Whoever said women "can't have it all" hasn't met Maggie Lea.
Lea is ambitiously juggling family life and a successful business.
Born in Miami, Florida, Lea has also resided in Scottsdale, Arizona and San Francisco, California during her lifetime, but chose to plant roots for herself and her business in Wilson County five years ago.
"I felt that Wilson County would be a great location to open HomeInstead Senior Care," she said. HomeInstead Senior Care provides services ranging from a few hours a day to 24-hour-care services to seniors in Old Hickory, Hermitage, Wilson, Smith and DeKalb counties.
"Connecting our unique CAREGivers with the families we serve is rewarding. It is an honor to be invited into the homes and lives of so many wonderful people in this community."
The local HomeInstead Senior Care currently employees 300 and according to Lea, a recent expansion will allow them to hire another 240 employees this year.
Lea believes that trust is a key ingredient when operating a local business.
"To build value in our effort to serve others there are many things that a company must do to build trust. For us, being involved in our local community and giving back is part of this process," she explained. Lea is currently a Board Member in the Mt. Juliet/West Wilson Chamber of Commerce, a member of the Nursing Advisory Board for Cumberland University and Mt. Juliet Noon Rotary Club. She is also involved in agencies such as Wilson County Court Appointed Special Advocates, Inc., Lebanon Senior Citizen Center, Habitat for Humanity for Greater Nashville in Wilson County, Personal Support Service Agency, a department of the Tennessee Association for Home Care and Be A Santa to a Senior Program.
Any free time not donated to a community event or charitable endeavor is reserved for family and friends. Lea is married to Assistant District Attorney Jimmy Lea. Together they have a son, Spencer, who recently turned 1.
Motherhood has been a life changing experience for Lea.
"I believe that no one could prepare me for how much life has actually changed," she said. For example, "I would rather buy a plastic tricycle than buy the shoes I have been coveting for months."
Lea added that becoming a mother has allowed her to tap into an "inner strength I never thought I had."
Lea admires women like Jackie Cowden of Custom Packing. "I strive to be a person that is God fearing, ambitious, family oriented, honest, humble and an empowering resource for women. Jackie possesses all of these qualities in my eyes," she said "She shows me that women can have it all - a successful career and a family life when you make your own rules to happiness.
"When creating your rules to your happiness - don't compare yourself to anyone. You will know what works best for your family and career."