1 week ago
A New Year. A Big, Life-Changing Decision.
Even though I’ve had a few weeks to process this news, it feels so fresh. Sharing it here makes it that much more real.
In 2012, I cofounded The Everygirl. I was in my late 20s, single, had zero connections, and wanted to help other women feel inspired. I spent $3000 (a good chunk of my savings at the time) to pay for half the cost of our first website. So much of that time is a blur but we poured ourselves into building a business from scratch. I was lucky enough to continue to do what I loved for almost a decade. Our company and team grew to over a dozen amazing women, many talented interns and contributing writers. Two websites, a furniture collaboration, online courses, conferences, and a foundation and most recently, The Everygirl x Day Designer for Target!
As amazing as it all was and still is, I have made the decision to step down from The Everygirl Media Group.
So what does that mean?
While I’m stepping down from my day-to-day responsibilities, I will still be involved in the future of the company as an owner. This means I’ll continue to work with Alaina on growing the company, which makes my decision a little easier. Being behind something that has inspired millions of women and getting to be a part of a team of smart, talented, funny, hard-working women has been a gift.
Why am I stepping down?
If you’ve been following me the last few months, you may not be surprised by this news. My daughter was diagnosed with Leukemia right before her second birthday, so I took a medical leave to get her through treatment. Six weeks after diagnosis, I had our second daughter Kate, and my three month maternity leave began. I planned to return to work in the fall but treatment is consuming, and the end of maternity leave happened to line up with the start of the most aggressive two month block of treatment. Childcare was not a safe option for my immunocompromised toddler and even if it had been, she needed me. I made the decision to return full-time in early 2021.
We got closer and closer to January and knew we still had a long road ahead. We couldn’t have childcare for months due to a pandemic, so I started to weigh my options. I thought about what would work in 2021 and about what I wanted long-term, too. I still want to work, but no longer want someone else to spend 40+ hours a week with my girls. Due to how busy things are at The Everygirl and The Everymom, it’s not really possible for me to do my job part-time. I talked to my husband, close friends, and cofounder to figure out what was best for me, for my family, and the team. In the end, I made the difficult decision to leave the day-to-day operations. It is a privilege to be able to make this decision, and one that I do not take for granted.
We’re still piecing things together and don’t have a plan since we won’t look for help until it feels safe, but in a perfect world, I’ll have help and be able to work with flexibility. I’m one of the cofounders of Anecdote but wasn’t able to be involved since I had another company to run and then treatment, so it’s something I’m be excited to be a part of when I am able. Both Anecdote and my blog would offer a lot of flexibility and neither would be full-time, which would mean more time with my girls.
We’ve been robbed of so much with this pandemic and treatment, and I want to make the most of the next few years while my girls are little. The time at clinic, hospital stays, time away from Kate, isolation, etc. This is what’s best for my family, and I think (and hope) it’s what’s best for me, too. I’ll never regret more time with my girls, and I know it will be a big change since I never imagined not going back to what I’ve been doing for almost a decade – to what I love. Even though it looks different, I’m grateful I can still be a part of the team in my own way. Once an Everygirl, always an Everygirl.
Thank you to our team, readers, and partners for helping grow The Everygirl Media Group. And to my family, friends, and all of you for your support and understanding as I navigate this next chapter.