Prior to welcoming son Silver Isley Singletary in April 2022, Elaine Welteroth wasn't sure what her life would look like since she's constantly juggling several projects.
"It's so much more fun. As this career woman, I wasn't expecting to have a baby at this exact moment at all. Throughout my entire pregnancy, I was grieving my old life and planning for the worst, and then the baby came. He's the happiest, most joyful extension of my life and life expanded to include him. He's been a bonus," the 36-year-old, who partnered with CÎROC for the next iteration of #CIROCStands for Black Excellence, exclusively tells Morning Honey.
"I'm struggling how to figure out how to be a mom and work at the same time," she confesses. "He's brought new perspective that has only enriched my work and personal life. It's important to be prepared for the big changes, but it's also important to share the joyful aspects of what being a working mom can look like so not everybody is scared to death going into it. It's way more fun than I thought. I inherited a little homie!"
It's no secret the brunette beauty, who married Jonathan Singletar in 2020, is constantly on the move, as she is always thinking of new projects to dive into.
From writing More Than Enough: Claiming Space for Who You Are (No Matter What They Say), which was released in 2019, to appearing as a judge on Project Runway, to writing her advice column in the Washington Post, it's safe to say she is booked and busy.
"I'm always creating the thing that I need, and I am doing it from a place of service," she notes. "When I wrote my book, it was much more than a memoir. It was truly my testimony, and it was filled with that raw truth that you don't really get to share on social media. That was the intention to offer some advice along the way to the next generation of professionals who are following in a similar path or who can relate on any level to the work I've done. It's all about helping people navigate pivots — personally and professionally. In this second chapter of my career, I'm navigating newness in my own life as a new mom as well."
"As a new mom, my big focus is raising awareness and using my platform that I have," she adds.
As for what's next, the editor has two shows that are development and will be debuting in the fall. "That's exciting," she gushes. "I want to continue to expand the mediums where I am reaching people and to do more work in television while maintaining my column and working on book No. 2. There's a lot of activity going on!"
In the meantime, The Talk alum had a great time during Super Bowl weekend, where she joined fellow journalists MJ Acosta-Ruiz, Cari Champion and Kelsey Nicole Nelson to recognize these powerful Black women, explore their inspirational stories and toast to their success as they pave the way for others to do the same.
"It was a no-brainer. It was an opportunity to connect and build a community with other women — especially Black women journalists. It was very gratifying," she says of CÎROC is highlighting the next generation of Black sports journalism by shining a light on their excellence in trailblazing the culture. "I feel on a professional level that I have a responsibility to invest in other Black journalists. CÎROC is making sure that NABJ is supported with the resources they need to keep the pipeline of journalists of color strong and thriving for the next generation of journalists that are coming up. It's important for me to see brands rallying around Black History Month."
"My favorite part was the conversation because it was so deep," she notes. "These women are so accomplished and so influential in their individual spaces, but when we come together and share vulnerable stories, we're sharing our testimonies. It got really emotional, raw and transparent. I walked away feeling so connected to them — and our hearts were full."
Keep scrolling to see how you can make your own CÎROC drink!
Recipe: CÎROC Thyme Spritz
- 1.2 oz CÎROC Vodka
- 1 oz Fresh Lime Juice
- .5 oz Thyme Syrup
- 1 oz Fresh-Pressed Cucumber Juice
Glassware: Footed Spritz Glass
Garnish: Cucumber Ribbon and Thyme Sprig
Preparation: Add CÎROC Vodka, fresh lime juice, thyme syrup, and fresh-pressed cucumber juice into a shaker filled with ice. Shake well. Serve in a footed spritz glass. Garnish with cucumber ribbon and thyme sprig.