Meet Catherine! She used to work Commercial Banking but decided to pursue a career with Moms Making Six Figures. Like many of us, Catherine was craving more freedom to travel with her family. Read on to learn more about her incredible story.
Can you give us a little of your background and family life?
I grew up in San Diego, except for the four years I lived in France, starting when I was 18. My mother immigrated to the United States from France when she was 24 years old and later married my Dad who is American, which gave me dual citizenship — American and French. I studied International Business at San Diego State University and I participated in the double diploma program with a French Business school called ESSEC. I ended up receiving a BA in International Business from San Diego State University and an International Business degree from ESSEC. My husband, Sean, and I have two boys Connor (10), Mason (8) and a bichon poodle mix named Rocky.
I was recruited into Commercial Banking because of my sales background, business development skills and financial skills. In this career is where I met Sean, who is also a Commercial Banker. Prior to banking, I was an outside sales rep for a payroll company, and I started my career as a Financial Advisor with Merrill Lynch.
I really love France and I try to go when I can. I was there in 2018 for two weeks and 2016 for 10 days. Before my trip in 2016, it had been nine years since I had traveled to France. My husband and I were married in 2007, went to France and Italy for our honeymoon, and then had kids.
What was it like living in France for those few years? How has that impacted your life?
When I lived and traveled in France and around Europe, it really opened my eyes. The experiences I had were amazing. I grew so much and learned about many different cultures. I think experiencing other cultures allows us to be more open-minded flexible. I gained a lot of confidence from traveling and living in foreign countries and I want the same for my kids. My burning desire is to live in France with Sean and our boys for six months before they go to high school.
Something unique about Sean is that he lived in Okinawa, Japan for three years while in high school because his Dad was a judge in the Marine Corps. (They moved all the time while he was growing up.) Because of his experiences, Sean has the same appreciation for travel and culture that I do. Some places we’ve been to already on our own or with the kids are Mexico, Fiji, Kauai, British Virgin Islands, France, Italy, and Indonesia.
How did you manage a career in commercial banking, traveling and raising a family? What were the sacrifices?
It was difficult having a demanding career in Commercial Banking a raising a family. I constantly felt stressed, overwhelmed and feeling like I was not doing anything great. My career made it tough to travel, as well. Even though I had 3-4 weeks of vacation, I just felt guilty taking more than a week at a time.
I made a lot of sacrifices by working a Corporate job. You are always on someone else’s clock, 100 emails a day, meetings and sometimes not being able to make important events in your personal life. This year, I was not able to go on a family trip to Mammoth with Sean and our boys because of work pressure. I can’t even begin to explain how upsetting it was for the entire family that I couldn’t be there…
What is your life like now that you are working with Moms Making Six Figures?
My life is so much less stressful. My time truly belongs to me. Not only do I have more time to focus on my family, but feel I have a real opportunity to help people with their physical and financial wellness. As I mentioned, my goal is to travel more frequently with the kids and Sean. I love that I can work from anywhere with Moms Making Six Figures. With this career, I can work around my kid’s schedule and still have time to travel with them.
While my banking career had its benefits, working with Moms Making Six Figures is so much more rewarding. I am so happy to be a part of this great team and love that I can help others achieve their dreams while I continue to work on mine.