Working Mama Spotlight on Jeannie Marrugo

Sherri Sego and Jeannie Marrugo

Sherri Sego and Jeannie Marrugo

Where are you from: Franklin, Indiana

Where do you live now: Indianapolis

Education: Bachelors in Interior Design, Masters of Architecture

Career: I have been an architect for five years and a business owner for two years.

Family life: I have been married to my Venezuelan hubby, Edwin, for over five years and we just celebrated our daughter, Camila’s, second birthday.  We also have a Jack Russell with too much energy named Chigui. (Pronounced Chee-wee, named after Venezuela’s largest rodent.  Poetic, I know.)

Favorite Indy Eats: I’ve been obsessed with Yats since college, thanks to my friend Cathleen. Any Mexican restaurant, anywhere, anytime.  Love Handle, RIZE, Bru Burger, Livery.

Favorite family fun spot/activity: We love doing anything outdoors.  Cycling, going on walks, running, hiking, camping, playing and swimming.

Favorite "me-time" activity: I wish I could say reading, but Netflix all the way.

What are you reading right now? One of my favorite things I have started is a book study with my dear friend Gena from church.  We just finished "Real Simplicity" by Randy Frazee and will be starting "Sheparding Your Child’s Heart" by Tedd Tripp. I have a very large stack of books on my night stand that I’m slowly making my way through: "Lean In, Strengthening Your Marriage, The Entrepreneur Roller Coaster and Driven."

Best Mom Moment: There have been so many wonderful memories over the past two years, but my favorite is the moment they laid Camila on my chest after giving birth to her.  It was unexplainable, and I still remember the excitement of getting to meet her after her being in my belly for nine months.  Life has never been the same.

Career Highlight(s): Becoming a licensed architect after years of exams, starting Café Baby with my mom

What you love about being a Hoosier? I love the people here and how friendly they are!  When we visit certain states, I’m so ready to get back to Indiana where the people are warm and friendly!

As a child, what did you want to be when you grow up? I can honestly say I’ve always wanted to be an architect.  I used to lay in our living room floor and draw floor plans and houses.

Where you want to be in 10 years? That’s hard to say because if someone asked me this ten years ago, I don’t think I would have said “I want to own a business” and look where I am now.  In ten years, I want to be happily married to my husband, be a wonderful mom to my kid (hopefully kids), have the flexibility to be with my family more than I am now, and hopefully have a Café Baby store (hopefully stores).

My biggest mistake: I feel like I live my life rushing from place to place and this has made me miss out on many things.  I am still working on this as a wife, mom, daughter and business owner. 

Everyone is constantly telling me “Slow down, Jeannie!”
— Jeannie Marrugo, Architect and Cafe Baby Owner

Career/Parenting advice you would like to share with other working mamas: Enjoy every second, even when it’s hard, even during the sleepless nights.  It goes by so quickly and before you know it, your kid is five years old.

Also, I know a lot of moms have constant “mom guilt” for leaving our kids every day to go to work.  I know I have it and it’s a relentless battle. I want to share what I read in the book Real Simplicity and you can take from it what you will.  I love my career, but I love my family even more.

“Imagine life is a game in which you are juggling five balls. The balls are called work, family, health, friends and integrity. And you’re keeping all of them in the air. But one day you finally come to understand that work is a rubber ball. If you drop it, it will bounce back. The other four balls are made of glass. If you drop one of these, it will be irrevocably scuffed, nicked or perhaps even shattered. And once you truly understand the lesson of the five balls, you will have the beginnings of balance in your life.”

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