5 Ways to Live Your Dreams without the Fluff

Live-Your-DreamsAre you a dreamer, but already grown up? I remember being a kid and dreaming about becoming a championship horseback rider. I also wanted to ride skateboards for a living. I could do a mean 180 back in the day. I was a fearless dreamer.

I also became one of those young adults who didn’t know what I wanted to do. I went to college and obtained my communication degree. Yes, that’s communication not communications. There’s a difference. And then I fell into marketing and stuck around ever since. Continue reading

5 Ways to Thrive as a Breadwinning Mom

5 Ways to Thrive as a Breadwinning MomDid you know that moms are the sole or primary breadwinner in four out of 10 households with children? According to the Pew Research Center, women make up almost half (47%) of the U.S. labor force today, and the employment rate of married mothers with children has increased from 37% in 1968 to 65% in 2011.

The role of women in the workplace and home is constantly changing and the old tradition of mom stays home is being challenged economically and socially every day. Continue reading

Setting Boundaries You’ll Keep

I’ve been reading a lot about moms feeling overworked and struggling between career and motherhood and have listened to moms talk about it over the past few weeks. It’s so easy for us to strike up a conversation about work, motherhood and everything else in between. It feels good to know we are not alone with our struggles and our choices as working parents.

During a training I took last week, the topic of boundaries came up. The type of boundaries discussed revolved around setting boundaries with clients. How to be upfront, set boundaries as appropriate and then stick to them. Really, setting boundaries can be applied to ever aspect in our lives. Continue reading

Who Says It’s A Mid-life Crisis?

Close your eyes and imagine your  21 year-old self. Come on, humor me and take a minute to think back to that time. What were you doing? What did you want then? How did it feel? Scary, exciting or cool? Maybe you were  graduating college or working a full-time job. You may have already had a baby or about to get married.

I can remember being in college and feeling unsure about what I wanted to do once I graduated. Living in Silicon Valley, graduation meant going into a corporate job. What else would I do, right?

Now fast forward to today. What does that picture look like? Continue reading

The Interviews: Connecting Productivity with Purpose

Grace is a working mum of two from England and a life coach. She graciously shared her strategies to help us transform how we view the balancing act between career and motherhood. Learn how to be more productive when even when you feel like you’re already running at full speed.  

Grace Marshall

Tell us about Connecting you to your Clarity, Confidence and Calling.
These were the three things I lost touch with when I first became a mom. My focus was so fixed on my baby and his needs, that I forgot about myself. I lost touch with who I was, and ended up second-guessing my decisions, questioning my judgement and doubting my ability as a mother. Continue reading

Did You Take A Break This Week?

Being a working mom can feel overwhelming and stressful at times. Support is so important. I was able to break away for the evening Thursday night and enjoy dinner with a friend. I felt really lucky to do that after what had been a  pretty tough week.

I missed my babies, but I made it home in time to tuck my little guy in before bed. My little boo woke up in the middle of the night and I happily rocked her back to sleep, too. Those moments are priceless and so are the ones that give us the opportunity to connect with friends as well.

The truth is we won’t find the extra time to do those things we push to the back burner. A day is 24-hours no matter how we slice it.

We need to make and take the time to do the things we enjoy. It’s a great way to re-energize and reduce stress, too. I hope  you took a  break for yourself this week as well!

How did you get me time this week?

 

 

 

 

The Interviews: Holiday Cooking For The Working Mom

Noel is no longer blogging at Noel’s Kitchen Tips. Her original interview below still has useful tips for busy working moms.

Noel from Noel’s Kitchen Tips shares her ideas and suggestions for getting through the holiday season with ease. She’s a working mom of 4 with a lot on her plate (no pun intended!). You’ll see some incredible ways to meal plan and relax during the business of the holiday season.  

Noels Kitchen Tips

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What’s Your Self-Care Strategy?

Stress, sleep deprivation, fatigue, frustration and the feeling of overwhelm. Shall I go on?

We’re working moms. We have responsibilities at home and the office.  We’ve become pretty accustomed to trying to manage the load and then maybe, just maybe we find time for ourselves. Self-care simply means to take care of you, even when you are taking care of others.

What’s Your Self-Care Strategy? Do you have one? Continue reading