It appears things are getting back to normal – there are fewer masks at the local stores, restaurants are full and sporting events appear to be at capacity. The cost of flights is climbing, there are shortages with rental cars and pictures of summer vacations are starting to flood social media.
We deserve this, it has been a long haul.
It is a relief to move around freely and feel like we are putting this behind us.
But it is never quite that easy, is it?
We are only one positive test away from having all our perfect plans crumble.
My daughter was teasing my soon to be eighth grade son about going to high school in another year. He looked at her and said “who knows if I’ll even GO to high school”.
The seeds of doubt have been planted; nothing is ever truly guaranteed.
But as they say, “The show must go on!”
We must keep moving forward and transition to this next phase.
Offices are starting to open back up again. Some people I’ve talked to are relieved to be back around their coworkers and feel the energy of an office. Others I talk to are figuring out how to rework their schedule to accommodate a commute, childcare and juggling responsibilities from outside the house.
It feels like we are going “back to normal” but it is different, we are different.
We have the opportunity to make a change.
We can take what we’ve learned over the last year and apply it to our daily lives, so we don’t slip back into old habits that weren’t working.
This week, I will be on the Brave Women at Work podcast, where we discuss the impacts the pandemic has had on working women and on the responsibility companies now face. Host Jen Pestikas and I are kindred spirits with a passion for empowering women. I loved this conversation and I think you will too.
Then, next week, I will be a featured speaker in the Awakened Mother Series, launching June 21st. First a little background: Some of the things I have found really support me during this time are self- awareness, self-love and self-acceptance. So, when one of my dear friends and colleagues, Isabelle Bridges, asked me to be in her Awakened Mother Series, I was an immediate yes! What I LOVE about this one is it's focused on supporting moms in loving THEMSELVES and in waking up to how much they matter. Sooo powerful!
Isabelle has brought together wonderful speakers to share their expertise, including my interview “How to Move from Work Life Balance to Work Life Flow.” This is just the support we need in this moment! And best of all, it is free! Just click on this free pass to participate in "The Awakened Mother."
This is how The Awakened Mother Series works:
I am honored to have had the opportunity to talk with these two women. For me, this too feels like getting back to “normal”. The conversations are similar, I’m still talking about work life balance, flow and integration, but the context is different. I am different. To be honest, I still feel like I am figuring all this out on a daily basis.
If there is one thing we’ve learned – there is no normal. Life is a state of constant change. We can only do our best to adjust, grow and flow with what we are given. The best way to survive is to surround yourself with support, whether it be people, podcasts, books, or virtual communities, to affirm you are not alone and give you the tools you need to thrive.
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I started writing this blog because I wanted to have deeper conversations beyond "How are you?", "Busy", with other parents. Over the years I've shared personal stories, articles, authors and topics to facilitate conversations with parents about the joys and the challenges of parenting.