I’m feeling inspired after five full weeks of amazing advice from working moms. My Full Life has been such a fun series for me and selfishly, I’ve learned so much!
Today I’m sharing my takeaways from this series so far. I hope you’re learning as much as I am!
Enjoying what you do does not make you a bad mom- it makes you human.
When Denise said “I was SO ready to get back to my job. I love what I do, and I felt like it was the first step in feeling “normal” again. That didn’t make me a bad mom. It made me human.” I nodded right along. As always, she took my feelings and vocalized them for me. Remembering that it’s ok to be fulfilled by both work and motherhood is a great lesson to learn.
Being a full time worker doesn’t mean you get to be a part time parent.
I’ll admit that at first when I went back to work, I tried to keep my “lives” separate. Eventually I learned to integrate all of the areas of life and just be me and I’m better for it! Carissa’s statement reminded me of this fact and of the lesson I had to learn. Being a mom is part of who I am, and if that means making a few personal calls at work and working after bedtime to keep it all together, that’s what needs to happen.
Leading by Example
Katie described her inspiration for being a working mom in an extremely admirable way: “Being an athletic trainer is a part of my identity. Being a mom has helped me care for other people. For the time being I am doing what I am meant to. I am meant to help athletes stay healthy and help them to grow into adults. I also think it is great to be around 40+ female athletes and show them I can be a full time athletic trainer and a full time mom”
I loved this and love the lesson behind it- you’re a role model! Teaching my son what hard work means and how to live a full life inspires me and this statement reminded me.
I try to focus on the positive and enjoy the time I do have with them. I am careful to be intentional about focusing on them when I have the time and not take for granted the moments we have together!
Here’s the hardest part of working motherhood for me, feeling like I’m never enough. Amanda described things perfectly and I wholeheartedly agree. I feel like I never have enough time, and for me I try to focus on quality over quantity. And that means trying my best to be present.