SIXTY SECONDS, PRICELESS PAYBACK You really need to take a couple minutes to look at this. Couple of minutes = a spirit inspired. A Life EMPOWERED. And the payback on that, well, priceless. And since we all know ALL women and ALL moms work, (Dads too, frankly), so I wanted to share this from WomenWorking.com. A great…
It’s sweltering outside!
Time to shed some clothes and have some summer fun!
So what will you do today? Some fun in the sun and Swimming?
How ’bout the grill. Throw on some hot dogs… which leads me to what I wanna do.
I wanna jump naked on a trampoline. And Dance. But lots of jumping. High. And do flips. And toe-touches.
Here’s why it’s so important… and why it can dramatically change your life for the better.
We hear the word a lot these days. Everywhere. But what is it?
How can you get inspired or find inspiration? That burn-in-your-gut kind of passion.
It’s not a destination. But it does begin a journey.
Here’s a few secrets about inspiration. If you truly delve into the possibilites, it will change your life.
Yesterday I ROYALLY screwed up.
And I need to share it.
As a Mom, I just flat out sucked.
I was on the phone yesterday doing an interview for a story when I mentioned that I’m going to be a stay at home mom with Harper, rather than finding another job. The
woman I was speaking with was a well accomplished Manhattan attorney — and mom. “Well, don’t stay home for your kids,” she told me. “They won’t remember. Make sure you do it for yourself.”
She said that when she told her 23-year-old daughter that she’d stayed home with her Saturday nights because she couldn’t bear to leave her, the daughter deadpanned: “That was stupid.”
A reader on MommyMoi recently left me a similar comment: “All I know is that FOR ME, the nine years I stayed home with my children (mainly because of unemployment) were not good. I love being at work, and my children (now 13, 15 and 17) don’t even remember that I was ever home. They understand that I love my job just about as much as I love them. Of course, I was able to arrange my hours so I could be home in the evenings. Most studies I have seen indicate that children benefit most from parents who are happy, so you have to decide what will make you happiest. For me, it was definitely work outside the home!”
Good Read from Mom-101
This week, I was minding my own business on the commute to work, picking my nose, reading about the Beastie Boys, daydreaming about cheese, adjusting a wedgie–whatever things you do in the privacy of a packed A-train car filled with anonymous commuters.
As the train pulled up to the West 4th Street station, I felt a hand on my shoulder. I turned to face this young woman with the sweetest smile and a fedora, who I expected to be giving directions to, or thanking her for pointing out that I had dropped my MetroCard. Instead, she blurted out in the brief second before the doors closed, that while she has no kids, she reads my blog.
It kind of made my day.
At least after I nervously replayed my train ride, hoping that she didn’t see me doing something totally embarrassing like knocking over an old lady to grab the last seat.
(But I didn’t. I only do that on the commute home when my feet really hurt.)
What stayed with me all week, though, was the email Kelly sent me later that morning. As I told her, I think it’s too good not to share it.
Thank you Babble, for sharing this. I simply had to do the same and pass along to all you out there. Especially Newbie Moms. And that means all you Empowered Moms out there (Newbie or not)!
To all you Newbie-Moms. Be afraid. Of all the Moms out there who have it ‘all figured out’. Because, guess what? They don’t. And if they say they do, they’re lying.
Here’s some of the Moms you, no doubt, will come in contact with. A a few tips to identify the species…. good luck on your wild-life hunting.
Spawned on anonymous internet message boards, the Sanctimommy thinks she’s got it all figured out — and she’s pretty sure you don’t. Whatever her parenting beliefs and behaviors may be, they’re better than yours, and she’s sure to let you know it. Steer clear if you’re feeling thin-skinned.
2. TIGER MOM
To the Tiger Mom, childhood is about work now, play later. She takes her kids’ futures seriously and won’t let anything get in the way. Her kids are definitely going to be more successful than yours. If the Tiger Mom’s kids are busy working, she could be a good option for socializing … as long as you don’t mind the sound of the whip cracking in the background.
3: POWER MOM
Power Mom’s into success, too — her own. If you see her around, she’s likely to be dashing in and out on her way to something much more important than the likes of you. Is she proud about her Very Important Position or does she wish she could just chill out with the coffee moms after drop off? Probably both. Don’t be offended if she breaks plans; it’s not personal.
My friend, Rene Syler at Good Enough Mother has a terrific posting this morning on achieving a Work-Life Balance.
Most of us working moms know that managing a full-time job outside the home as well as a family is a challenging task if ever there was one. This is especially the case in this day and age where the workday continues long past 5pm.
Yes, as many of us have realized, we’re “on-call” more than we planned to be these days. With technology allowing employers access to employees 24/7, it’s harder than ever to achieve the proverbial “work-life balance.”
That said, there are some tips and tricks that we can use to ease the burden somewhat and allow us to have that much-needed balance and maybe, just maybe, a little bit of “me time.”
Following are 10 things you can do to make your life easier, Good Enough Mother style!
Here’s An Empowered Thought: Everything I needed to know about life, I learned from 8 years of blogging.
I like almost all of the reasons. Some are better than others.
Take for example Reason # 6 – I couldn’t agree more.
After my son, Andrew, was born, I faced a question as fraught as formula versus breast milk. Could I climb the career ladder in sweatpants?
It started when an acquaintance questioned why I was sending Andrew to day care. “But you’re a writer. You can work from home,’’ she said. “You
wouldn’t need child care!’’ For a nanosecond, my heart fluttered. I could be a stay-at-home-working mom! I’d stroll with other moms, then toil while he napped. We’d play until dinner, and then I’d work all night —leaving just enough time to take a quick shower and go insane.
Moved by devotion to parenthood and career, I seduced myself into thinking I could be mom and employee at the same time. Working from home seemed like just the answer. And it was the answer, thanks to increased flexibility and no commuting time. But I didn’t give up my day-care slot. I couldn’t nurture a career and a baby, so I cobbled together an arrangement that (usually) suits me: I’m a work-at-home mom. Andrew attends care part-time, and my mom helps part-time. My office wardrobe is culled from the Kurt Cobain collection and I go hours without speaking to humans. Most days, I’m happy.