Dr. Chauncey Tarrant is no stranger to the juggle. As a pediatrician, mother to a beautiful baby girl and wife to an also juggling professional, Chauncey is committed to not just doing it all, but doing it all well. Grounded by faith, she works daily to strike a balance somewhere between her ability to make magic and her desire to acknowledge her limits.
We talked to Dr. Tarrant as she hopped in the car for her daily 45 minute commute after a long shift at St. Elizabeth's Hospital in St. Louis and here's what she shared:
When you hear "The Juggle Is Real" what are thinking?
It is my life. I think that anyone who is ambitious, goal-oriented would say so. There just aren't enough hours in the day to accomplish what you want to do. There is always something to do, but the reality is : women have done it before me. So I spend my days trying to do it all and doing it all well.
What do you do for self-care?
I very much value alone time - no husband, no kids, no one. Mentally I need time to spend with myself. I also value girl time - time with my girlfriends who are married with kids and with my girlfriends who are married with no kids.
What practical tools do you use to navigate the juggle?
I am super Type A. With maturity, I have realized that I will not remember everything, therefore it needs to be written down in order for it get done. Because there are so many moving parts, I tend to write down lists and even use my phone and iPad as tools as well.
How do you and your husband manage the juggle together?
When we met, he was a professional at Boeing and I was a student at Meharry Medical School. Over time, as layers were added to our lives individually, we learned the art of compromising and flexibility. When I come home and start venting, he has learned to just listen. Our schedules and demanding lives could make for chaos but we have learned to balance, to listen, to communicate and to just vibe. I call it the beauty of marriage.
Do you feel the responsibility and pressure of mentoring aspiring women at this point in your life?
Early on in my career I put tons of pressure on myself to be a mentor and to sow into the lives of others. What I have come to learn over time is that I have personal limits. Being pulled in a million directions simply is not fulfilling. I am now intentional with who and how I invest my time. I am involved in the community and serve as a resource to many rising professionals, but as a former "yes" person, I have learned to acknowledge and accept my limits and do what works best for me. I simply cannot make it my life mission to take every young aspiring physician under my wings, but what I can do is to continue to show up and I believe that in itself is impactful.
What has being a mommy taught you amidst the juggle?
The biggest thing that Kennedy has taught me is that while my schedule and lists are important, they are not important as nurturing and spending time with her. Becoming a mother has made me more flexible and helped me to get out of my own way. I now try to embrace every moment and be the best example that I can be for her. I would be honored if she followed in my footsteps professionally, but above all, I want her to be a happy and good human being that contributes to this world in the best of ways.