By day, Christine Carter is a passionate global marketing strategist with 10 years of progressive experience driving results for innovative, category leading companies. By night, she is a mom to two members of Generation Alpha. This Maryland based mom has become a voice for millennial moms (and uniquely, young black female professionals and mothers) and labeled a thought leader for marketing to millennial consumers. She has been featured in and guest contributed to several global digital publications, including TIME, Health, Ebony, Black Bride, Retail Customer Experience, Inc., Women’s Health and many others. Christine shares with Beyond Mom why she doesn’t plan for the future and how being balanced doesn’t have to look or be a certain way.
What makes you a Beyond Mom?
I’m a Beyond Mom because I’m continuing to not only shape myself into a better professional, but other mothers as well. My articles for Forbes, TIME and CNN are all intended to be thought-provoking or inspiring pieces for the diverse women of the world juggling a career and family.
What are the parts of you that have grown and expanded since becoming a Mom?
My perspective on being kind to other women has been the part of me which has grown and expanded the most since becoming a mom. I used to think being kind was just the right thing to do. But as I grew to learn the influence women (specifically mothers) have on their children and within their community, I realized it’s important to be kind because it just may be the only positive moment in their day. And also, in being kind to these women, it encourages them to be kind to their children. Who knows? Someday, my kids may have to interact with theirs-so I’d prefer for the sake of my babies that their kids be upbeat, positive people!
Can you share a collaboration/success story with another woman; what helped the collaboration become successful?
I think of the collaboration I’ve had over the years with a friend and respected realtor named Tina Beliveau. We met on Twitter and I quickly hired her to sell my first house. Since then she’s bought and sold a number of houses for my family and friends, but what I’ve appreciated over the years is our ability to brainstorm ideas off one another. We’re inspired by each other’s success and try to think of innovative, attention-grabbing ways to disrupt our careers. It’s great to have a woman like that by your side- yes, buying and selling my homes has been a success we’ve had together but because of our friendship we’ve seen independent career success as well.
What relationships help you stay connected to yourself?
I stay connected to myself because of the relationships I have with family and friends. Most of my friends have known me since I was a teenager and aren’t afraid to remind me of embarrassing moments. But I’m not ashamed of their reminders- they actually connect me with the funny, inappropriately childish side of myself that sometimes us women think we have to put on a shelf.
Do you have a ‘Beyond’ dream that you are pursuing?
I used to have vision boards, goals, etc. but I’ve learned to not plan for the future, because all I’m doing is making God laugh. I simply hope for my children’s health and happiness, and leave the rest in God’s hands.
What wellness activity can you not live without? What is one thing you do daily that balances you?
I can’t live without going to the gym and running. Runner’s high is real. I feel so inspired and awake after a good run on the treadmill. Something I do daily which balances me is indulge in what others may consider trash TV. I had a colleague once say she watches Keeping Up With The Kardashians whenever she wants to look at beautiful people. I do the exact same thing; it wasn’t created to question human existence. It’s mindless TV. And sometimes, that’s exactly what you need to feel balanced.
How does style influence the way you stay feeling ‘Beyond’? Who is currently your favorite designer?
Having a polished, timeless appearance tailed for you is important to me. That’s how style influences the way I stay feeling beyond. My daughter asks me why I always wear dresses, but that’s my thing. I love the clean, tailored lines of dresses from Calvin Klein or Elie Tahari. Does my budget? No… but I digress.
Favorite Local Spots in Maryland that Embody The Beyond Mom:
Beyond Cocktails and/or Food:
Fried Sesame Tofu, Mushroom Florentine Pasta, Vegan Fried Chicken. I’m clearly a vegetarian.
Squats, Lunges, and Planks. It’s all about the bottom half.
Amazon. Any other answer given by a mom is a pure lie.