Moms Who Lead: Starla Jones, Attorney
Are you a native of Wichita Falls?
I am not a native of Wichita Falls. I came here originally to go to college at MSU, then returned after completing law school to start my job at the District Attorney’s Office.
What is your job and when did you know it was right for you?
I decided to become a lawyer after working as a police dispatcher when I was 19. In 2019, I decided to change my focus from being a career prosecutor to going into private practice so that I would have more flexibility and because my view of the “system” began to change.
Do you have tips on how to balance your career and motherhood?
Balancing kids and a career is just plain hard. Looking back, I feel like I missed out on a lot of my kids’ childhoods because I was so busy with my work. Since I began private practice, this has improved as I have more flexibility. I think the best advice is just to know that you will drop the ball at times and that’s ok. I try to remember that jobs are replaceable but your family isn’t. When your job no longer works for you, it’s time to make a change.
What is the most challenging aspect of motherhood?
The most challenging (and rewarding) aspect of motherhood is watching your children develop into their own, unique selves. Along with that comes watching them face trials and hardships that you want to shield them from. Knowing that it is better for your child to go through the struggle is difficult when you want to protect them.
When you want to give up, what do you do to keep going?
My faith is easily what keeps me going when I want to give up. Life can be really hard, especially when you are going through a season of loss. It is only through Him that I am able to do all that I do.