Working Mama Spotlight on Anne Marie Wilson

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Where are you from: Indianapolis! I grew up on the northeast side of Indy and went to Lawrence Central High School.

Where do you live now: We live in the Traders Point area of Indianapolis, and we love it.

Education: I graduated from Cincinnati Christian University with a degree in Biblical Studies and General Ministry.

Career: I work at Traders Point Christian Church as the content director for our communications team. I’ve been in ministry for over ten years, and was a student pastor for several years before transitioning into church communications. I also write and speak on occasion for various publications and ministries, and blog at annemwilson.com.

Family life: My husband, Kyle, and I have been married for eight years; we met in college and got married shortly after we graduated and moved to Indianapolis. We are parents to our son, Keegan, and our daughter, Eliza, and we have an English bulldog, Abby (who was our first child). Someone is usually missing a shoe and we’re almost never ready for a picture.

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Favorite Indy Eats: We enjoy going to the Traders Point Creamery for a quiet date night or after-dinner milkshakes, and some of our other favorites are Café Patachou, Nada, and Bru Burger.

Favorite family fun spot/activity: We love going Downtown to take walks on the Canal and to Eagle Creek Park.

Favorite "me-time" activity: Time with some of my closest friends. I meet up with a group of girlfriends at Luciana’s once a month to split a pitcher of Sangria and eat all the chips and queso we can inhale, all while laughing about our lives and helping each other stay sane as working moms and wives. It’s monthly therapy.

What are you reading right now? Right now, I’m reading Braving the Wilderness by Brené Brown, Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson, and May We Be Forgiven by A.M. Homes. I’m also a podcast junkie—I regularly listen to Truth’s Table, The Popcast, The Happy Hour with Jamie Ivey, Sorta Awesome, and Risen Motherhood.

Best Mom Moment: This is really a collection of moments, but my favorite season of motherhood was my maternity leave with my youngest this past spring. My son was not yet in Pre-K, so he stayed home with me most days while our daughter was an infant. It was such a sweet time and a good reset for our family.

Career Highlight(s): Honestly, I have to pinch myself to get to do what I do. At 30, I feel like I’m just getting started. From moderating conversations on the Traders Point’s podcast show, creating content that helps people connect to faith, speaking to high school students around the country through CIY Move, leading a small group of women at our Downtown campus, there’s so much about my work that I love. The highlight so far, though, has been helping our church launch new campuses over the last couple of years, which is both exciting and humbling to be a part of.

What you love about being a Hoosier? Growing up in Indianapolis, I didn’t realize how much I loved this city until I moved away from it. I love how friendly our city is, how civic-minded people are, and how we’re a big city that feels more like a small town.

As a child, what did you want to be when you grow up? I wanted to be Oprah. I used to host fake “talk shows” in my room and pretend to be Oprah, interviewing all kinds of people: Jasmine, Belle, my teachers, etc. My mom was a huge fan of hers and watched her show almost every day.

 Where you want to be in 10 years? In ten years, I hope my kids are kind, my marriage is strong, and that I trust God more than I do today. I also hope I’m laughing more. We’ll see about the rest.

My biggest mistake: My mind first goes right to the work mistakes I’ve made—typos, missed deadlines, publishing incorrect data, etc. But honestly, those were more manageable because they could be fixed. The bigger and more painful mistakes I’ve made have involved people—when I’ve not treated people with kindness, when I’ve let my impatience get the best of me, or when I’ve hurt someone with my words.

Career/parenting advice you would like to share with other working mamas: My working mom mantra is this: Some days I’m a thoughtful wife, others I’m an intentional and silly mom, and some I’m a great employee. I’ve never been all three in one day. But grace.

Connect with Anne Marie on Twitter and Instagram at @annemwilson, and talking about books she's reading at  @annewilsonreads

Explore her blog: annemwilson.com

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