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Celebrating small things: My day as super working mom

Categories: Balancing Act, Working Women Issues


On this blog I often share the struggles and challenges I face as a working mom. It’s not easy, we all know that. But today I had one of those amazing days when everything seemed to work and as I sit here and type these words, I am experiencing an extremely rare emotion:

I feel like I rocked this day, as a mom, as a professional, as a daughter, and even as a wife.

Feeling like this is rare for me because I get through most days with this nagging feeling of not being adequate in any of the many roles that I play. You know the drill, I am sure: Not feeling like you did enough at work, or spent enough time with your kids, or managed to have a real conversation with your husband. Read any member article or blog or comment on Work It, Mom! and it seems many of us feel this way. And that’s why I wanted to share my small little victory of having one day when I don’t feel like that. It’s totally cheesy, but life is so full of difficult stuff that I feel we need to play up the good parts more.

So, about my day. I am sure you don’t want to hear all of the details, but here’s the gist:

In the morning I had breakfast with a friend whom I’d not seen in a while and with whom it’s important for me to stay in touch, personally and professionally. I then ran to my daughter’s school where I was the parent helper in her kindergarten art class. (If you ever need a serious pick me up, do something like this. No, seriously.)

I then drove to work, where I showed up with 10 minutes to spare for an important meeting which turned out to be extremely productive and positive, on many fronts. I managed to get a ton done at work, including some difficult stuff that I wasn’t sure I could tackle, and when I got in the car to drive home, I realized that I was going to be on time without breaking speed limits (well, seriously breaking). But there was less traffic than usual so I got home early, to my kiddo’s excitement, and we used the extra time to take silly photos of each other.

It’s my parents’ anniversary today and I managed to (a) not forget to call them and (b) have their present ready to go, with the much appreciated help from my husband. Phew.

And speaking of the husband, as soon a I finish this post and take care of a few other work-related things, we’re digging into some Mexican takeout and a movie. Well, not sure we can stay awake for the entire movie, but that’s not the point. We’re actually going to talk to each other without computer screens between us. A BIG accomplishment.

Maybe none of this super-womanish to you, and it probably isn’t, by most standards, but I don’t have many days when the stars align and I juggle all of the balls successfully, without dropping one. So here’s to more of them, for all of us!

When was your last super working mom day?

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5 comments so far...

  • You know what, Nataly? That is TOTALLY super-woman/mom of you. All of it. It’s truly the little things that get me by (and probably most of us, when we really think about it) and if I can add a day of positive little things all up, it makes for one exciting and awesome day indeed.

    So, congratulations on such a wonderful day. May you have many more!

    Phe  |  October 22nd, 2009 at 7:38 am

  • It is great when you have those days .. .all the stars align and the world seems right. Congrats on having one of those.

    Me? I haven’t had one in about a year. I failed at my marriage and decided to go through with a divorce. My struggle at being inspired by the daily responsibilities of my job. My finances and credit are so ruined it will take another entire lifetime to remedy it. On the flip side, I seem to have decent parenting skills and maintain a healthy VERY LONG distance relationship.

    When will my stars alight? Don’t know, but I sure wish I could have just one day soon when it does and I too will feel like a Super Working Mom

    Red Lotus Mama  |  October 22nd, 2009 at 3:37 pm

  • It is superwomanish to me, too! I’m totally impressed! I can’t remember the last time I felt like I really did great on all fronts. And just so working moms don’t feel like it’s just t hem, I’m a full-time SAHM (I do freelance/consulting work part-time from home) and I STILL feel that same awful feeling of not doing enough, or not doing well enough, in all the areas of my life. I always feel inadequate on some level. It’s very frustrating! So…congrats to you on your awesome day. :) I hope you enjoyed every second.

    Shannon  |  October 26th, 2009 at 9:44 am

  • You made my day! What an inspiration to know I am not alone in the hectic lives that we as working moms deal with. I know it’s no party for SAHM’s as well. I too have experienced the occasional day when all is in sync. Nothing is better.

    You are a total rockstar!

    Mary  |  October 28th, 2009 at 10:35 am

  • Thank you for sharing that. I think many of us relate deeply. By the way, you might find this inspiring too:

    I am a huge fan of talk radio, and am also a business person constantly looking for sound ideas for income strategies. So when I heard Janet Switzer (marketing mogul for the Chicken Soup Series) on Conversations Live with Vicki St.Clair recently it was really inspiring. Conversations Live with Vicki St.Clair is hosted on Seattle’s KKNW every Monday, noon PT.

    On this segment, Janet Switzer introduced her new book called Instant Income: Strategies that bring in Cash for Small Businesses, Innovative Employees, and Occasional Entrepreneurs. The book and her radio interview shares some 20 years of marketing and advertising experience that’s invaluable. To learn all about her proven business tips
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    Trish  |  October 28th, 2009 at 12:55 pm