Angela Jia Kim

Savor Beauty + Spa / Savor the Success - CEO + Founder
New York, NY

    Wait... women can't have it all after all?

    June 28, 2012

    Earlier in the week, I was asked to be a guest expert on WPIX11 to debate that age-old question, "Can women have it all?" The national conversation has been reignited by this Atlantic Magazine article, "Why Women Still Can't Have It All" by Anne-Marie Slaughter, a high-powered career woman and mom. 

    After reading her article, my answer is still a resounding "YES! We CAN have it all!"

    I have a daughter, a husband, and two businesses (and a sweet yellow lab, too!) They fulfill me in different ways, and if I were to pretend that I would be happy being all mommy or all entrepreneur or all wife would be a downright lie. 

    At the end of the segment, I had to interrupt the anchor because I knew time was running out, and I felt I needed to convey an important point. "Having it all", to me, is like having a well-rounded diet of proteins, veggies, fruits, and, let's not forget, dessert.

    If you have too much of one thing, it's not a good thing for your overall wellbeing. If you crave more of something, it means you haven't been having a well-balanced diet in life. It's as simple as being aware and adjusting what you "eat". As an entrepreneur, you do have a choice on how you spend your time. That's the beauty of being your own boss. 

    It takes a village to raise a child, a relationship and a business; a village full of different kinds of people, experiences, and things that can keep us fulfilled, inspired, and, ultimately, happy.

    Maybe you aren't going to be able to have the career that Anne-Marie Slaughter has had of working from morning to midnight for someone else, but as an entrepreneur, we are lucky that way. We can build our own empires, our own rules, and still make a huge difference in this world. 

    What do you think? What does "having it all" mean to you? Do you have it all? 

    Angela Jia Kim is a woman entrepreneur advocate, organic lifestyle guru, doting mom, New York City (not house)wife, and author-in-the-making.

    She uses her organic skincare business, Om Aroma, to empower and inspire other business owners by openly sharing mistakes (the kind most sweep under the rug) and lessons learned (the kind most keep as secrets to get ahead).

    She believes that building business is directly tied to self growth, that it takes a village to raise a business, and that your business is meant to serve the life you want to live. 

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