Company: Code Blue Computing
Professional Industry: I.T. Services
Job Title: President
WIXII-ISM™ FROM JERI MORGAN:
“Bill and I decided to build our business while still working our corporate jobs. We love the business, but managing the business, two full-time jobs, and two toddlers is just a tad bit of craziness at times.”
Meet our featured Wixii™, Jeri Morgan. She is in her early 40s and mother to 2 year-old twins (one son, one daughter). She attended UNC-Greeley for two years. She is currently President of an I.T. services business, Code Blue Computing, which she started with her husband.
JERI’S CAREER PATH:
I have worked in various roles in the sunglass industry for different companies for the past 20 years. My husband, Bill, has a long history in I.T. In 2010, we decided to start our own company: an I.T. Services company by the name of Code Blue Computing. My husband handles the technical aspect of the business, and I handle the marketing, accounting, sales, etc. Bill and I decided to build our business while still working our corporate jobs. We love the business, but managing the business, two full-time jobs, and two toddlers is just a tad bit of craziness at times.
JERI’S MINDSET AND WORK-LIFE MIX:
Life is totally nuts right now, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. To go from thinking babies weren’t an option to having twins is absolutely the greatest gift in our life. Growing a business that one-day will enable us to have the work-life choices we want and to be able to live the life we want is amazing. I am an overachiever who always takes on way, way too much but I can see the end of the road, and I am so optimistic of what life will hold for our business and for our family.
Describe a “day in your life” from waketime to bedtime:
This is an area that we are definitely always tweaking. I usually get up between 4:30 and 5:00am to get some quiet time to myself and do what needs to be done for the business. The babies are up by 6:30am, and I head off to my full-time job by 6:45am while Bill gets them ready and takes them to my parents’ house. We are so blessed that the babies can go to my Mom’s house while we work. I usually pick them up around 4:30pm. I make the babies’ dinner the night before so that they can eat as soon as we get home, and we can have our playtime together until 6:30pm. We then start winding down for their bedtime. The babies lay down anywhere between 7:00 and 7:30pm. After they go to sleep, I am able to straighten up the house, do laundry, and cook dinner for Bill and me. The rest of the evening goes between Bill and I catching up and having our time together and getting back to work on the family business. I am in by 11:00, asleep by 11:02pm!
How does your current mindset/attitude empower and/or frustrate your ability to thrive in your work-life mix? How has your mindset/attitude toward life changed over time?
I have always been a get it all done kind of person. As we have gone through the last few years there has definitely been a shift. I have gotten much better at prioritizing what actually has to be done and what can wait. My husband and I both work outside the home. So, sometimes the dishes have to wait and sometimes the laundry will not get done. Now, the priority is our time with those babies, so if the house isn’t perfect; you know what, that’s okay.
Please share specific tips for effectively managing your time and schedule.
Things were felt a bit out of control when we first brought the babies home. Scheduling everything for our family on Google calendar has helped tremendously. Babies’ appointments, business scheduling, and personal time all get booked on that calendar. This is the only way that I have found to have some degree of order and most importantly get the time for myself where I feel like I am able to recharge.
If you could change one thing about your work-life mix, what would it be?
I worry that the amount of time that I am able to spend with the babies just isn’t enough. I do know that most women whether they work inside or outside the home struggle though. If you are home, you wonder if time away would be beneficial; if you are outside, you wonder what it would be like to be home. I am really trying my best to be thankful for exactly where I am in my life right now and not try to worry about the what ifs.
What advice would you give an earlier version of yourself?
If I could tell the earlier version of myself anything, it would be to chill out! I was so set on getting things done perfectly; my stress level was through the roof. I would tell myself to slow down, have fun, and not take it all so seriously.