Gone are the days of waking up on Saturday morning, grabbing a quick cup of coffee and heading to the soccer field. Gone are the carefree hours spent watching my husband coach our 2 sons and cheering for my boys. My sons have not stopped playing soccer, in fact, they have only just begun their young careers. Our sons have always played for the local recreation teams, but they wanted to take soccer a bit more seriously. That’s why my carefree soccer mom hours are in my rear-view. My husband and I have just taken over our towns travel soccer club. The club has existed in some capacity for over 25 years. The current leadership was ready to retire, and never being ones to sit on the sidelines, my husband and I decided to get involved.
We immediately brought our new club into the 21st century. We re-branded the logo, created a new website, and finally brought the club onto social media. We made our presence felt by marching in the town’s Memorial Day parade under a beautiful new banner. We have held our tryouts and cannot wait to start training for our fall season. So instead of watching from the sidelines I will be coordinating the scheduling of the games, running the snack stand, selling team merchandise, paying referees, and reporting each game to the league website. It will be a lot of work, but my kids and many more will reap the benefits. It will be long hours of coordination, phone calls, and emails, but it will all be worth it. I’ll watch with pride as they glide up and down the field, just like my late father did. He would be so proud. I will remember those easy Saturday mornings, a little envious of how it used to be, but never regretting one single moment.
Nightmare is a harsh word but some days are rough. I have been a career mom for over 20 years. I have a 22, 9 and 6 year old boys. I also have my 2 female fur doggies to help balance things out around here. My oldest had to deal with mom and dad working all day and picking him up late from family or daycare every day. I remember one day being able to pick him up from school and he nearly broke down in tears when he saw me. I was a single mother and did what I had to do but that day stuck in my mind.
Fast forward to today, married, 2 more boys and I have been lucky enough to be a full time working mom with a home office. I even travel to other states from time to time. Be careful what you wish for.... guests stopping by, dogs have to get walked, I am in charge of doing the school drop off and pick-ups, get dinner started, door bell is ringing with random sales people, kids screaming in the back-round during conference calls. Worst of all, there is no interaction with colleagues. I crave adult conversation over a cup of coffee. Okay, enough with the negativity. I actually love it! I am here for my kids, I see their happy faces after school, I get to take care of them when they are sick, I have my coffee outside by the pond and I can shower after lunch *TMI. I am blessed to have a supportive husband and great kids. Whatever the situation or where the universe takes me next, I will try to make the best of it.
Welcome to the Housewives in the City – North Jersey! I finally took my goals and dreams and put them to work for me. Please join me on this adventure. I will be blogging about my personal experiences, places I visit, restaurants/bars, sharing on social media, promoting events and networking with many women in the business community.
I am adventurous and always looking for ways to improve myself. Social media is a way of life for me and I enjoy sharing my photos and posting about people and places I encounter in different communities. I am an event planner, foodie, animal lover, soccer mom, wine-o and career woman. My goal here is to help others connect and share on my site. I look forward to meeting you all at my monthly ladies night out events and hearing about your business.
My name is Juliet Lopez and I am a hospitality sales and catering director for over 20 years. I was born and raised in NJ and I have a Colombian backround. My husband and I also run our town soccer club. I love keeping busy with my 3 boys and challenging myself professionally every day.