If trying to do it all as a mom, wife, daughter, sister, friend, and co-worker sounds like you, perhaps you were be interested in checking out the article above and Deborah Spar’s new book, Wonder Women: Sex, Power, and the Quest for Perfection (which can be found here on her site).
I know I’ll be trying to get myself a copy and get the spare time to take a good read of it, especially after the past few whirlwind weeks!
Good morning, readers! Last night I gave you a ‘lil spoiler to a HUGE (for me, anyhow!) blogging opportunity I was undertaking in my post about Leaning In and Jumping On. The opportunity was to spend time talking with two motivating women, and now (finally!) I get to share it with you.
In case you didn’t know, I am a busy mom and spend time working, mothering, daughtering, granddaughtering, friending, sharing, volunterring, advocating, and blogging. Because my friend Jen is so awesome, I get the chance to be a brand influencer over on her blog (Life With Levi), too. A new brand is coming out, and I got to talk with the creators of the brand, ladies you just might know, Tia and Tamera Mowry!
Since “Sister, Sister”, I have been inspired by them. Now, they are busy moms like me and working on careers, the spotlight, and being moms and wives (you MUST check out photos of their adorable ‘lil boys). But first, check out my blog about our chat. I promise you’ll enjoy it: Motherhood with the Mowry’s.
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.