- I’m having a hard time balancing my career with being a mother. I wonder whom I should look to for guidance.
- Oh! I know — Gwyneth Paltrow.
- After all, she and I have a ton in common: she’s an Oscar winning actress who is married to a rockstar, and I’m a delusional asshole!
- She probably also has access to other people whose experience is also totally applicable to my own, like say, the fashion designer daughter of a former Beatle and a venture capitalist from Silicon Valley who spreadsheets in face time with Bono over steel cut oatmeal.
- A tip I got from the venture capitalist was to befriend people like Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook, and Olivia Chantecaille, of the Chantecaille cosmetics line Chantecailles.
- Not only do friends like this allow you to name drop, they also are really good for putting to work when you want to have a makeup lesson for your other equally impressive friends, or if you need to provide tips in a newsletter for your other good friend, Gwyneth Paltrow.
- Because it’s important to multitask all the time when you’re a career woman and a mother. Everything must do double duty. If you’re representing a client, then you should buy all of your gifts from them. If you’re buying your gifts from a place, then you should make them a place, make your venture capital firm bring them on as a client! I learned that from Juliet de Baubigny! It’s just one of the ways she has made her life totally amazing.
- Another tip I got from the venture capitalist was to keep “transparent plastic tubs” full of tens of thousands of dollars worth of generic gifts for people that might come up during the year including things like Carolina Bucci Bracelets, Starbucks cards, and iPod Nanos. This is a really expensive way of letting someone know they are not special enough to warrant a personalized gift from you!
- I knew Gwynnie would be the right person to ask: for example, she taught me that after you put the kids down, it’s totally OK to just leave them in the house unattended for a girl’s night out.
- I know that’s what she meant, too, because absolutely no mention was made of third party help with the kids — no nannies or housekeepers whatsoever — in fact, not even her husband was mentioned!
- You won’t be tired for work the next day if you go out for a girl’s night out, either, after leaving your kids alone in the London manse, *provided they are asleep before you leave,* the uniforms for Eton have all been laid out, and the cupcakes for the bake sale have all been prepared.
- To do: get a monger.
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