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Mom Takes Notes 

Published April 3, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. | Updated April 4, 2022 at 8:09 p.m.

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Combining parenthood and a career is a tricky business. Finding the time to do my work as an illustrator and postdoctoral researcher, while also taking care of our 10-month-old daughter at home, requires creativity and some serious scheduling with my husband.

Despite my best effort, these two worlds can sneak into each other's space. During my walks around the neighborhood, a small army of doubts and worries silently follows my steps. They persist, no matter the volume of the podcast coming through my headphones or the number of miles I walk. I let them follow because I know that — little by little — I will conquer each one. Besides, fresh air is good for all of us.

This article was originally published in Seven Days' monthly parenting magazine, Kids VT.

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Elisa Järnefelt

Elisa Järnefelt

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Elisa Järnefelt is a South Burlington-based illustrator and writer originally from Finland. She enjoys telling complex stories with seemingly simple drawings. Her illustrated column about parenthood appears monthly in Kids VT. You can see more of her drawings at elisajarnefelt.com.

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