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You Don't Have to Choose Between Career and Family

Updated: May 3, 2021

I spent more than a decade building a career, pouring my heart, soul, time, energy and self into building someone else's dream.

I worked hard to please my boss, colleagues and team members. I worked so hard in fact, that I was blind to how my years of unwavering service to the company I worked for were hurting my heart and distancing me from the people I love the most in the world, my husband and children.

When my son was born, I was in the thick of building my department and investing in my leadership responsibilities at the office - all while learning how to be a mom.

I was exhausted. I did my best, but felt I was losing the battle at home.

I call the years when my son was 2 and 3, the "lost years." Those days are a blur, with only a few scattered memories in my mind. I missed out on so much.

When my daughter was born four years later, I vowed not to make the same mistakes again.

* I set boundaries on my time in the office

* I poured into mending my relationship with my son

* I focused on my baby daughter, enjoying every moment I had with her

Over time, I learned how to put my family first and work second. God was faithful. He infused me with courage to stand my ground, fight for my leadership position at the office, all while working less hours but providing more value than ever.

After over a decade of proven, reliable service in the organization, I requested an annual review with my boss. In that meeting, I presented growth statistics and positive client feedback that reflected the innovative and consistent marketing efforts my team and I had made over the 12 months prior. My leadership, coupled with my team's creative efforts, had produced a solid marketing solution and potential revenue stream I believed would help the company grow.

My recommendations were met with disbelief. My boss didn't believe in me, or my vision.

After 14 years of building and leading a department that provided a third of the company's services, I was offered a position as executive assistant. I kindly declined and resigned.

The truth of the matter is: God had called me to use my leadership skills and expertise in a wider capacity, but I had ignored His call. I believed I could make significant change right where I was; yet continued to meet resistance and roadblocks at every turn.

I stayed because I thought it was safe. I was wrong.

In January 2019, I began building a marketing business on my own terms, with a goal to have a healthy balance between work and family. JESSICA SUGGS MARKETING is the culmination of 15 months of effort, backed by 14 years of experience in media marketing.

I've found that as I follow my dreams, believe in my abilities and reach for more, my marriage has healed and grown deeper. My relationship with my son is stronger than ever. My daughter is now 4 years-old. She and I have snuggle fests and dance parties almost every day.

I am THRILLED to have the opportunity to help entrepreneurs and small businesses create cohesive content strategies through effective marketing strategy.

Photo Credit: @Deepika.Haldankar
Photo Credit: @Deepika.Haldankar

Women deserve to have a place of power in leadership and business. Unfortunately, this has been denied many in male-dominated industries and companies. Now, more than ever, I refuse to be marginalized. I refuse to prove my value and worth over and over again to people or companies that don't believe in what I have to offer.

I have learned that just because someone else doesn't have a vision for my services, doesn't mean my services are faulty or unnecessary. It just means I'm sharing my vision with the wrong audience.

I look up to women in leadership like Rachel Hollis, Jenna Kutcher, Marie Forleo and Amy Porterfield. Leaders who SEE WOMEN, ACKNOWLEDGE their unique and personal value, and who give others the opportunity to grow into WHO GOD MADE THEM TO BE. I'm fired up and ready to help YOU grow into who God made YOU to be!

I was made for more. YOU were made for more. Let's reach for more TOGETHER!

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