I started this blog because being a working mom can be hard, but breaking down my job as a higher education fundraiser into elements and activities that might resonate with 90 first graders gave me the opportunity to reflect on why I love my job and why I choose to be a working mom.
Most days as a working mom I feel overtired, under-caffeinated, overwhelmed, under-performing and barely holding it together. But at the end of the school year? At the end of the school year, I feel like I am being tested to within an inch of my limits. Everyone's going to be very lucky if the Farrow Family doesn't accidentally send Green eggs and ham served on a TCU platter with bits of chocolate and a flashlight in it on Field Day!
Earlier this year, my daughter had a day off from school, so I took the day off from work and we had a "Mommy/Avery Day." One of our many activities that day was going to a pottery-painting studio where we picked out matching cups to glaze. In my total Type-A way, I was meticulous in… Continue reading Overcoming Anxiety: Embracing Imperfection at Home and at Work
One trait common to all working moms: we have too many things to do and too little time to do them in. We are over-committed, over-scheduled and over-whelmed. In her book, Too Blessed to be Stressed, Debora Coty suggests that maintaining this frantic pace of life completely saps our ability to experience joy. I was… Continue reading Three-Step Process to Make More Room For Joy
I've read many articles online about how to make your morning routine smoother, including this recent one from workingmother.com that I really like. One thing that most of these article have in common is that they are all aimed at how we can make changes (faster hair and make up routines, preparing meals and laying… Continue reading How I’m Teaching my Kids Responsibility
A couple of weeks ago, our pastor said something that really resonated with me; he said that God wants us to take time out of our lives to celebrate and anticipate His blessings in our lives. I can think of no better time to do just that than on St. Patrick's Day. No, I'm not… Continue reading St. Patrick’s Day
We all have it. That nagging feeling that we are letting someone down: our children, our boss, our spouse, ourselves. When we're at work, we feel guilty that our kids are in after-school care; when we're at home with a sick child, or chaperoning a field trip, we feel guilty about not responding to emails… Continue reading 5 Tips for Minimizing Working Mom Guilt