Trying To Do It All: A Printable for Working Moms versus SAHM {Day 1 of 31 Days}

My Mom Made That: 31 Days Logo

I grew up with a working mother.  I don’t remember my mother not working.  I believe that she only worked part time when I was an infant and toddler-aged, but I’m not sure.  I also grew up with a liberal feminist mother.  I remember being taking to an ERA rally when I was only 3 or 4-years-old. When I was in high school, I thought that only women who were weak-minded, or slow decided to stay home with their children.  Why would anyone stay at home with their kids, when they could be working?  When I was 18, and just starting college, I did honestly think that the goal of life was to be a Superwoman.  A Woman Who Did It All.  I wanted to have the job, not just a job, a good career.  I wanted to be at the top of my field.  I wanted to be a wife who kept a perfectly clean house that was beautiful decorated.  I wanted to be a mom with two or three well-behaved, brilliant children.  Boy, was I naïve!
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Finding the “Is” in Life: A Printable

Well, I’ve talked on other posts recently about my life transitions, and my words of pause and balance.   I’ve decided that a lot of my frustrations over the past two weeks are as much about Monkey’s horrific acid reflux, on top of some work stress, as they are about my new role as a SAHM/WAHM.  I had one of my bimonthly visits into the office, and had a long day away from the house (and of course, the baby), and gained some new perspective.  It’s amazing what getting out of the house, particularly at the end of February will do for your outlook on life.

I also had lunch with a colleague from work last week, and we were talking about challenges with several projects that we were working on.  We both agreed that a lot of times that we have expectations of the way things are supposed to turn out– we envision the end result before we get there, and then are disappointed when the final product isn’t what we anticipated.  I thought she had some very sage advice, when she mentioned that focusing on what we think should be rather than working with what the true end results are.  Now granted, she was talking about our jobs and research, not everyday living.  She  mentioned a quote during our discussion:

A man should look for what is, and not what he thinks should be.
~Albert Einstein

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Weird True Love: A Printable

Well, I was returning yesterday from the Target pharmacy where I had stopped to pick up Monkey’s acid reflux medicine.  Bless his little heart, he is the happiest of babies, but he does spit up, and sometimes it makes him quite uncomfortable.  As I was walking back to my car, I saw a quote written on the windshield of someone’s car.  It read:

“We’re all a little weird. And life is a little weird. And when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall into mutually satisfying weirdness—and call it love—true love.”

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Pause: My Word of 2013 {Printable}

Take a moment.

I hadn’t considered my word for 2013. I wasn’t even planning on having a word. I had other things on my mind. You see, I’ve been busy. Busy juggling. Juggling the Monkey and the holidays, travel to visit family out of state, and Frogs’s extracurricular activities… and so on and so forth.  And then a week ago, I had to prepare to go back to work.  Technically, I returned from maternity leave at the start of December, but then had several weeks off for the holidays, so a week ago on Friday was my first real day back.  I was nervous.  In fact, that’s a gross underestimate.  I was terrified.  MM and I talked and talked, and I had come to the conclusion that I needed to re-evaluate my work-family balance.  Working full-time after the arrival of Monkey had become an untenable position.
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