In addition to being tasked with raising a human and running a household, I’ve recently taken on working full time outside my home.I’ve worked in the magazine industry for over 15 years…. bouncing in and out of several lifestyle publications such as Real Simple, Women’s Health, Latina, Lucky, Redbook and Suede. I gave up on trying to balance the job, single motherhood and life when my daughter was 8 months. I quit my full time job at Latina Magazine and started a freelance position as an Associate Art Director at Lucky Magazine. I took a lowerHow do you balance life as a full time working single parent?This is the most common question I get on panels, podcasts and interviews.For the most partI don’t.1. I give myself a breakI’m not too hard on myself. I used to operate with a ton of mom guilt. My to-do lists were pages long and if I wasn’t able to check off each task, I’d feel like I’d failed.At this point I do what my energy allows.2. Mommy and Me TimeMy daughter gets my full attention from3. Clear BoundariesI set clear boundaries at work and at home. I’m responsible for after school pick up at 6pm. That means that by 5:15 I need to be heading towards the elevator bank, to hop the train by 5:25, before my 10 minute walk to school. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had to cut off a conversation, leave a meeting to hit this daily deadline. I never feel guilty for having to go. I have to be incredibly focused and efficient at work.For the past 3 years

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Nia Lawrence has over 10 years of experience working as an Art Director at some of the top magazinesin New York City. She was responsible for creating visual content for companies such as Real Simple, Latina, Redbook, Women's Health, Martha Stewart Living, Suede and Victoria's Secret.. ​ Brooklyn, NY is home to the mom of one who currently runs the Nia Lawrence Design Studio, a print and digital marketing company.

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