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About Boss Mom


Photo credit: Melinda Lamm

Photo credit: Melinda Lamm

The Proust Questionnaire

I’m Portia. By day I’m a marketer. I live in the South East and I’m married to a clinical neuropsychologist (Dr. D.). We have one rambunctious little boy (we call him D2) who keeps us on our toes.

Welcome to Boss Mom! I started this blog when my son was born and have been writing and speaking ever since on motherhood, career management, and what it means to be a modern woman balancing career and family. I write on a variety of issues that are relevant to working*(*inside or outside the home because all moms work, amirite?) moms – career management, where to find good childcare, how to manage your home life, health and fitness to name a few topics.

Occasionally, I’ll write about issues related to current events that are important to me or my readers.

I love getting your emails and tweets so drop me a line if something I write strikes your fancy or  you have an idea for a blog post suggestion. I do occasionally (and very selectively) accept guest or sponsored posts. You can reach me at bossmomonline@gmail.com or find me on Twitter @bossmomonline.

Without further ado…

What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Hanging out at home with my family on a lazy Sunday.

What is your greatest fear? Not living up to my potential.

Which historical figure do you most identify with? Any woman who has defied convention and expectations.

Which living person do you most admire?
Michelle Obama.

What is the trait you most deplore in yourself? Being easily irritated.

What is the trait you most deplore in others? Arrogance.

What is your greatest extravagance? Staying at nice hotels and using all of the fluffy towels.

What is your favorite journey?
To a beautiful secluded beach.

What do you consider the most overrated virtue? Modesty.

On what occasion do you lie?
To avoid hurting someone.

What do you dislike most about your appearance? I wish my stomach was flatter.

Which living person do you most despise?
Life is too short to spend it hating people.

Which words or phrases do you most overuse? “So there you have it.” “That’s just swell.”

What is your greatest regret? Not spending more time with my brother Bart before he was killed.

What or who is the greatest love of your life? My husband David and my son D2.

When and where were you happiest? Giving birth to my son and traveling to Bali and walking along the terraced rice farms.

Which talent would you most like to have? Sing like Ella Fitzgerald.

What is your current state of mind? Content at home, restless everywhere else.

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? Stop swearing so much.

If you could change one thing about your family, what would it be? Live closer together.

What do you consider your greatest achievement? Raising my son, D2 who is turning out to be a pretty awesome kid.

If you were to die and come back as a person or thing, what do you think it would be? Hopefully a more evolved version of myself in another body.

If you could choose what to come back as, what would it be? A world-renown holistic health or fitness guru.

What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery? Doing something to make my family ashamed.

Where would you like to live? Near a beautiful beach with lots of nature.

What is your favorite occupation? Chef or Wellness Guru.

What is your most marked characteristic? Tenacity.

What is the quality you most like in a man? Graciousness.

What is the quality you most like in a woman? Honesty.

What do you most value in your friends? Compassion.

Who are your favorite writers? James Baldwin and Laura Hillenbrand.

Who is your favorite hero of fiction? Jane Eyre.

Who are your heroes in real life? The doctors and nurses of Doctors Without Borders, Malala Yousafzai, #BlackLivesMatter activists.

What are your favorite names? Gideon, Beatrice, Fortune, Jane.

What is it that you most dislike? The current state of American politics.

How would you like to die? Peacefully, at home surrounded by family.

What is your motto? “We CAN do this!”