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The SpitfireMom Society Introduces: Tiffany Beveridge

By June 30, 2014

SpitfireMom-Tiffany-BeveridgeFor every creative there’s that “I wish I had done that!” and for every creative there’s a “Holy heck I wish I COULD do that!” It’s not envy as much as it’s a vigorous nodding of approval and joy that there are brains in the universe that can come up with this stuff. And it is, with all the holy hecks I can muster, that I bring you the newest SpitfireMom.

Tiffany Beveridge is a copywriter, and she’s also the incisive, on point, so-timely-it-smarts voice of My Imaginary Well Dressed Toddler. What started with a wildly popular Pinterest board is now a newly released cackling-good humor book titled How to Quinoa: Life Lessons from My Imaginary Well-Dressed Daughter.

She’s also the mom of two wonderful (though averagely dressed) sons, ages 15 and 10. Seven years ago, she began working freelance from home, which allowed her a lot of flexibility with young kids. In return, she offered the job flexibility (working very late or very early, weekend, and sometimes holidays). As she noted, it is not easy to be a work-from-home mom. She described often feeling pulled in multiple directions with no way to “leave your work at the office.” But the benefits have always outweighed the challenges for Tiffany (for this work-from-home copywriter, too! We’re meant to be pals!). Overall, Tiffany believes it’s been a great fit for her family.

Here’s what Tiffany had to say about being a (real life) SpitfireMom:

How does being a mom influence your work?

I think being a mom has made me much more efficient in my career. If I have a ton of things to get done on a given day, I get them done and I get a total rush. On the other hand, if I have very little to accomplish, I accomplish very little and feel ineffective. Having mom duties on top of work duties almost always fuels the fire and, for me, that’s a good thing. (Except on the days where it’s all too much and I crash and burn!)

On the positive side, I feel that working is such a great example for my sons. As the only female in our home, I realized early on that I was going to be largely responsible for how my sons understand and view women. I like that they see me enjoying a full life of home, family and a fulfilling career.

On the negative side, there are obvious limits to my time. I have never been the room mother in their classrooms. There are nights that I can’t read with them before bed because I’m chasing a deadline. Life is full of trade-offs.

Being a working mom makes me compassionate, especially with other working moms. There is an immediate understanding of the challenges we face. When I worked full time in an office, nothing could bring me to tears faster then daycare issues. It can be so overwhelming. If I can help another mom out, I’m ready and willing. It takes a village, right?

I do think that working has made me a good manager. My own schedule would forbid me from micro-managing my kids, even if my personality didn’t naturally do so. I hope this is creating an environment where my kids know that I am there to oversee, but they are responsible for their own realm of schoolwork and chores. I am comfortable letting the little things slide. The dishes can sit in the sink if necessary. I try to be realistic about my time and not overcommit. I try to always be on time, since I think that reflects respect for other people’s time.

Do you talk about your kids with clients or potential clients?

I rarely bring up my kids unless the situation calls for it, especially at the beginning of a relationship with a client. I have no idea what biases someone might have, so I hold my cards close, especially since I work from home. As the relationship grows, I’m more comfortable sharing details about my personal life.

How to Quinoa - Spitfiremom Tiffany Beveridge

What’s one thing you haven’t figured out?

I got some really good advice that has been hard for me to fully embrace: “Under-promise then over-perform.” I tend to promise a lot and then stress myself out to fulfill the commitment. I’m trying to learn with clients to ask for more time than I need, then surprise them by turning it in early.

We know a SpitfireMom like Tiffany has tips to share, so we asked for her best time saving trick:

It’s amazing what you can get done in just a few minutes. I feel like there are little pockets of time hidden all throughout the day, just waiting to be found. I can reply to an email or change a load of laundry in less than five minutes while I’m sitting on hold waiting for a conference call to start.

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What’s one thing you haven’t figured out?

I got some really good advice that has been hard for me to fully embrace: “Under-promise then over-perform.” I tend to promise a lot and then stress myself out to fulfill the commitment. I’m trying to learn with clients to ask for more time than I need, then surprise them by turning it in early.

And, if you’re a mom entrepreneur and just found out your expecting, Tiffany says

You have everything it takes to be successful as a working mom. You are capable of so much more than you realize. Believe in yourself and make the most of each day.

Y’all, if you haven’t, set aside an hour or two (or a day or two) to get to know Quinoa and her crew better. And Tiffany, thanks for showing us how you parent your real and not-so-real kids with intention and humor while nourishing a career and projects that let us all appreciate your abundant creative skills.

XO,
Julie & Heidi

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Connect with Tiffany (and Quinoa!)

Twitter  /  Facebook  /  Pinterest  /  The Book

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2 Comments

  • Reply Lucy June 30, 2014 at 1:14 pm

    Tiffany is amazing!! Everyone needs to buy her book!!

    • Reply Heidi Yarger July 1, 2014 at 3:31 pm

      Thanks Lucy! Tiffany is great and her pinterest boards are a great breathe of fresh air! thanks for being a supporter of SpitfireMom! xo, Heidi

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