You guys. I am really excited about kicking off this series highlighting amazing women I'm privileged to call family and friends...because it all starts with my little sister!
I'll let you in on a little secret- I haven't always been the best big sister. I'm very independent and an over-achiever, but that has often meant leaving home to tackle my next big adventure. (True story, I lived on my own my senior year of high school because I didn't want to move to a different state with my family and miss out on all those amazing class superlatives you get. Okay I'm half joking about the class superlatives but you get my point. You can start feeling sorry for my parents now.)
But you know who has been the best sister? My little sister. She has always put our relationship first and been one of my biggest cheerleaders. Even though I'm still 1,000 miles from home, she is there for me no matter how bad I am about returning phone calls. From her, I've learned the importance of putting family first and never giving up on others that we love. Oh, and she's an amazing mom who knows all the things about the Googles and kicks butt at her job, while simultaneously baking treats for all the kiddos at her daughter's school. (Tell us your secrets!)
Name: Nicole Criscione
Background/Occupation: 11 years at my job in marketing. Six years working on the Advertising Team - currently as an Associate Campaign Manager.
What's your favorite thing about what you do? The pace. The online spectrum changes quite frequently so you’re always learning something new and have different work. I love my routine tasks, but it’s tough to get bored when things keep you on your toes. And the people. I work with some really awesome and intelligent people which helps - I’m in awe of how smart they are and probably don’t even know.
Why does being a mom make you better at your job? Efficiency. Seriously. What did I do with my time before being a mom?! It forces you to make a list. And Get. Stuff. Done. Because you have to. I also think I have a natural “mom gene” about me that makes me approachable at work. If you need a Kleenex or a piece of chocolate, I’m your girl. (Editors Note: I told you she loves others so well.)
What's your favorite thing about being a mom? Everything!!! (Too cliche?!) To start - the belly giggles. Watching them sleep (and snore.) The ways they love you that make you just want to burst into happy tears all day long. The hugs and “I love yous” and the funny things kids say all day long. The way you didn't even really know what love was until you held them in your arms.
I've never really loved doing anything as much I enjoy being a mom. One of my favorite things is chats with my girls. I love just chatting with T (and her hilarious responses.) Last night she said she couldn't sleep so I told her to tell me about her day. Her proudest moment was literally that she didn't pee her pants all day. Ha! The fact that they see things in such a positive manner, I really wish I could be more proud of my little daily accomplishments like that. (Editors Note: My niece is hilarious and how amazing is it that kids really grasp the whole concept of seeing beauty in the mundane?)
If you could solve any problem in the world, what would it be? I’d like to say evil, but I don't have the answer for how to tackle the evil in this world. To start, helping the people who need to flee that evil.... (Editors Note: PREACH!)
But for everyone, the struggle. The fact that anybody has to struggle and the stress that comes with it. I know it’s not very deep, but why should anybody have to worry about simple basic needs such as buying food? Or paying the bills? Or affording to live in a safe neighborhood? People should be able to make enough if they go to work every day to at least not struggle. But yet we are all struggling. We have so much “stuff” available but it just seems to be making us miserable and stressed out. (Editor's Note: And she claims this wasn't deep. Please. I was profoundly moved by this paragraph because we are all so quick to write off our unique struggles and challenges. But they are real and deserve our attention and awareness.)
What are your hopes and dreams for your girls? We want them to be happy and kind people. We want to provide them the opportunity to really figure out what it is that they enjoy doing and find a way to go do it. A quote their father had framed for them is, “Find something that you love and do it every day. Do that for the rest of your life and eventually, the world will change." (Editor's Note: Wow. Now that is what I call amazing parenting.)
What's your favorite thing to bake? Cupcakes. Rice krispy treats. Smores bars. Cookies. Anything sweet and sugary really. I love baking. Cooking…not so much.