Working Mama Spotlight on Tonisha Jarrett

Where are you from:  I was born in Hawaii and moved to Indiana when I was five years old.  I have lived in Indiana since.

Where do you live now:  Center Grove

Education:  I completed my undergraduate degree at Indiana University in Bloomington, IN.  After taking a few years off, I began and graduated law school from Robert H. McKinney School of Law downtown Indianapolis.

Career:  I am an attorney running my own law firm, Jarrett Law Office and have been practicing for 3.5 years. I handle all types of law but focus heavily on adoptions, family law and juvenile defense. 

Family life:  I am married to my husband Craig and have three kids.  My oldest son is in 6th grade, my middle son is in kindergarten, and I have a 9 month old baby girl!

Favorite Indy Eats:  We love Harry and Izzys and I actually served there for about five years throughout and after law school. 

Favorite family fun spot/activity:  My children are spaced out in age so finding one family spot that they all enjoy is difficult.  Any type of arcade like area is always a hit. 

Favorite "me-time" activity:  Drinking a glass of wine and reading a book!

What are you reading right now?  Case law..boring!

Best Mom Moment: Oh I fail daily as a mom.  Today I forgot to pack one child's lunch and my oldest son wore a girl shirt to his choir concert because who knows where his shirt was!

Career Highlight(s):  I started law school as a single mother and finished with two kids.  I love practicing law and my "career" highlights would be all the adoptions I have been able to be apart of and see the excitement of the new parents and the children knowing that they have finally found a family!

What you love about being a Hoosier?  Hoosier basketball, that we can find a good park and just simply play outside!

As a child, what did you want to be when you grow up?  A pediatrician.  Then I realized I couldn't see blood!

Where you want to be in 10 years?  Successful in my career and still balancing motherhood. 

Career/Parenting advice you would like to share with other working mamas:  It is hard! I mess up everyday. I stress over every small detail every single day.  I currently take my work bag and a breast pump to court daily. It is almost comical! I'm sure I'm not alone and as a mother-we need to stop being so hard on ourselves.  Who cares if our kids eat poptarts for breakfast and not something homemade; it's okay if we forget to send in treats for a school party. Our kids love us. That's all that matters. 

Connect with Tonisha  

Facebook: Jarrett Law Office