Being a Working Mom During a Pandemic Part II

Where has the month gone? I read my last post about Being a Working Mom During a Pandemic Part I and realized how far we’ve come in 30 days. We left off with the overwhelming transition into homeschooling and remote work. It was a huge undertaking to get familiar with the Google classrooms, lesson plans and class conference calls. We’ve been joking that our daughter is having more conference calls than we are during the week.

All joking aside, it’s been a tough transition. I wonder how other moms and dads are managing everything each day. I’ve seen funny pics with kids climbing around during Zoom calls and attended calls where the presenter was locked in a closet to get an uninterrupted call done. Many parents have thrown in the towel on homeschooling all together. Continue reading

Being a Working Mom During a Pandemic Part I

Well that’s a title you don’t see every day. Being a working mom can be tough during any given week. Now that we’re in the middle of a global crisis, being a working mom feels like 5 more jobs at the same time. We shifted from going to work, school and community gatherings to working and schooling from home with complete social distance. That’s a lot to take in.

Like many working parents, I worked remote a handful of days out of the year. It wasn’t the norm for me, but when it was needed, I made the best of it and my employer was accommodating. It was a very abrupt shift to remote work and online school when it happened two weeks ago. I was already on PTO for a couple of days before the change and then I got the call that my office was for the most part moving to remote. As of this writing, I haven’t had a day back in my office for three weeks. Continue reading

Finding Purpose In Everything We Do

Have you ever set out to accomplish something only to fall short of the original goal? You planned. You organized. You tried, but it just didn’t come together. That’s happened to me and when I went back to evaluate what failed, I realized my quest lacked purpose.

Purpose is the ‘Why?’ behind what you’re doing. It gives everything meaning and makes a task or goal something that is bigger than ourselves. Purpose is the most important ingredient when it comes to developing your goals. Without it, you’ll lack clarity, focus and passion for what you’re doing. So how do you define purpose? Continue reading

Dream It. Plan It. Do It.

Have you ever been around someone who constantly talks about how busy they are? There’s so much work to be done yet not much ever gets accomplished. The conversations revolve around all the things on the list instead of actually working on it.

This thought process becomes a repetitive cycle of the perceived busyness versus being productive. So how do you break the cycle?

As we move into 2020, the resolutions will likely fail and we’ll fall back into bad habits. I know that sounds negative but the statistics about New Year’s resolutions are pretty bleak. Instead of another post about setting resolutions, I thought I’d share 3 steps to get started on your next accomplishment. Continue reading

A Look Back: Top Ten Reflection and Gratitude Blogs

It’s that time of year when everyone is rushing through the season. We survived Thanksgiving and now the crazed Christmas rush is well underway. It’s also the last month of the year and the last days of the decade. 2020 will be the start to new beginnings and the passing of old experiences. How will you reflect on 2019?

The last two months I’ve tried to slow my roll in every aspect of my life. I was stressed almost the first half of the year as I worked to obtain my Project Management Professional (PMP) certification and that led to some health issues. I reached the goal and then fell apart. I’m proud I made it through and also puzzled as to why I made it so hard on myself.

As we look into the New Year, I thought I’d share some of the blogs I wrote this year and from many years ago that are good reminders to slow down, just be and enjoy the moments that pass us by so quickly. Continue reading

Book Review: The Energy Bus

We all face challenges and adversity in our lives. Negativity can take hold and sabotage your thoughts, health and happiness. We have a plethora of research at our fingertips that describes how positive energy and positive interactions can improve our lives, make us more productive and increase our happiness. To create success at home or at work we have to overcome the negative way of thinking and that can be a challenge.

Written by Jon Gordon, The Energy Bus is an inspiring story about a man named George who has challenges with his marriage, his team at work and his life overall.

The story begins with a Monday morning and a flat tire. That flat tire and subsequent car repairs change George’s life because that is how he met Joy, the bus driver. George had no choice but to take the bus to work until his car was fixed. And Joy was no ordinary bus driver because she made it her mission in life to be an Energy Ambassador. She tried to energize everyone who came on her bus. Continue reading

Tips for Going Back to School

I’ve been in corporate marketing for many years. I enjoy working for small companies where I feel I can make a difference and collaborate with cross-functional teams. I earned my bachelor’s degree at a time in my life when my complete focus was on school. That wasn’t the case when I decided for study for the Project Management Professional (PMP) certification online.

I’m a working mom with two active kiddos and a full-time job. The thought of squeezing one to two hours of study time into my day made my head spin. I was at a point in my career I felt I needed to up my game and gain new knowledge in the areas that interested me the most. Continue reading

How Do You Define Success?

It’s the million dollar question that you have to look from within to define. Success is subjective. It’s an intangible that to some is only defined by the tangible. To others it comes from a feeling of accomplishment.

However you define it, Success Magazine is a good place to find the cornerstones of self-fulfillment that defines how we view success. I started reading Success Magazine a few years ago and have found their podcasts really insightful.

I’ve always had a fascination with people who have achieved greatness in their careers and lives. I’m not so much interested in the money or fame part though. What’s always interesting to me is the path taken to get there. Continue reading

A Mom’s Journey into Inclusive Play, Advocacy and Partnership

Inclusive playground visit January 2017.

Advocacy has many meanings. When I think of that word, I imagine protests in the streets to build awareness or a fight to right a wrong with a certain issue. It’s a way we rise up to support people who are under served. It’s how we support a cause to achieve a common goal for the greater good.

Parents with children who have disabilities are the strongest advocates I know. Between medical appointments, school IEPs, state rights and down to daily interactions in the community, we advocate for inclusion, support and compassion. A simple trip to a playground can be a battle of sorts when it’s not designed for all.

Our small town started promoting a new park build with a 10,000 square foot playground in 2016. I was so busy between my kids’ school, the work schedule and life I didn’t think much of the call for community comments. Continue reading

Planning a Petting Zoo Birthday Party for Special Needs Kids

Birthday party invitations are few and far between when you have child with disabilities. My daughter who is part of the SPED program at school has been invited to two birthday parties in the last 8 years. My son who is able-bodied and has a group of buddies he hangs with will get invited to birthday parties throughout the year.

Before we moved out of state from our hometown, it didn’t matter if the party invites came in for her because we had big birthday parties with grandparents, family and cousins. Living in Arizona, we don’t have that network so her parties became dinners with cake and a couple of my son’s friends. Continue reading