Today was an extremely inspiring day for me on many levels. I’ve been reading Lean In both in anticipation of BlogHer and because my women’s group at work discussed it last month. I’ve learned it’s time to jump on the rocket ship and take the ride.
By the way, don’t let me fool you. I have many pages left to read–good thing I got my hands on a discussion guide.
The day that I attended the Lean In discussion was not such a great day for my family. I was admittedly distracted and didn’t listen as well as I should have. My cousin (one of my mentors) sat beside me, both of us hearing a message that is amazing for women leaders like ourselves. But I truly think if we were to grab a cup of coffee (or peppermint hot chocolate) and really discuss it together, we’d learn that YES, we do have a seat on the rocket ship and are taking the ride.
So back to today. I’ve been waiting to talk to people at my company about our social media strategy and blogger outreach as part of my career path goals (by the way, if you don’t have an 18-month plan, get one). Today was the day I got to do just that, and now I understand the strategy a bit better. I’ve also taken a leap, jumping on that rocketship, and put myself out there as someone who can be of value. I let them know that I have skills and a desire to learn. Hopefully some of you will look to do the same.
At lunchtime, it was another gathering of our women’s group. This time, we discussed ambition and how not to lose it. One of the key things we talked about was having a network of people that support you. I couldn’t help but tear up a little thinking about my amazing network. There’s my cousin who is not only a mentor, a co-worker, a friend, a mother, but an all around loving and amazing person. There are my “wingmen” who help me through. My parents who are incredibly loving and supportive and have built a relationship with my kids. My family in PA and SC who have always been there for me, no matter what. There are the women on Twitter and in real life that I can turn to for advice (or to plan a cup of coffee with). I am lucky to have this network guiding my path and journey.
And then this evening I got to talk with two incredible women who are working on balancing marriage, motherhood, and busy careers. This was all thanks to someone else very important in my network, someone who has helped me in the blogging and breastfeeding worlds. (I can’t wait to share the story with you–you’ll have to watch out for my link to Life With Levi to find out more!) Thank you, Jen, for being a mentor and friend.
So tonight, as Greg and I get to enjoy some time together, I am not going to be able to stop smiling. I’ve leaned in. I’ve been offered a seat on a rocket ship and I got on. You can’t get to the stars without taking that first step–jump on. To all the women in my life who are wondering how we will ever do it all, stop worrying and just jump. It’s our time to shine and show the world what we’ve got.
Are you with me? Let’s lean in, jump on.