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This week on the series we interview Lindsey Mead, an entrepreneur, writer, friend, wife, and mother. Discover how she inspires me and what she finds inspiring

Women who Inspire: Lindsey Mead

March 26, 2020

I have always been so impressed at the number of things Lindsey can get done in a day. Lindsey wears many hats and does them quite well. For her day job, Lindsey has been a recruiter for private equity firms for over 10 years, and recently co-founded a new firm where she is managing partner. That is just the beginning.

Lindsey is also an exceptional writer. She has a popular blog, A Design So Vast, and has also had her articles published in such places as the Huffington PostShe also curated the book, On Being 40(ish), bringing 15 fellow writers together on this time of life. However, when I think of Lindsey I think of the other hats she wears, as a mother and friend.

Lindsey was one of the first people I met when I moved to Boston 20 years ago. We were in the same book club, The Tipsy Page Turners. (We were definitely not her serious book club).  This group of women became such an important part of my life. We have been through so many milestones together, like weddings, babies, and loss. No matter how busy she gets, Lindsey is always there for her friends. She is so thoughtful, loyal and never forgets a birthday. 

Then there is Lindsey’s most important job, her family and being a mother to her two children, Grace and Whit. You can feel the love for her children in her writing, and I always appreciate her honesty and vulnerability. There is so much that I have learned from her. I could go on, but I want you to hear from Lindsey herself.

HERE IS MY INTERVIEW WITH HER

What is the best piece of career advice you have ever received?

Think of your career as a series of interesting jobs, rather than a single, big “C” career.  The former is liberating and the latter can be stifling.

What other women do you admire, and anything you want to share about them?

Oh, so many!  First of all, my partners in our business, all of whom are also mothers, who are terrific at their jobs as well as incredible human beings.  I admire my own mother, who forged the path of working motherhood and made me believe all things were possible. I admire my sister, who’s right alongside me in this grand, chaotic life.  I admire my friends from college who are still my dearest friends, all of whom are also engaged in this juggle.

What app can’t you live without?

Instagram.  I love it. Nevermore than right now, as we are all house-bound.

What is your favorite podcast and or book?

I listen to podcasts only when I run, and am partial towards true crime (right now, listening to The Dating Game Killer).  I also love Harry Potter and the Sacred Text but have a LOT of episodes to go. Which is a natural segue to my favorite book.  Harry Potter is up there. I would also cite Gilead by Marilynne Robinson, Crossing to Safety by Wallace Stegner, A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle, and the poetry of Mary Oliver, Stanley Kunitz, and Wendell Berry.

What piece of advice would you share with other women?

Try to take a deep breath and remember the long game.  Most things pass. Good and bad. 

What are you most grateful for?

My family and our health.  That’s never been more true than right now.  I love my children but I also like them, which is a gift I’m grateful for every day.  After 20 years of marriage, my husband is still making me laugh, which I don’t ever take for granted.

Is there anything else you want to share with my readers?

Thank you for doing this, Whitney!  I think there is still a long way to go in rewriting the script that women are competitive and out to cut each other down.  That has very rarely been my experience and I am thankful for every small step to showing that women can support, esteem, and build each other up.  This series is one of those steps. Thank you! I’m honored to be included.

You can find Lindsey at her blog A Design So Vast, and @lemead on Instagram.

And don’t miss my favorite articles that she has written, This is 40: the thick, hot heart of life’s grand pageant,  and 10 Things I want my 10-Year-Old Daughter to Know, and 10 Things I want my 10-year-old son to know.

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