Over the next few weeks, we will be featuring Develop Camp Cohort 1 participants and their mentors.
Nicole Spoto is a mom of two boys- Sam, age 11 and Ben, age 6.
SAHM & Freelance Tech Editor
What has been the biggest challenge you've faced since becoming a mom?
Taking time for myself - with family and school events, kids homework, after school activities, play dates, sports on the weekends, work and running the household, there just isn't enough time to take for myself. I always feel there are a ton of things to do and not enough time to do it all. I struggle with prioritizing what is important to me bc I feel so guilty taking time for myself.
What has been your proudest accomplishment as a mom?
My proudest accomplishment is having two happy, relatively well-adjusted kids. Being a mom is the greatest achievement of my life. It's amazing watching my boys grow and change and become young men.
What has been your greatest professional accomplishment?
My greatest professional accomplishment was successfully transitioning from a full-time job to my own business. It was small, just two of us, and we only had one client but I was able to replace my full-time income while staying home with my kids. My partner and I eventually dissolved the business, but with the experience I was able to continue doing freelance work in the same field.
I chose to register for Develop Camp because:
I want to finally do something for myself. I've been working in tech editing/content QA for almost 20 years. I fell into this job initially b/c it was easy and I was good at it but stuck with it for so long b/c it fit into my life, or my family's life. I've always wanted to do more, to actually put some of the things that I've read about into practice, but life always got into the way - or at least that's what I always told myself. I'm tired of making excuses and want to start moving forward.
I am most looking forward to the future because:
I'm looking forward to learning a new set of skills and discovering what exciting opportunities are out there that I could be a part of. Being a mom has been my primary focus for so long, I'm excited about a new dimension to my life.
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