We had the good fortune of connecting with Jordan Moreno and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jordan, how has your work-life balance changed over time?
The biggest contributing factor to “finding” my work life balance was the birth of my son. Along with everything else, having a child changes the way you prioritize time and it really forced me to be both mentally and physically present in my work when I am working and mentally and physically present in my home life when I am with my husband and son. I think the idea of having balance should come from a number of contributing layers– and the best part is that each morning we have an opportunity to strive for balance even if we missed the mark yesterday. The most critical piece of balance, which we moms often times bulldoze over, is doing something for yourself and by yourself to fill your soul. At the very least once a week. I won’t say that I have it all figured out. There are days that I feel like I have a great handle on my work and home life, and others where the laundry is piled up, dishes in the sink, chicken nuggets for dinner and I am on my laptop late into the night. As long as the people around me feel encouraged and uplifted by me at the end of the day, I’ve done by job.
What should our readers know about your business?
As VP of Marketing & Development for local nonprofit Homeward Bound I love that every day is different. We have the great pleasure of serving homeless families and creating pathways out of poverty. We focus on the family unit as the foundation for success and tailor our approach to addressing the root causes of homelessness. One day I could be interviewing a family to craft the story for our donors, the next I could be playing with the kiddos at recess taking pictures for social media, the next I am coming up with engaging promotions for corporate partners and planning events. I am so proud to be where I am today. As a child, I was set on being a news anchor. I started my career in radio and quickly realized I wanted to make a greater impact on my community through story-telling and inspiring others. The road to success is never an easy one. It is usually the road less traveled and requires many sacrifices and I believe anyone who says it is easy is bluffing. Challenges are part of the journey! I think it is important to remember never to compare your journey to someone else’s journey. How far have you come in a year? In 5 years? That’s the person to compare to!
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Hmmm there are so many great places in Phoenix that first of all I am happy this hypothetical friend carved out a whole week to see some of the city 😉 Spring time in Phoenix is absolutely beautiful, so we would start with a sunrise hike. Living in North Scottsdale, Tom’s Thumb is one of my favorites. I also love to explore the open desert so we will take a side-by-side ride at some point and continue to explore hidden gems on the outskirts of town. Every meal would be an opportunity for great patio dining. Some of my favorites are North or Zinburger at Scottsdale Quarter. Happy hour is also a must! Isabella’s Kitchen at Greyhawk has some unbelievable views. Steak 44 is hands down my favorite restaurant. Everything from vibes to generous wine pours to fantastic food. Speaking of wine! I think Arizona has some great local wineries and I’d make sure to take a day trip to Sedona or Southern Arizona to do a little local wine tasting. We usually have some great concerts and sporting events that I love to attend and even just walking around downtown Phoenix. Our city has SO much to offer!
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I am a big believer in team work and that no one person can achieve greatness alone. I am fortunate to have a great team of supporters around me and I hope to be a shining light for others each day. My husband is my biggest champion and encourages me to test my own limits, and calls me out when I am not believing in myself 😉 I also have to give my appreciation to other women in business who took a chance on me and have mentored in more ways than one. In my personal story, I have to give credit to the working moms of Homeward Bound. These women have picked themselves up by the bootstraps, pulled themselves out of homelessness and have dedicated their time and energy to providing a better life for their children. Their grit, tenacity and enthusiasm is contagious! Some of these young moms are wise beyond their years and I enjoy just listening to their stories.
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