Working Mama Spotlight on Elena Landa

Where are you from: Originally from Peru (South America)

Where do you live now: Indianapolis

Education: Literature, Linguistics, Arts autodidact, World traveler, backpacker

Career: Author, Language teacher, Translator and Entrepreneur

Family life: The mother of one wonderful multicultural and multilingual boy

Favorite family fun spot/activity: Riding, walking, running on the Monon Trail, traveling, learning about new cultures and tasting new international food

Favorite "me-time" activity:  meditating, reading, drinking tea, doing yoga, walking or running, writing and painting

What are you reading right now? A House of Spys and Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World Book by Adam Grant

Best Mom Moment: Night time when I read to my son and do our prayers.

Career Highlight(s): Publishing 2 novels, becoming a good foreign languages educator and opening my first online store.

As a child, what did you want to be when you grow up? a doctor or veterinarian

My biggest mistake: Believing that I have control over all aspects of my life if I was smart enough, skillful enough, extroverted enough, etc.

Career/Parenting advice you would like to share with other working mamas: Working women feel guilty often about having to leave our children in daycare centers in order to go to work or coming home tired after a long day at work... We must stop feeling this guilt and realize that, if we are loving on them, caring for them, meeting their emotional, physical and educational needs with love and attention, we are doing well! We are doing what we can with what has been given to us... and it's all good!