For years, I have prided myself on having mastered the art of a work-life balance – dedicating time for my career, husband, friends, dance, working out, and even cooking (I could whip up 2-3 Indian dishes from scratch every night). Until I became a mom of twins and had a newborn a year later, that is.
All of a sudden, my world went through a paradigm shift. With three little ones so close in age, daily hurdles are as unpredictable as the weather and the 24 hours in a day seemed to slip through my fingers. Days blurred into nights and I often felt like a zombie/anxiety-driven shrew who was no longer in control. Mamas, we’ve all been there, right?
Which brings me to why I launched this blog. As a journalist and entrepreneur, I love talking things out, white-boarding, and expressing my thoughts through writing; This space allows me to chronicle my life and share the lessons I am learning along the way. Ever since I was a little girl, I wanted to become a mother, so rather than complaining about the sleep deprivation or feeling bogged down by the challenges that come with every milestone, I am turning my attention to all the positive aspects of motherhood that have changed me for the better. For instance, I can squeeze every ounce of productive time in an hour (e.g. pumping in between client meetings or running to the gym after I drop my twins to preschool). I’ve quickly learned how to cross things off my to-do lists, have realized there’s no shame in asking for help, and have found that prioritizing is key.
To backtrack a bit, I was born in Bombay, India and have lived in DC, Boston, Miami, New York and am now a bonafide Jersey girl. I love storytelling and connecting with people from all walks of life. After earning my masters in broadcast journalism, I worked as a TV anchor for CNN India where I covered the gamut of events from the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks to Slumdog Millionaire at the Oscars and have interviewed celebrities including Sushmita Sen, Ranbir Kapoor, and Priyanka Chopra.
A few years later, I moved to New York where I reconnected with an old friend who became my husband (read about our love story here). We enjoyed our newlywed years living near Times Square where we would stumble upon the best Turkish food in the city in Hell’s Kitchen or watch a Broadway show on a Tuesday night (“Rocky: The Musical” was my favorite). During this time, I launched my company, Kronologie Agency, a digital marketing firm which helps small businesses tell their brand story. While I had sleepless nights managing web development projects and overseeing video edits, I always made time for dance. I joined the Sa Dance Company (led by ClassPass Founder Payal Kadakia Pujji) and have had the privilege of performing at Alvin Ailey and the Museum of Art and Design.
Fast-forward to my life now, which is devoted to my family above all else. There’s certainly a demarcation — before children and after children (BC and AC, if you will), and what I’ve discovered is that though it’s a juggling act, balance is attainable. I am embracing my role as a mom of three/wife/entrepreneur while not losing sight of my own purpose, identity and newfound interests in parenting, organization, lifestyle, pregnancy, and wellness. I hope you find my hacks and advice useful, and if nothing else, know that you have me in your corner cheering you on. You are not in it alone. Some days are easy-peasy and some are hard and trying, but I can honestly say that for the most part, my mind is clear, my heart is full, and all is sane in my house. Come on in!