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?