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The Beautiful Mess: A Working Mom's Guide to Practicing Imperfection

ISBN: 9781634896474
Binding: Paperback
Author: Kimberly Kupiecki
Pages: 174
Trim: 5.5 x 8.5 inches
Published: 01/09/2024

In this working mom self-help book, Kimberly Kupiecki asks: Can you have a family and grow your career? Yes, you can. Can you do it perfectly? Nope, not a chance.

Say goodbye to "work-life balance" and "having it all" and hello to the messy truth: navigating motherhood and career is hard, and you are not alone.

The Beautiful Mess isn't just a bunch of working mom hacks (although, those are in there, too!). It's an essential mindset shift for parents that affirms: no parent is perfect. And it's time to overcome Mom guilt and find joy in imperfection.

Kimberly Kupiecki is a senior director, keynote speaker, and a mother of three. In this professional parent guidebook, she shares reassuring wisdom about navigating the wild ride of raising kids while working.

Kimberly gives readers everywhere permission to lower the bar and give themselves a break, personally and professionally.

Part self-help and part relatable heartfelt memoir, The Beautiful Mess features survival tips including:

  • Navigating maternity leave and career reentry.
  • Outsourcing for help.
  • Owning your value as a successful working mom.
  • Simplifying self-care to make your day-to-day easier.
  • Maintaining your friendships when you're in the midst of family and career.

A perfect gift for new moms climbing the corporate ladder while anxiously Googling "how to be a good mom," fans of The Art of Good Enough and Dying to Be a Good Mother will love the story of someone who has "been there, done that."

Kim's refreshing approach reminds you that it's okay to pump breast milk while being on a conference call, to reprimand your children while cranking out a presentation, and to have a toddler on your lap while pitching a new idea.

It's okay to take a step back from the chaos and have a good laugh. It's okay to not be okay.

After all, the most beautiful memories are often found in the messiest of moments.


Kimberly Kupiecki is a keynote speaker, sustainability expert, and working mother of three. Kupiecki was voted the Top 100 People to Watch in 2023 by Twin Cities Business Magazine, and has held prominent leadership roles in sustainability, communications, and engineering for over two decades.

She serves on the board of Great River Greening and the advisory board of the Brave Blue World Foundation and is a member of the Minnesota Women's Economic Roundtable. She holds patents in Adaptive Temperature Controls and has been published within the clean technology industry.

Kupiecki is currently the senior director of business development at Ginkgo Bioworks. Prior to Ginkgo, she was the director and global leader of sustainability, advocacy, and communications for Dupont Water Solutions. She earned a Bachelor of Science in chemical engineering from the University of California at Berkeley and Master of Business Administration from the Haas School of Business.