Actress, entrepreneur and writer, age 42
Mother of Olive, 4, and Frankie, 2
The former child star showed she had staying power by becoming a Hollywood boss and a successful businesswoman offscreen.
I’ve acted my entire life, which I love, but when I had my first daughter, Olive, I decided it was time to take a break. That said, it was during this period that I launched Flower Beauty. With my own company, I was able to find the balance between being a mom and throwing myself into a new business passion, but all on my schedule.
My mom and I didn’t have a traditional mother-daughter relationship. I was on my own and had to figure life out as it was thrown at me. This laid the perfect groundwork for what kind of mother I want to be to my two daughters.
I got back in front of the camera for the Netflix show Santa Clarita Diet. I didn’t want to return to work as an actress, but I fell in love with the writing. I met with the show’s creator, the other actor signed on and it felt good. Both were married with kids and I knew family was their top priority.
I used to care so much about every creative/business/day-to-day decision that I would drive myself crazy. Being a mom has totally changed my priorities and perspective. You wake up every morning with a mile-long to-do list and in order to get it all done, you gotta trust your gut, make a decision and move on to the next!
Be nice. That ‘Hello’ or ‘Can I help you?’ may seem so small, but it could change a person’s day.
Breathe…I got it tattooed on my forearm to remind me every day.