The Juggle Series: Co-Founder of Gilt, Alexandra Wilkis WilsonCarmen Ordonez
I’m so excited to share with you a series I’ll be doing called “The Juggle.” Over the past few weeks, I’ve had to privilege to interview several moms on how they manage work, life, marriage and motherhood. I’ve been so fascinated by each of their stories and what they go through. I’ve also been taking several notes–I’m a new mom to a 6-month old myself.
The series features all different types of moms, from those with high-profile careers, single-moms to moms that work from home. First up is Alexandra Wilkis Wilson, co-founder of Gilt.com and Head of Strategic Alliances. She’s the mother of an adorable infant daughter and a three year-old-son.
Scroll through to see how she manages work, life, marriage and motherhood.
What is your typical day like from start to finish? 1 of 11
No two days are ever alike for me. I rarely sit at my desk and instead feel like I am always on the go, with a jam packed schedule. I try to fit in as many meetings as possible, internally with nearly all the functional areas of Gilt as well as externally with our diverse luxury lifestyle brand partners and business development vendors. It is exhausting, but adrenaline gets me through the day
How do you juggle marriage/work/motherhood? 2 of 11
I won't lie, it isn't easy, it is indeed a juggling act. Fortunately, I am by nature very organized, which helps. I rely heavily on the calendar in my iPhone (I think I am addicted to my calendar, I admit it). I try to prioritize what is most important to my career and to my family.
Photo: Dave Cowley/Flicker
What advice would you give other women trying to juggle it all? 3 of 11
Ask other mothers in similar professional and personal situations how they organize themselves so that you can learn from them. Ask those who love you for help when you need it! Be present. When you are at work, focus on work. When you are at home with your family, focus on them.
How do you manage childcare? 4 of 11
We are very lucky that my parents live locally and my in laws visit frequently so the grandparents are very involved in the daily lives of my children, which makes a huge difference.
photo: Stephanie Spensley/Flickr
How do you make time for your husband and your marriage? 5 of 11
We have a "date night" at least once a week.
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How do you manage household chores/cooking? ¨¨¨ 6 of 11
I am very lucky that my husband not only loves to cook but he is really good at it! So on weekends "Daddy" generally takes over in the kitchen and especially on the grill. During the week, I plan meals out in advance and rely a lot on Fresh Direct to deliver fresh groceries and this saves me a lot of time.
Does your work require you to travel? If so, how do you handle? 7 of 11
I generally can plan my work travel way in advance and I make sure that my husband will be home when I have to travel and vice versa.
photo: Sean MacEntee/Flickr
Do you think women can âï¿½ï¿½have it allâï¿½ï¿½? 8 of 11
I believe in setting lofty goals, in reaching for the sun, the moon and the stars and not being afraid to fail. Don't settle for anything less than what you believe you deserve. I think today's modern woman is reinventing the notion of "having it all". So yes, I believe it is possible to "have it all" but it takes hard work, discipline, self-awareness, constant prioritization, focus, humility, a support system and a whole lot of love.
What has been your biggest challenge juggling marriage/motherhood and a high-profile career? 9 of 11
I am trying to get better about saying "no" more. That is hard for me.
Any tips for managing time/priorities? 10 of 11
Being organized, delegating whenever possible and accepting that you can't please everyone all the time.
How do you manage any âï¿½ï¿½meâï¿½ï¿½ time? 11 of 11
This is tough, but I try to wake up early to squeeze in a morning workout during the week and I love playing tennis on the weekends.
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