We had the good fortune of connecting with Cindi Knight & Karie Reynolds and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Cindi & Karie, have there been any changes in how you think about work-life balance?
We have both battled with work life balance since the day we met and it’s actually why we initially bonded. At that time, our oldest children were in preschool and we were both pregnant with our second child. We each had our own businesses so we really clicked as we talked about all the challenges we faced, straddling the world of business and family life. Fast forward to 2020 and our first borns are now 20, so we have been through many stages of parenting and changes to our businesses along the way. When the kids were younger, it was definitely more difficult and like so many other moms, we experienced guilt when we were working. As the years passed, our kids became more independent and that has shifted the balance. We both work more full days now but have set boundaries with our office hours and that has made a big difference in being able to really be there for our kids. We both allocate time each week to spend with our families and that goes a long way toward balancing things out.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
Karie and I love working with other women. This is why we started our networking group Connect. Because we’ve been business owners for 20 years now, we can share our expertise, our wins and our failures with those who are just starting out. It’s really satisfying to be able to guide other women business owners, from getting a business launched, to rebranding an existing business, to implementing social media strategies. This definitely hasn’t been an easy journey but it has always been exciting and we feel fortunate to be part of it. We have made mistakes along the way, absolutely. Now we can share those experiences with other women. And they can share their experiences with us, which means we are always learning and evolving. It is really great to celebrate all of our collective successes, as well as to be there for each other when things are not perfect. We want other women to know that they are not alone and that being part of a like-minded community is crucial to good mental health and ultimately, success.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
There is no shortage of things to do in LA! We would start on day one with breakfast at Kitchen Mouse in Highland Park and then venture over to Dotter for some great shopping. Day two we’d visit Leader of the Pack for some classic vintage finds, followed by lunch at Town Pizza. Another day we’d visit Old Town Pasadena where there is no shortage of great shops and restaurants. Lunch at True Foods followed by ice cream at Salt and Straw is a definite must. Another day we would venture across town to Venice to The Museum of Jurassic Technology and lunch at Versailles. There are some great shops in South Pasadena too, so we would spend a day here exploring Hot Box Vintage, Retreat and Marz. We love to wrap up any day in South Pasadena on the patio at Mike and Anne’s for cocktails and dinner. And of course we’d need to spend one day at the beach, a definite must for any visitor to Southern California.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
We get so much support from other women in our lives, especially those in our networking group, Connect. These women are amazing! The women in Connect understand the common challenges we face and it’s a great platform for discussing issues and situations that come up as our families and businesses continue to evolve. We also get encouragement from mentors like Brene Brown and locally based leadership coaches Wendy Luttrell and Amy Kan. And we rely heavily on the love and support from our families who have been so patient with us. All four of our kids are now old enough to work for us in various capacities, which has been really wonderful!