Over the Mother’s Day weekend, between brunch cocktails and last minute trips to the post office, L.A. lady bloggers from the valley to the beach descended on Create & Cultivate‘s Los Angeles conference for panels, shopping, mentor sessions and a mingle amongst Snapchat-worthy snacks – Pressed Juicery juices and Alfred Coffee included.

Our May Guest Editor, Rachel Zoe was a keynote speaker along with former Guest Editor, Jessica Alba (watch this sweet video!), it-girl jeweler Jennifer Meyer and Netflix queen, Chelsea Handler. Rachel had a few choice words to share with the gathering of women on being boss, being mom and balancing both roles well…

“Before I had children, I felt I was so imbalanced. I was so obsessed with my career that I couldn’t see anything else. I missed every birthday. I missed every holiday. I missed anything that mattered outside of work. And then weirdly when I had my first son, I feel like all of a sudden I became better at my job. I was more able to focus… prioritize… look at really important things in a different way, and handle them in a much more sane way.”

We love Zoe’s refreshing take on adding a baby into the mix as a woman with a thriving career. So often we’re told that having kids will existentially splinter your ability to focus on and highly achieve at work. The idea that the competing priority of a young child only sharpened Zoe’s focus is a fresh, positive and empowering message we think more women (and men!) need to hear.

What do think? As a new mom, old mom, or mom-to-be, can you relate? Or are you hoping to learn more from mom-bosses who do? We want to hear from you…

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  1. Priorities become very clear when you become a Mom. I know mine did,my husband always said don’t sweat the small stuff. I love my two sons. When I worked they were my top priority. Now they are out on there own living there lives. I hope they realize what there priorities are. I know I tried to instill in them what matters most. When they come back home to visit they always talk about the fun they had growing up. They take out all the old photos and look at them and laugh at all the great times they had. I loved taking there pictures. Photography classes came in handy after they were born.

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