I've been working since I was 15 (24 years old when I was officially in "marketing") and now at 47 I'm currently at home working harder than ever while trying to figure out what is next. Follow me through my new adventure.
Monday, October 8, 2018
"I'm a Mother ____ Woman, Alright."
This song is strong and it's spot on. This is who we are. This is who I am. This is who I want to be. This is who I need to remember I am.
I'm heading into 2017 differently than I've begun years in the past.
For starters, It's January 11th, and I haven't even started my annual January 1st Vision Board (though I've thought about it a lot.)
I am still unpacking from a ski trip we took to Sun Valley over a week ago.
I'm still putting away Christmas decorations - and it does appear, our decor has tripled in size.
I'm moving around furniture like a crazy person. I have this STRONG desire to clean, organize, and purge.
I'm also (again) kicking of Weight Watchers and am motivated to lose 30lbs by September. I can do it, right??? (I little support never hurts.)
But, I'm also staying on top of what's happening in our world more closely. Don't get my wrong, I've listening to NPR & BBC regularly, but it's different now. I'm listening to Potus, watching legit news, researching 'articles' that are posted on #facebook or #twitter before I react. And also, trying to listen to both sides.
I did not vote to Trump - But I'm trying to be the change I want to see. I'm trying to not just sit in the bubble I've been in for the last 8+ years. I'm trying to stay connected and in touch with my country that I feel so detached from. I'm hopeful that if everyone - either side, listens and questions and stays involved, the next few years will be okay for me, my family, and my country.
I encourage you to do the same. I encourage you to lead with kindness and love. I encourage you to the be the change you want to see. Let's make 2017 a different year than some our predicting.
Recently our 6 3/4 year old daughter and I had a girls movie night. We snuggled in bed and turned on the laptop. We searched through Xfinity, Netflix, and Amazon Prime to find the show she would choose.
...And she chose a Lego Movie called Cosmic Clash. Now, keep in my mind our girl rarely choses anything related to Lego. She leans 99% of the time towards more the more feminine type of plots - and has for the last few years on her own accord, so honestly, I was some what excited about watching something different.
The movie was fine, but that's not my point. Here is what she picked up on in the middle of the movie...
"Mommy, why do the girl Super Heroes have to wear underwear or skirts - and the boys get to all wear pants?"
She's right, why? I mean, sure the Super Hero Legos are based off of Marvel Comics, but they could have, I mean, they're Legos, made a few creative changes.... It's not like the Legos look truly like the comic books. Why couldn't Wonder Women be wearing pants? or at least tights?
Our daughters and sons are paying attention to everything that is happening today in media and on the news and what we talk about at home. The idea of a positive role models isn't just in the toys and shows they play with and watch, but also what we as parents are talking about and listening to.
Speaking of paying attention, she's so excited to have a female Presidential candidate, she jumps with JOY every time she sees a sign or a sticker - a Woman Candidate in pants I might add.
So I can say I stand with my Daughter, I stand with Hillary, and I stand with all Women and children today. #Imwithher
After packing lunch, getting our girl and myself dressed, letting the dog out, driving to school, doing my volunteer traffic duty at school; I met up with some girlfriends to SUP on Lake Union. We hadn't gotten together on the lake in almost 2 years...so it was time.
My girl Traci said it best, "Thank you both for being a friend that we can pick up where we left off!..." And she's right. It felt like it was the week after the week we did it last time. Paddling, talking, catching up, and just being girlfriends. It felt amazing to be on the water in the beauty of our city in the sun watching sea planes, kayaks, and boats go by.
Sometimes you just have to take the time and do something different in your week...and if you can do it with girlfriends, even better.
Photo Credit: Obviously a selfie by me... by my iPhone that was saved by Ziplock bag which I carried in a bag which I chose to carry for some odd reason. Which btw, saved my iPhone later when I fell in.... Stephanie is obviously laughing about something hysterical. I love this picture. Traci, not pictured, I'm sure is smiling too.
I feel like the white rabbit....I'm late, I'm late....for a very important date.
I have this 'blog' (*do we even call them that anymore? Seems like so yesterday.....) Actually I have a few blogs and have had other blogs and usually only update this blog, but haven't in awhile.
I've been busy.
"Busy doing what?" you ask....
Busy doing Kindergarten.
"You're not in Kindergarten!" you say....
Of course not, but our girl is this 2015/16 school year- and well, in case you too have no clue what that first experience is like having a child enter the school system (*and no, preschool does not prepare you enough for what I'm trying to explain...) you have no clue.
You don't know what it's like to meet the new parents, the new crew. Have your child make new friends, new play dates. Have a new routine. Have the child tired in a new way. Paperwork. Binders. More paperwork. Homework (*yes, in Kindergarten.) And more...
Plus we sadly- but gladly -made the decision to pull our little girl out of the very confused and not effective for our family Seattle Public School District and send her to a private school over Christmas.
So basically we're starting over again.
So....it's time to let you know that Kindergarten will kick your sweet butts, but it's also amazing too. You see your kiddo grow in a way you never even could expect (*and sleep hard again!)
Every summer since our daughter had been in preschool I had put her in camp. This summer we were in a different part of the city and my husband and I thought it would be best for our girl, our fish, to get acclimated to the neighborhood and attempt swim team. Swim team a sport I had done from 8 years till 18 years old. A sport I looked forward to every summer growing up. A sport that still gets my heart pumping when I get the smell of chlorine.
But would it be the answer to our new community getting to know everyone effort? And would she enjoy it? And love it as much as I did/do? Would our girl meet other kids and make friends? Would I lose my mind not having 4 or more hours weekly for myself?
Our girl was apprehensive at first. "What if I can't swim the whole pool Mommy?"
BUT then, it just clicked. And our summer would never be the same.
I don't miss the 3.5 hours of freedom in our old neighborhood after camp drop off and before camp pick up. I replaced those hours with chats around the pool with other parents, smiles when I saw our girl figure out to dive(ish) vs belly flop, and internal giggles when she wondered why she wasn't the fastest 5 year old in the 8 and under category.
The season for us just ended and our girl asked, "Mommy, I'm so sad swim team is over. When can I compete again?"
But then I explained the pool is still open till September -- AND Mommy is attempting an Adult Meet Saturday, and she's happily moved on. Now my 'Coach' is showing me how to dive and kick harder out of my free style flip turns. I guess I could say our fish is hooked.