by Dana Sitar

Debra Cohen had a killer job.

She was vice president of a Spanish-language aviation magazine in Manhattan, which sent her all over the world — an “amazing adventure.”

She was on a business trip to Paris when she found out she was pregnant with her first daughter.

Cohen was faced with the working mother’s dilemma: Could she keep her corporate career and have the kind of family life she valued?

That was 20 years ago.

Cohen’s response to this common dilemma ultimately led to her version of “having it all” — the chance to raise her (now, two) daughters and grow a home-based business that’s grossed almost $4 million.
Leaving a Successful Career

“My husband and I had a heartfelt conversation one night about how I was missing out,” Cohen explains.

“He said, ‘quit your job.’ [It was about] quality of life over quantity of money.”

Cohen’s company accommodated motherhood as best it could. After maternity leave, she was even able to work at home some days.

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Dana Sitar (@danasitar) is a staff writer at The Penny Hoarder. She also writes about writing, life, comedy and love and attempts humor wherever it’s allowed (and sometimes where it’s not).