Before giving birth to PINK Magazine, Cynthia Good launched Atlanta Woman, named 2004's "best magazine of the year" by the Magazine Association of the Southeast. Cynthia has written six books, and anchored and reported thousands of TV newscasts for stations across the country, with more than 20 years in the field of journalism. She is also the mother of two boys rapidly approaching their teenage years.
We at Mommy Tracked are big fans of PINK Magazine, a fairly new publication dedicated to professional women like us.
Do you work exclusively in an office, exclusively from home or some combination? What are the pros and cons of your schedule?
Since I'm the owner of my business, I do have control over my schedule. I can pick the kids up from school occasionally and always go to important school events. I can even slip away for a dance class or field trip here and there. Sometimes I get the most work done at the coffee shop around the corner from the office. I read stories over the weekend and write on airplanes. But I am at the office a lot to work with my team and deal with deadlines, design issues, etc. I am careful to make time just for my family by saying no to evening events and speaking engagements when I have to.
What are the best and worst parts of your job?
The very best part of my job by far is telling the stories of amazing women and getting letters from women who say that they read something in PINK that inspired them to follow a dream or to take action to become more successful, financially independent or happier. The hardest part of the job is making sure that every comma is in the right place and that every single thing in the magazine is accurate.
Of your female friends with children, what percentage work outside the home?
Most of my friends work outside the home. I seem to have more in common with them. But a lot of them do work from home and on their own terms, either freelancing or on a project basis.
If you have a spouse or partner, does he or she work?
My husband works. Actually, we bought a building and share the space. It's a fabulous old brick building in the shape of a triangle, in the warehouse district of mid-town Atlanta. My husband helps out tons but this is not by chance. I am a firm believer in asking for what you want. If you don't ask for your husband to cook breakfast for the kids (and ooh and ahh over the meal when he's done) you can't complain that he's not helping.
How does the question of who earns more in your house effect the domestic workload division, if at all?
It doesn't. We each give 100% and demand 100% in return.
How do you divide up the domestic workload?