Working Mom Appreciation Day Feature: Beth Sizemore
Beth Sizemore is the mother of two beautiful children, Olivia, 8 and Drew, 2. Her husband, Chad, works in Law Enforcement, and Beth works at an investment firm. As a family, they love to do anything outside, travel and have family nights at home.
“Finding a balance is one of the biggest challenge of being a working mom,” Beth explained. “I want to have a successful career, but I also want to make sure my children are getting what they need from me. I’m always trying to find new ways to perfect that balance.”
Continuing to build a strong education and skill set was one of Beth’s goals, after an unexpected surprise shortly after turning 21. “I found out I was pregnant when I was 21 years-old. I was still in college, still obtaining an education and all of a sudden, everything got flipped upside down,” she said. “I knew I wanted to still graduate college and worked hard to make that dream a reality. Now, I enjoy making my own money, making friends in the professional world and I enjoy being able to get out of the house and dressing up.”
“Being able to eat lunch or go to the bathroom alone is always a nice plus, too,” Beth joked.
Beth was Mrs. West Virginia America 2015 and spent her year exhibiting strong family values and supporting women in the mountain state. She even brought her kids to appearances and parades which showed that women truly can ‘do it all’.
Beth’s advice to other working moms is to find a strong support system, set your own boundaries, don’t worry about what other moms think and learn to laugh at yourself.
“My journey as a mom has hit almost every level. I’ve been a young mom, a single mom, a stay-at-home mom and a working mom. Not only is being Mom the hardest job I’ve ever had, I’m still struggling to find a perfect balance that makes my world run smoothly. In today’s society we see so much ‘Mom Shaming’ when in reality we need to be ‘Mom Cheerleaders’! Sometimes as a woman and a mom, we get beat down enough. Take every chance to lift one another up – My way of ‘mothering’ might be different than yours, and that’s OK!”