Sarah Pinnix, mom of three girls, has been blogging since 2007 at Real Life . In 2008, she founded High Country Mom Squad ,  a northwest NC online magazine for moms. After a few years of private social media marketing consulting, she transitioned to working outside the home, as Social Media Marketing Specialist at international relief organization, Samaritan’s Purse.

 Over the years, how have you learned to balance career and motherhood?

 I think it will always be a learning process for me. Our family is always going through some sort of transition, whether it be changing jobs, starting kindergarten, extra-curricular activities, or myriad other scenarios.  The key has been to keep the communication lines open with my husband, and constantly re-evaluate how we do things, what’s working, and what we need to change. If I look at it as a constantly developing process, I can avoid going out of my mind.

 Is there one particular parenting lesson you’ve learned about raising kids?

 Hmmm… maybe just one. And it is that each child requires a different approach.  Really helpful, right? Learning your child love language (Book: The 5 Love Languages, by Gary Chapman), can help you meet their needs the way they can receive best. I have a story about how using my daughters love language to change the way I brush her hair miraculously made it hurt less.  It’s the little things.

Battling stress? Any advice?

 Lists.  When I’m really stressed, I make a list of everything that’s stressing me.  If I can do something about an item, I plan the action I will take.  If I can’t do anything about it, I accept that fact and move on.  Oh, also… get your hormones checked, and consider medication. (Only half-kidding) 

 Tools or products you can’t live without?

 I admit I’ve only done it for this month, but I am in love with www.OnceaMonthMom.com.  Cooking one day per month, I have enough meals to feed my family before 7 PM every night! She provides the menu, shopping list, recipes, and instructions, and you just have to give over 8-10 hours of your life.  But now, I come home from work knowing that dinner is a “reheat” away. 

 Do you have an inspirational quote, motto or philosophy you can share with us?

 My favorite Scripture is Jeremiah 29: 11-13, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.”

 Favorite resources, books, or website? 

 Since I’ve recently started working outside the home, I’ve found a lot of resources on www.BlueSuitMom.com. My all time favorite resource, though is Twitter. It seems that someone will have a solution for just about every problem I have.

 What have you been up to lately?

I recently vlogged my first time doing Once a Month Cooking on Facebook , and I plan to upload quick videos on my blog to chronicle my going to work at the office. If you have any advice, or you just want to laugh at my inadequacies, come on over!

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Websites and blogs: http://www.reallifeblog.net, http://www.highcountrymomsquad.com