When Your Dream Job Falls in Your Lap

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I’m one week into a new job. And it’s not just any ol’ paying-the-bills 9-to-5, either.

I now get paid to read other people’s blogs, pin cool finds on Pinterest, figure out what makes content share-worthy, and help my fellow bloggers get more readers.


Don’t get me wrong. I was doing just fine at my old job, copywriting for a digital ad agency. I worked with some fun, funny people and got to do creative stuff. And the paycheck didn’t hurt, natch.

But when I got a call from my former colleague, describing this amazing opportunity at a startup in Cincinnati, I couldn’t resist.

So what is this job and startup, you ask? I am VP of Content Partnerships at a marketing optimization service specifically for Pinterest. I have the distinct pleasure of heading up a brand-new network of content providers (aka bloggers).

I’ve never been a VP before. Or had a personal stake in an up-and-coming startup. Or had the chance to directly apply my passion for blogs and social media to my day-to-day work.

I’m truly in blog (not hog) heaven, y’all.

Now I just have to figure out how to kick as much ass as possible work-wise, without burning myself out or neglecting the other loves of my working mom life: hubs, kids, friends and family. This first week’s been a whirlwind, and I don’t foresee things settling down anytime soon.

Pin with me, friends. It’s gonna be a wild ride!

Susan Wenner Jackson

Susan Wenner Jackson is the cofounder and editor of Working Moms Against Guilt. She lives in her hometown of West Chester, Ohio, with her husband, two children, and their dog.


  1. Congratulations Susan! Great news!

    • Thanks, Kristin. You’ve always been a great blog cheerleader since way back 🙂

  2. Congratulations! What an exciting opportunity.That work/life balance is always elusive, even more so in a start-up, I bet. Good luck on all fronts!

    • Kim, exciting is right. Thanks for your good wishes.

  3. Really excited for you – it sounds like just the right match and I know you’ll kick serious blogging butt. And make sure to have a pinnable image of said butt-kicking. 🙂

    • Sara, hell yeah! Thanks.

  4. Congrats!!! SO exciting! And I love that pic of you!

    • Thanks, Jenny!

  5. I really like your pic too Susan. You eyes seem to be truly sparkling. Best wishes on your new adventure!

    • Aren’t you sweet, Carrie? Thank you. I’m smiling, even if it’s with tired eyes.

  6. That is AWESOME! Enjoy the ride!!

    • Thanks, Heather!

  7. Sounds like a nice opportunity, Susan. Congratulations.

    • Thanks, Pat. I appreciate it.

  8. I just googled “Working Mom” and found that post. Your new job sounds awesome! Do you have any posts that talk more about what you do for a living and how you came to land that job? I certainly wish that a blogging job would fall in my lap!

  9. Congratulations! So excited for you! Your new job at Pinage sounds like a great opportunity!

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  11. This is awesome Susan! OK…I need to catch up with you and your new career mode. Sounds very exciting. Congrats!

    • Jamie, yes we DO need to catch up. I was planning to send you an email this week. Thanks for the kind words!

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