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Sorry. There is no road map.

Tenagne Girma-Jeffries is Founder/CEO of The Cultivation Group and lives with her husband and children in Newark, NJ. She also serves as Vice President of Promotion for the Women’s Association.

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Lately I have been wondering if there is a way for women to have it all. I look at my circle of friends and asked, “Does anyone really have it all?”

When I started my career nearly a decade ago, I had the road to the corner office mapped out in my head or, at least I thought I did. I started my career at one of the top advertising agencies in New York. I thrived on the high-charged environment and the long hours. There was nothing better than cracking a client, shooting a great ad and spending late nights out and about in Manhattan. My career was going well and two years into my job, I married my longtime boyfriend. A girl was feeling like she had it all.

After getting married, I got an opportunity to join another agency. My new gig was at a great firm working on beauty brands. The job was a great fit and I enjoyed my role. Then, in less than a year, my career trajectory came to a halt because I was pregnant. Yes, I was expecting and it was so unexpected! I will never forget telling my husband that we were going to have our first baby, nor will I forget the reaction of shock from my boss when she heard the news. My head was spinning. But, all worked out, I had my first child and soon after, I had my second. Yes, my life turned into the constant juggling act of family and work.

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Fast-forward to today and my little ones are nine and eight. Over the years, I’ve realized that you can have it all, but only if you are fluid and malleable. I have been able to continue on my career path by being open to new possibilities and directions. I now know that the road map that I had a decade ago was way too narrow and the life I have now is way more fulfilling than a girl could ever have mapped out.

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Tenagne is Founder/CEO of The Cultivation Group and lives with her husband and children in Newark, NJ. She also serves as Vice President of Promotion for the Women’s Association.