The September 2019 Momma of the Month Jalete Joseph Nelms is a media/communications consultant who has learned the importance of the seasons of life.
Tell me about yourself.
Jalete Joseph Nelms, 51, a native of Birmingham, Alabama, living most of my life in Homewood. I’m a former broadcast journalist. Currently, I focus professionally on media consulting with local companies with thirty percent of my time on real estate and real estate media projects. As a former classical ballet dancer, I enjoy training dancers in my “not so free time” for auditions. My husband, Sam (Pelham native), is teacher and baseball coach in a local school system. We have four daughters: Samantha (22), grad student at Baylor University; Zoë (16); twins, Diane and Debra (13).
What do you want your kids to learn from your life?
To invest what they have learned from their education and what they have inherited from their family and use those talents to grow their own business. In our present-day society, there are ample resources and opportunities to support entrepreneurship.
What are the best and worst things about living in Birmingham?
As a native of the area, I find that most of my former classmates and neighbors have been successful in their careers after moving out of the Birmingham area.
What is your proudest personal moment?
Being able to combine my love of real estate and broadcasting on a national television show.
What is your proudest mom moment?
Seeing all of my daughters excel in their education and in their extracurricular activities. Meanwhile, seemingly keeping a balance I never had as a young adult.
What is your proudest wife moment?
Hearing my husband regularly say thank you, when I’ve pulled together a complicated week, day or family task!
What advice do you have for mommas trying to balance having a career with raising a family?
It’s important to seek help and advice from your parents or a support system. As a friend once told me, “We all blossom and give at different seasons of our lives—your season of giving to others may not be the same as your neighbor.” In translation, it may be your season to allow others to take the carpool and pick up after volleyball—your time to do that or something else will come later.
What’s next for Jalete Joseph Nelms?
Giving more time spiritually and professionally to the things that support me and my family best!
Is there anything you would like to add?
With God’s direction and guidance, I humbly give thanks for “the proud” moments. His direction makes everything so much better!