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Dear Diary,


Chandra Wilson has a similar make up as her TV alter ego, Dr. Miranda Bailey. Both the fictional and real life versions are hardworking, driven, intelligent and talented.  Like many working mothers, myself included, they juggle demanding careers and even more demanding children on little sleep and lots of love. Before Chandra became a huge hit on network television, she worked overnight and weekend shifts at Deutsche Bank. She was still an employee the day she auditioned for Grey’s Anatomy. She landed the role, and the following year, she got another announcement. She was pregnant with her third child, who later became a regular on the set during her breastfeeding breaks.   By now, Chandra was experienced at being a multitasking mother.  When she had her daughter about a decade earlier, she was starring in a stage play in New Jersey. She took time off to deliver her baby and went back to work five days later!   Diary of a First Time Mom caught up with Chandra at the Disney Dreamers Academy to talk about chasing your dreams and your children. Heather: Hi Chandra. It’s so nice to meet you. I always wondered how you balanced being a celebrity and being a mommy.


Chandra: Just like every working mom does, you set a schedule.  You put a support team in place. You hope everyone is where they’re supposed to be when they’re supposed to be there.  But you know what, people are human beings. Everything isn’t  always chronicle and perfect. You get to the end of the day and you go, Whew, we made it through that one!


Heather: What advice would you give moms who think they must give up their dreams when they have a baby?


Chandra: People come up with their own life plans. As far as kids are concerned, they come into the picture when they come into the picture. You think that you’re ready and you’re not. You think that you’re not ready, and you are. There’s no way to tell that. When those blessings show up, it’s our job to be everything to them that we can possibly be.


Heater: How do you do that? Should you put your dreams temporarily on hold?


Chandra: The only thing I can say to that is what I do with my life. I try to be as normal a human being as possible while going after the things that I want in life.  My first daughter was born when I was 24, but at that point I was out of college. I let myself get out of college. I was already an adult, working, paying my own bills, in my relationship. It’s 100% up to you. If you do go on and have children, it doesn’t have to stop anything that you planned to do.


Heather: I agree. Being a mom motivates me to continue to pursue my passion and reach my career goal. Thank you Chandra!


Hey DFTM Fam–How do you strike a healthy balance between your job and your family?  What advice would you give new moms about multitasking?

About The Author

Vlog Mom/DFTM Creator

Not long ago, Heather Hopson hosted a television show in the Cayman Islands. Today, she's back home writing a different kind of story as a new mom. In her 15 years working as a professional journalist, this by far is her best assignment! Growing up, she dreamed of becoming Oprah Winfrey. She was the features editor for her school’s newspaper and a teen talk show host for her city’s most popular radio station. She went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Michigan State University. After graduation, she worked as a television producer and reporter at CBS, NBC and Fox affiliates throughout the U.S. Instead of heading to Chicago to join Ms. Winfrey on her set, she bought a plane ticket to the Cayman Islands instead. She arrived five days before a category five hurricane! She lived in paradise for seven years, hosted an award-winning television show and traveled the globe with a government delegation. She also served on the board of directors for Big Brothers Big Sisters and spearheaded a Send a Kid to Camp campaign. Then, she relocated to Washington, D.C. to obtain a teaching certification and instruct 8th grade reading at a high needs middle school. She later returned to her hometown of Pittsburgh, PA to raise her daughter Caitlynn, now 4-years-old. During her 10-month-stint as a stay-at-home mom, Caitlynn inspired her to create this blog, and Diary of a First Time Mom was born on Mother’s Day 2012. Two years later, she expanded the family to include 20+ writers. Currently, Heather serves as the communications director at Allies for Children. In addition, she is the owner of Motor Mouth Multimedia, which ranked #49 in Startup Nation’s Home-Based 100 Competition sponsored by Discover Card and Sam’s Club. Recently, The Pittsburgh Foundation and The Heinz Endowments selected Heather to receive an Emerging Black Artist award to develop Diary of a First Time Mom.

3 Responses

  1. Christine

    First off, I absolutely LOOOOOOVE Dr. Bailey…ahem…Chandra Wilson! I have been a DIE HARD Grey’s Anatomy fan since season 1. So congrats and thanks for sharing such a great interview 🙂

    My advice would be to take everyone else’s advice with a grain of salt. Try different systems until you figure out what works for you, but in the process, make sure that you are always FLY (First Love[ing] Yourself).

  2. Chasing Joy

    Wow! You have gotten to interview some really cool people. She sounds very down to earth.

    As a single girl with no kids yet I do sometimes wonder how they will fit into my life.

  3. Vaneese

    I heart Dr. Bailey, I mean Chandra. She is just awesomesauce on that show and I have to believe that much of her character comes from a place of authenticity. I imagine Chandra kicking much ass IRL, just as Dr. Bailey does on GA. As far as what advice I would give new moms on multi-tasking, it would be to realize that everything will not get done. And that’s perfectly okay.


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