MEET A MOM – Leigha Pindroh Content Creator of Life of Leigha, Co-host of the podcast “Life Opens Up”, and Social Media Manager
Where are you originally from, and how long have you lived in Pittsburgh?
I am a born and raised Pittsburgher. I grew up in the North Side, and later went to high school in the North Hills. After college, my husband and I lived in Bellevue for a bit and we moved our family to Cranberry Township six years ago.
How many kids do you have and what are their ages?
I have three children – Maddox (6 years old), Levi (4 years old) and Bash (He’ll be one on April 2!)
What do you love about living in Pittsburgh?
I love that it’s a big city with a small town feel. No matter where you go, you probably know someone. The sense of community is great, and I feel like Pittsburghers genuinely support and care about one another.
What’s your favorite restaurant and/or place to shop in Pittsburgh?
My husband and I love Coughlin’s Law for their drinks, bar bites and of course brunch! We also can’t get enough of Condado, Sesame Inn and Federal Galley.
Tell us about your business.
I am a content creator who talks mostly about motherhood and how it can be overwhelming and beautiful at the same time at Life of Leigha. I also am the co-host of a podcast called Life Opens Up, which is centered around being a working mom and dealing with the struggles (and wins!) of being a woman in today’s society.
My day job for the past six years has been working at a local accounting firm producing their events and coordinating their public relations efforts. In March I will be starting a new role as a social media manager for a local non-profit.
What do you love about your job?
As a content creator, I love connecting with other women and mothers via social media. It’s amazing how supportive women are towards one another, especially over the past two years while so many of us have been navigating motherhood during a pandemic. It’s comforting to share all of your anxieties and struggles and realize that you are not alone. I love that I can see first hand women building each other up.
For my day job, I love that I get to do something outside of the house separate from my family. I take great pride in being a professional woman and I want my boys to see their mom working hard and accomplishing goals and excelling in my career.
What is your favorite thing to do with your children and/or family?
We love movie nights! We grab snacks, maybe some ice cream from Millie’s, and cozy up watching whatever is on Disney+.
In the summer, we spend a lot of time at the pool and local parks. Our boys love swimming and would go all day every day if we let them.
How do you juggle work and motherhood?
By having a great support system. When they say it takes a village they’re not kidding. My husband’s job has untraditional hours, so he is on child duty when he’s off of work. Aside from that. we have a great babysitter who watches the kids during the day, and of course our parents pitch in whenever they can.
Also, google calendar is my best friend. If someone in our family is doing something, it goes in the calendar!
How has the Pittsburgh community been instrumental in getting you to where you are now?
I think the Pittsburgh community has been instrumental by providing support, mentorship and different opportunities. There are so many Pittsburgh women that I look up to and am inspired by – especially in the content creator space. Some of the women I have never met in person, but I am just inspired by how they juggle motherhood and also follow their dreams and excel in their careers.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve received from another mom?
Early on one of my cousin’s said to “Do what works best for you and your family.” It’s so hard when you receive so much information, and it’s very easy to get overwhelmed by what’s the “right” thing to do with feeding, sleeping and hitting baby milestones. Getting reassurance that there’s no right answer was comforting, and I try to remind myself of it often.
Is there anything that you would like to share with other moms?
You can’t pour from an empty cup! There’s no reason to lose yourself in motherhood. You can still be you and do things that make you happy and feel a sense of purpose while still being a great mom.