“Set your phone down.”
“Can you look at me when I’m talking to you or is the phone more important?”
“Why can’t you just switch it off?”
“Hello, I’m over here!!”
Sometimes good things in excess can be dangerous.
Can you even fathom the idea of not having a phone for the day? No emails, no dings, no notifications. Writing about it sounds freeing but scary as hell! I mean, I’ll be so far behind if I don’t have a connection.
You’ve probably heard and seen the multiple warnings to turn off your devices. If you’re like me you’ve rolled your eyes at the studies and at the people telling you. Devices have opened up the possibilities for communication, information at your fingertips, allows for quicker response times and prying into other people’s lives. HA!
Is it really that dangerous to stay connected to our devices 24/7?
The answer is a resounding YES.
As driven professional working moms, we often fall prey to over-serving and over-delivering. You get a high on accomplishing other people "To-Do's" but when it comes time for yourself you’re too tired, too overwhelmed and too depleted.
I realize you are faced with constant tugs and sounds of desperate callings, "Mom, where are you?!!," or, "Can you help me?” or “Will you do this?" or “Can you get me…??” This can even show up in your career in the form of unlimited text messages, emails, and long drawn out meetings.
As a mom, manager or employee is your position to serve thy “organization.” But, have you thought about by doing less you may be leading more? By creating boundaries you allow others to solve problems, become creative, effective and efficient. By creating boundaries you reduce the amount of time people crawl up into your space which helps to reduce your level of crankiness, frustration, and...
Kids screaming...“MOM, MOM, MOM!”
Phone notifications…”Ding, Buzz, Ding, Buzz”
Relationship demands, Career demands, Self Doubt and NO time for thyself.
These are the daily sounds and thoughts you hear and feel as a working mom.
In the era of wearing multiple hats, you stretch your ability to feel like you’re succeeding in all areas of your life. No matter how you divide your time you still feel like you’re failing at something, or with someone or with yourself.
These feelings compile into stress - actually, distress. Whether it is mental, physical, or chemical, chronic distress can be extremely destructive. When you continue to ignore the constant distress of life the hidden stressors can boil up in your body and have a massive explosion. It will show up differently for everyone but it can show up in the signs of weight gain, allergies, headaches, depression, mood swings, reduced immune system...the list...
Within minutes your job title became Professional Working Homeschooling Super WoMOM.
Our entire worlds were turned upside down when my hubby and I received the news our schools were closing through mid April. There is so much uncertainty and we’re not confident school will go back in session before the next school year! Thinking about the unknown sends chills up my spine and plagues me with a lingering headache.
I’ve connected with my Super WoMOM community because I know we are all feeling the same - overwhelmed, stressed out, scared, nervous, and encountering random symptoms - aka headaches, craving, anxiety...list goes on.
The coronavirus is not only affecting you physically but mentally and emotionally. You see the panic, you feel the panic, and are confused and conflicted.
On a regular day you're dealing with a hectic lifestyle that looks something like ripping the kids outta bed hoping they run out the door with pants, tripled...
Without exercise it is hard to reach your full physical and MENTAL potential.
Without exercise it is hard to reach your physical and MENTAL potential.
Before kids I used exercise as a tool to “maintain” my weight while I was consuming a lot of beer, popcorn and gummy bears. When I became a professional working mom over 10 years ago my first thought was, “Must exercise to lose baby weight.” After the first week back to work my thought process completely changed, “Must exercise to stay sane!” I needed an outlet to punch the air instead of a co-worker, haha!
I love having a career. I love the challenge of a career. I love to have adult conversations on a daily basis. I love adding value to an organization. I love to mentor and coach others. And, as a working mom, exercise has been my saving grace. My mental health and promotions rely on EXERCISE. :)
In this season of Superbugs &...
When I started taking the Coronavirus Apocalypse seriously, buying several months worth of toilet paper did not cross my mind!
...You know you’re a Foodie when you rather eat than wipe your booty with the softest toilet paper on the market. #tmi
What I've learned while becoming certified in health is that high antioxidants fruits and vegetables help to boost the immune system. When I went shopping to "stock up" for the Coronavirus Apocalypse, my cart was 100% proof that I’m a veggie freak.
My cart was not piled with toilet paper, wipes, bleach, or hand sanitizer. It was jammed packed with super high dense nutritious whole foods which I planned to use as natural weapons to protect my family. My primary purpose was to fill the cart with foods which are super high in nutritional value while having a long shelf life...just in case there is a major state wide shut down - yikes.
My Coronavirus Apocalypse...
I’m going to be VP by the time I’m 40!
I'm going to lose 25 pounds in 60 days!
I’m going to complete an IronMan!
I’m going to do a back-flip on my snowboard!
All of these are 110% achievable, yet 99.9% of people who dream about doing extraordinary activities won’t actually make it past day one of trying to achieve the audaciousness.
So many amazing intentions, yet so little accomplishment.
Many moons ago I became very intrigued with how the body operates because I was doing so many of the “right” things but still feel like sh*t? I exercised, drank tons of water and ate the appropriate amounts of fruits and veggies yet I continued to suffer from brain fog, leaky gut, extreme fatigue, blah, blah, blah. How could this be?
That started my quest of understanding how my body ticked. I immediately was drawn to nutrition and holistic health. My mission wasn’t to become a doctor but was to self educate...
Why in the hell are you wasting so much time on looking at recipes??? Let’s face it….you’re never going to cook it!! (I am 100% speaking from experience :)
There’s obviously nothing wrong with drooling at food on social media. My hubby & I are huge foodies and I love staring at food photos. But, in an effort to create space in my day for items which rank high on my priority list I started asking myself a serious question. “Am I really going to cook these dishes?”
Think about how much time you waste looking at “wishful thinking items” that will never materialize into a valuable outcome.
I use recipes as an example because I’m totally guilty of this and I hear a lot of other moms doing the same thing. I scroll through social media looking at recipes, my mouth starts watering, my stomach starts to growl, I save the social post in my “favorites,” hell I might even go as far as to type a few...
Seriously Mary...you did it again!!!
Once again I side swiped my own dream by giving time to yet another person’s dream.
I love helping people but there comes a point in your schedule where you have to draw a THICK line in the sand. Why? Because people will chew up your time like Cookie Monster going in for the chocolate chip cookie kill!
Do you pause before saying yes or no to something or someone? Or do you have a tendency to say “yes, yes, yes” or “I’ll just do it myself because I can do it faster and quite frankly better (wink, wink).”
Time and time again you prove to yourself that you can handle more because you continue to excel and you thrive in a stressful environment (I know, sounds sick but that’s just how we roll!) You like to please others because you know you have what it takes to take on the project and KNOCK IT OUT OF THE PARK. And let’s face it - doing “all things” gives you a...
Mommy, You’re So Fake
As a driven professional working mom you have many job titles and don’t get paid the big bucks for all your job responsibilities $$$ - well... the payment comes in different forms (staying positive here :)
Imagine a business card, about 4 font. Mine use to read, “Business Unit Director - Spouse - Gymnastics Mom - Basketball Mom - Lululemonista - Lunch Lady - Uber Driver - Handy Woman - Underwear Picker (you know - cuz the kids leave their underwear stuck in their pants) - Runner - Triathlete - Nutrition Freak - Wellness Coach - Snowboarded Chick - blahblahblah. My business card ran out of room for my extraordinary titles!!
Can relate to the longest business card title EVER??? I believe one of our long titles should be published in the Guinness Book of World Records. Agree?
The problem with this LONG title is I was giving myself a very confusing complex. I found myself trying to fit the mold of every...