Brooke Murdock - Find your own pace- The Purposeful Pivot

Brooke is a long time friend who has pivoted from the East Coast to the West. She lives in San Diego with her husband, two daughters and puppy. Brooke’s career has shifted a few times and we often talk about the balance of having two young kids and working full time. She navigates school, daycare, clients buying and selling houses and a commute! She’s the friend I go to for the real conversation about life and balance, and how some months there just isn’t any.

Brooke works for the Jonville Real Estate Group and can be seen helping other with beauty tips on her FB group Young and Grand.

What is one piece of advice a mentor (or a motto you live by) told you that's stuck with you?

“When you feel you’re worse, look your best”.  My mom told me this many times through my life and it’s really helped me cope with the tough days in my career. It gave me purpose and strength to take charge and face obstacles when I would rather curl up on the sofa in my pjs! 

Name a time that you pivoted in your career?

After 13 years at Ralph Lauren, I started my family which felt like the right time to make a career change.  I went from working with long time friends and colleagues and a company I knew so well to the complete unknown of real estate which felt really scary but also exciting to learn a new path.

How did it change your life and where you are today at work and home?

The change has allowed for more flexibility in my schedule which is not something I had before. I probably work more hours a week now but it does allow me to move my schedule around for my family needs.   I still struggle with the balance and some weeks are better than others but at the end of the day, I’m happy to leave a sink full of dishes so I can color with my girls after dinner!  Somethings gotta give almost every day and I’m ok with that. 

+ What advice can you offer the next generation of working moms?

Keep perspective and find your own pace. There is zero point to comparing yourself or your kids to anyone else. Your family is special because it’s yours - not some version of what you think it should be. Your role as a working mom is really important and it’s hard. Some days you got this and others you won’t. Your kids really don’t care and so just keep perspective and find your own pace that works for you and your family. 

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