Hillary Chybinski: Balancing Work and Motherhood And Reviewing a Book Too!

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Balancing Work and Motherhood And Reviewing a Book Too!

As many of you know, I have launched a new career as an Online Content Creator and Social Media Consultant. This has been an amazing journey that is still in it's infancy. I am fortunate enough to be a member of a wonderful local networking group that provides endless support and advice, but imagine my surprise when I picked up the newest From Left to Write book club book, and found it was about a young woman struggling to develop her own business.

Julia's Child is not my "typical" read. . .but I couldn't put it down.  I don't know if it was Julia's persona, or her struggle to balance a business and a family that was the bigger draw. Let's not even mention the wealth of information about organic foods, how we choose to feed our children and kid-friendly recipes too.

Show of hands for any of you that at least attempted to make your own baby food. I did. . .it didn't last long.  At the time I was working outside the home, and cooking in general isn't my strong point, so I just didn't love it.  Julia, in the book, makes it seem so easy!

I really enjoyed the parts of the book that included interactions with Julia and her husband and/or children.  I often wonder what my family "really" thinks of the changes we are going through.  I worry when I tell my kids, "in a minute, mommy's working". . .should I be dropping everything and attending to their needs? Probably sometimes - right?

And no one realizes all the minute details and decisions that go into making a business work.  Julia's Child brings up several good points about shipping, research and development and marketing.  I flew along the pages to see what turn Julia's Child would take next. . .what decision would Julia have to make, what may she have to give up to make her dream come true.  And did she really want that dream in the first place?

I give the book 4 out of 5 stars. The ending may be a little to "pat" for some. . .but seriously the book could have gone on forever.  Do you have your own business? How do you find ways to balancing work and motherhood? Would you ever consider selling it to someone else?

If you are interested in getting a copy of Julia's Child for yourself, you can order a copy here.

catch you soon -

note - This post is inspired by the novel Julia's Child by Sarah Pinneo. Worried about what her kids eat, Julia Bailey starts a prepared organic toddler meals business. With names like Gentil Lentil, can Julia balance work and family and still save the world? Join From Left to Write on May 24 as we discuss Julia's Child. As a member, I received a copy of the book for review purposes.


  1. Women in general have a tough time finding balance in their lives. There is so much need to please that we often forget about our own basic needs. Throw a kid, a husband, and a business into the mix and forget about it!

    It's tough. Julia is an example that hard work can pay off. Thought I can't help but wonder how much the children suffered.

  2. Thank you, Hillary! I'm so glad you enjoyed the book. All the mompreneurs I interviewed while writing it had plenty of family angst. But I think that moms who opt not to work at all, for the sake of the kids, have other anxieties. None of us can be perfect!

  3. I cant wait to read it based on what you have said.