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Meet Trailblazer Charyse Montante

Today we’d like to introduce you to Charyse Montante.

Charyse, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
Hello! I’m the creator of my lifestyle/mom blog, I was born, raised, and currently reside in San Diego, CA with the love of my life, Mike and our 2 kiddos, Brixton Hayes, 3 and Harlow Reese, 1.

My background is in Financial Planning and Analysis with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Accounting from San Diego State University. With almost 10 years of experience as a Senior Financial Analyst (and Microsoft Excel Wizard), I spend most of my days using the left side of my brain. As much as I LOVE my day job, I’ve always yearned for a creative outlet as I believe the key to a harmonious mind, body, and soul is BALANCE.

When I’m not creating financial models, being a momarazzi, having a dance party with my son, playing dress up with my daughter, or managing my home, you will either find me scouring Pinterest for my next DIY project, in front of my sewing machine, at Target deviating from “the list”, online shopping the depths of what the internet has to offer (but mostly Amazon, Forever 21, and Old Navy haha) or cuddled on the couch with my love (wine)… oh and my fiancé. 😉

I hope to bring joy, inspiration, and connectedness with my blog in sharing pieces of my heart, my mind, and my life.

Has it been a smooth road?
Definintely not a smooth road, rather bumpy actually. At the end of last year, my employer granted me the opportunity to work from home full time, around my own hours. As much of a blessing as it was for me, it was definintely challenging. Bringing work home with two little ones was difficult. Trying to find a balance between my two roles as mom and analyst was not easy. I’d have to say, sticking to a routine and schedule was key. And honestly, blogging and staying creative really helped with the day to day stress. Thankfully, I also have a really wonderful support system and the extra hands definintely help.

We’d love to hear more about
What sets me apart from other lifestyle/mom bloggers would have to be how real and raw I am. I have an edge sprinkled with humor. I enjoy sharing my life, my experiences, and my opinions. I also have various skills and passions I enjoy showcasing. From DIY projects to high tech solutions, to fashion, interior design, to mom advice, and family recipes, to tips for organization and managing the home. Not to mention, my children are the real showstoppers. They will either melt your heart or crack you up.

Which women have inspired you in your life?
Currently, it would have to be all the other mom bloggers or working moms that I have met throughout my journey so far. Some days are hard but then, I’ll see an inspiring post or Instagram story about their crazy day, or have a deep conversation via DM with one of them and I feel someone actually relates with me. It’s truly inspiring to see these moms do what they do on the daily.

Contact Info:

  • Website:
  • Instagram: @charysespieces

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