in her third trimester. And Tara, who left the work world to raise kids and then, eight years later, wanted to return to work. How did they do it? Here’s what it looked like.
After losing her father at the tender ago of 25, Randi Zinn moved away from a traditional path in media to instead follow in her “fascinating hippie visionary” entrepreneurial dad’s footsteps. She depicts with honesty and vulnerability the struggles she felt leaping into a world she wasn’t prepared for and how her current success is most clearly understood alongside her several years of “non-linear” progress. After the birth of her son, Randi turned her passion for yoga, hosting events, and spirituality into uncommon and highly successful in person events and retreats. It was not until she was part way through throwing one of these mixers that she realized the business she wanted to create was staring right at her: Beyond Mom, a website, book, and community dedicated to exploring and nourishing our non-mother selves.
She was on track to become a neuroscientist: she’d hit all the markers, from prestigious fellowships to a postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard Medical School and MIT. She was about to become a professor when she switched careers—and became a parent. Now, she’s an “internet unicorn” with multiple platforms and businesses, an author, and has a brand-new career. Christine Koh tells us how motherhood moved her career in a completely different direction, and how she (almost) never looked back.
If you’ve taken a career break to raise kids, going back to work can feel challenging. How do you prepare yourself emotionally for the transition?
Danielle LaPorte shares her parenting and entrepreneurial journeys, explaining how the two paths coincide and develop together. She offers her insight on parenting, speaking to the phases, the physical exhaustion and the decisions of what to share (and not share) with your kids.