Stephanie Clark has a busy work life as director of Marketing & Business Development at Williamson Medical Center.
And she has a busy home life as a mother and wife.
We asked her how she manages to keep everything in balance:
1. What convenience services do you utilize that all you more time with your family or more alone time? (i.e. Blue Apron, ClickList)
Honestly, I don’t use a convenience service. I still pick up my own groceries and use a pen and pad to make my lists. I know that’s very boring and completely
behind the times, but I (most of the time) enjoy going to the grocery store and
picking out my favorites. My Publix store does a good job of inspiring me to try
new things by offering easy meals with the recipe card.
2. Do you follow any blogs or writers that give great advice? Great book that has helped?
I tend to rely heavily on personal mom friends who currently have similar age
ranged kids or moms who are much older and wiser than me. I love to have the
1:1 dialogue as I normally have a million follow up questions that accompany the
initial question. I do love to read the monthly newsletter from my pediatrician
office as I feel it gives me perspective on seasonal issues or common questions
asked in that month.
3. What do you do when you can’t or just don’t want to cook?
a. Chinese takeout! Cale and Charlotte know it’s been a long, tough day when I
come home with boxes of chicken and rice. As long as I have plenty of egg rolls
to go around – everyone in the Clark house is happy.
4. Do you have any tips for providing a balanced diet for your children?
Variety and dressing up fruits and veggies on a plate to appear more fun.
I offer Charlotte a variety of different fruits, veggies, carbs and protein so
her favorites don’t just consist of mac and cheese and chicken tenders. I
serve her what Cale and I are eating so we can help set the example.
Right now, she very much wants to be like mommy – if I’m eating salad
and broccoli, it confirms to her that those foods are good and it will help
her be more like mommy – it’s a win for us both.
I will arrange fruits and veggies on her plate in fun character shapes. For
example, her morning breakfast might consist of a pancake and fruit. I
will arrange the fruit on the pancake to look like a face. I would prefer her
to eat the fruit first than go straight to the pancake – with this method,
the fruit is eaten first every time.
5. What do you do to take care of your own well-being and fitness?
Fortunately, I’m a morning person and prefer to get my sweat on in the a.m.
Getting my workout in before I get ready for the day helps to ensure I do it plus
it gives me the energy to be the best and most productive version of me that I
can be throughout the day. Currently, I’m a CycleBar junkie. I’m 35 weeks
pregnant and rocking it on the bike most mornings. It’s a great way to burn
calories, relieve the pressure off my legs and listen to some really great music at 5:30 in the morning. I feel amazing after just 45 minutes and have found that I do like cardio activities other than running – says the former running junkie.
6. When you get a night out, what do you like to do?
Anything with live music. I am inspired by all genres so anything that involves
good music, is a fun night for me. I’ll warn you though, I’ve been known to belt
out the lyrics to my favorites so if you catch me about town, don’t be surprised.
7. What surprised you most about how your life changed when you had children?
Wow! That’s a tough one. There are so many things that change when you have
children. You have to adjust every aspect of your life – when you go to bed,
when you wake up, when and where you eat, when you exercise, when you talk
to your spouse, who your friends become, how your money is spent, etc.
There is nothing more rewarding yet challenging about having kids. You find out
how truly strong and amazing you really are and you have a different perspective
on life and priorities.
8. What is your favorite family activity?
We love going to the pool. Our neighborhood has a really great pool and deck
that everyone can enjoy. I enjoy sitting on a float or chair reading a book or
magazine while Cale and Charlotte expend tons of energy jumping off the side or
searching for dive toys. We can all do something we enjoy and still be together.