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REAL MOMS FEATURE: How SHE DOES IT ALL – NO REGRETS
In this Real Moms Feature, I’m super happy to introduce, Caroline Lontoc-Diaz.
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Caroline is a mom of two gorgeous boys, a wife to her soulmate, and a Preschool Director.
How she does it? Let’s find out!
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What do you do for a job; and what does it entail?
I’m a Preschool Director. Now, imagine being married to 28 women and you need to keep them happy all the time — there you go! That is what I do. I keep my teachers happy. Ha!
I grow preschools. I come in and improve their program, create the curriculum, hire teachers, build a team, make the team happy, parents happy, put out fires, make sure that the school is in compliance… and that I make it out sane when work is done (which it is never done).
You are also quite an entrepreneur. Tell me about your entrepreneurial ventures.
I remember being in 2nd grade when I discovered the school’s photocopier. I made copies of coloring pages and sold them to my classmates at 50 cents a piece. That’s how early I started!
I also remember writing oratorical pieces as well for friends and selling that too. At one stage, I hired a seamstress to sew body pillows (long body pillows) back in college, and had her make plush souvenir items for schools.
I also owned and operated two preschools.
When I moved to the US, I learned how to sew and made baby bibs, blankets, and crib shoes. I also dabbled in selling on eBay for a few years, and became a power seller at that time.
Two years ago, my husband and I started GoCoPod. Gocopods are single serve virgin coconut oil pods that you can take with you wherever you go (you can use it for bulletproof coffee, make-up remover, lotion, conditioner etc.).
While I also do photography and children’s yoga classes, I do not consider these to be entrepreneurial ventures as it brings me more joy than money.
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what inspired you to get to where you are today?
I was raised well by really amazing people. I tried not to suck as a human being — I made sure I was kind, emphatic, honest, and I’m a hard-worker. My sense of humor helped too! I married a wonderful husband and everything else followed.
How did you meet your husband?
In college — a very long and very dramatic story. I met him and didn’t like him. I got engaged to someone else. He tried his luck again and let’s just say that lady luck was on his side this time. I guess that would be the very short way to describe it. Oh yeah! I got “traded” for a 6-pack (beer). My ex-fiancé was more than happy to “give me away”. I told you it was a crazy story!
What does your husband do for a living?
He is my nanny, driver, sous chef, handyman, and gas boy (literally fills up the gas tank for my car).
He does everything and anything
we I need him to do. We are blessed to have him. I cannot do all that I do without his constant support.
What is the best part of being a mother?
The best part of being a mom is also the scariest part – Raising young men!
What is the most difficult part of being a mother?
For me, that would be feeling that I am not giving them (my children) enough. It is that weird mom guilt that I find difficult at times to wrestle with.
so How do you it? How do you manage being a working mother – doing all that you do?
I get asked this all the time! It may be that in the eyes of some, I have such a crazy schedule… or at least that is what comes through with my social media accounts.
The answer? I have a planner. Literally – a daily planner. You’ll laugh… but I would be lost without my planner. I am old-fashioned like that, and I love writing things down.
I also delegate things that make more sense for others to do. Let’s face it, – I can either spend 5 hours cleaning my home or get a cleaning crew over and they finish that in 2 hours. I can then use the 5 hours to spend with my family. I think that is time and money well spent.
What do you do to look after yourself?
Hot long showers! I also do yoga, run, read a good book, cook, and pick my interactions. I believe that you end up sharing brain waves and energy with the people you interact with!
What is one thing in your life that you would like to change, and why?
Nothing. Truly nothing.
My mom always taught me to regret nothing. Everything that has happened to me – good or bad – is a teacher that has brought me to where and who I am now.
If a young person asked for your advice and you only had a one tip to give them, what would it be?
Hangout with people wiser than you!
Well Mamas – now, I don’t know about you but… I AM IN AWE!!
Caroline is a super mom of two boys, a wife, a Preschool Director, and an entrepreneur, Caroline and her family are based in Georgia, Atlanta, USA. Follow and learn more about Caroline over at @foodtripper @carolinewears
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