Having a Baby Will Never Be Convenient. Do It Anyway: A Q&A With Cheryl Kellond
Cheryl Kellond quit her last job without another one lined up because she finally figured out what she wanted to do. As a busy athlete, she was unhappy with the way women's sports products were made, so she decided to launch her own company, Bia Sports. A Kickstarter campaign this summer helped Bia raise enough money to start building and producing their first product -- a wearable sports watch combined with an online mobile phone app, ergonomically designed specifically for a woman's wrist.
In tomorrow's new episode of our exclusive "Get Connected" video series, Cheryl will be talking about running your own company, developing your personal brand and following your passion. In the mean time, here's Part 3 of our Q&A with Cheryl. Make sure to check out Part 1 (http://lnkd.in/Zj7iRt) and Part 2 (http://lnkd.in/8YDQQN) for more great insights from her.
LINKEDIN: How do you fit everything in?
CHERYL: It’s not an easy balance. I don’t think it’s one specific secret. I’m not one of those people that can go on three to four hours of sleep. I actually need seven or eight hours of sleep a night. That active balance is not really that everything is balanced, it’s that I’m juggling all the time and something’s taking the short stick every single day.
A lot of times it’s basic household stuff. My kids know how to make their own lunch. My kids know how to do their own laundry. That takes a lot of stuff off my plate. It’s definitely been harder with my own company because it’s demanded more out of me. My training right now is getting the short stick.
The person that put it best was Sheryl Sandberg. She always says one of the most important career decisions you’re going to make as a woman is your choice of spouse. That is 100 percent true. My husband is a saint. He’s been tremendously supportive of all the craziness because he believes in me and all those things that make me good at this are the things he loves.
LINKEDIN: What advice do you have for someone who's struggling with starting a family and work/life balance?
CHERYL: Stop thinking about it and just have the frickin’ baby! There is no way to properly plan timing or lifestyle or anything. You can’t know when the time is gonna be right. The baby is going to throw your world in the air just like your job is going to throw your world in the air. And guess what? You’re gonna figure it out.
If you want a family, just have it. It sort of sounds naïve or it sounds idealistic – I had my first child when I was 20 and I didn’t plan to have him then, but it threw me in. So every single day of my career, I’ve had to figure out how to balance it. When you don’t have time to think about if you can do it or if there’s a better time to do it, you just do it. You realize that not only does it work out, but it makes you better.
I’m better at my job because I have this great family, because I’ve learned how to manage this family and because they bring me so much joy. Because you can’t overthink things, you have to sort of go with the flow and you become more resilient and more adaptive, which is maybe the most important skill to building a great career nowadays and to starting something on your own.
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