Name: Stacey Thompson Taylor
Occupation: Director of Key Accounts, Alabama Media Group
You are open about taking care of yourself is the number one priority for being a parent, especially since you’re a single parent. What would you like to tell parents out there who think their job is to only take care of their children?
It is natural to feel like taking care of your children should be your priority, and it is a priority. However, if you are neglecting your health—physical, mental and emotional—you risk the chance of not being able to provide for your children in those ways. We are setting an example for our children, and even at a very young age, actions can speak louder than words to children.
During the past year you’ve been on a roller coaster, what keeps you grounded?
Daily routines with my son keep me grounded. For example, every day I ask Hollis, “What made you happy today?” when I pick him up from school. Usually it is something simple like a popsicle or sticker he earned at EDP that made him happy, occasionally it is something I did. Also, dinners with my grandfather, Buddy, who is 91 and quite a character, remind me that life is a marathon, not a sprint.
Being optimistic is not always easy. How do you approach those moments when life hands you lemons?
I’m naturally a glass half full thinker. Of course I have my moments. When I first heard the news that I had cancer, the first thing I said to my doctor was, “Pardon me while I have the ‘why me’s’ for a moment,” but I know that getting lost in the obstacle is no way to overcome it. I’ve always been a firm believer that the greatest opportunities are the result of the most challenging times. So, I approach challenging times by looking for the lessons that I can potentially learn and share with others. Counting my blessings, I’m cancer-free…
What’s your life motto?
God will never give you more than you can handle.
What’s your guilty pleasure in life?
What’s your idea of a perfect day?
Under an umbrella on a Caribbean beach.
What’s your your definition of happiness?
Being content with what you have, and making others feel good
As a successful businesswoman, do you find it hard to be labeled as a single mom?
I don’t let labels define me and hope that younger women, moms or not, single or married, who have a career can feel the support and respect I have felt throughout my career. I have been blessed to have amazing female leadership as role models.
What are some helpful work, life, balance tips for other (single) moms out there?
Plan ahead, over-pack the diaper back with extra clothes, have back-ups in case your child care falls through. Work when you are at work, parent when your child is present. Always have a bottle of wine on hand and never run out of coffee.
When you meet a person what are three things you want them to remember about you?
That I’m genuine, that I extend respect before it is earned, and that I expect the same of them.
If you could have dinner with one person, who would it be?
I recently had the fortune to meet Lilly Ledbetter and would love to spend more time with her.
This time of year is about joy. How are you celebrating those joyful moments this year?
I’ll be counting my blessings, celebrating by spending time with family and friends and finding ways Hollis and I can bring holiday joy to the less fortunate: sponsoring a child on the Angel Tree, and donating to First Light’s Holiday Lights.