Iwould never have imagined in 2004 when I started my career as a young, single 24- year-old, that I would be sitting here 13 years later with a beautiful home in Kailua, Hawaii, an amaz- ing husband, one smart and a bit sassy four-year-old girl, and
8. 5 months pregnant with a little boy on the way. I never actually
dreamed of having a family. I always pictured myself as the boss,
Katharine Parker (Sigourney Weaver), in the movie, “Working
Girl.”. I would have a nice condo in the sky with a corner office
and the view of the city. Maybe I never dreamt of a family because
subconsciously I knew how hard it would be to become a working
mother. I am not saying this transition from career-focused to fam-ily/career-focused is difficult for everyone; I am saying it wasn’t easy
and is still a daily challenge for me.
I look forward to sharing these challenges; the growth; the
regression; and the good, the bad, and the ugly with women in
this business. Along this journey, my hopes are that we can grow
together, realize we are not alone, and that the battle for work-life
presence is real. For those of you who have mastered it, congratula-
tions! I am not you, but I do aspire to feel less guilt and pressure and
more satisfaction and joy.
What is your experience as a
How do you balance work and family? How did you handle the
transition from career to career and family? Share your stories at face-
WHAT'S YOUR STORY?
By Jessica Rocho Nagatani
Jessica Rocho Nagatani is the Chief Production Officer for Honolulu Home Loans
and a mother of two. Jessica can be
reached at email@example.com.