Basically, the story started 13 months ago when I found out I was expecting a baby, and my existential crisis began: What did it mean to be a good mom, and how was it possible to be a good working mom.
Let me not imply I have this all figured out yet. I’m here because stuff gets dredged up by living the life of a working mom, and writing helps me to make sense of it all. I’m here to spearhead a community that exists with consistency, truthfulness, and mutual encouragement. I’m here because the women who reached out to me when I was on the cusp of becoming a working mom, to help me find my way in the very dark, are the only reason I can truly hold my head up as I kiss my sweet baby boy’s wet lips each workday morning and say goodbye.
I’m here because we need each other to do this whole work/mom thing well.
I’ve always been into reading the mommy blogs, but once I knew I was expecting, it didn’t take me long to start feeling a dissonance as I read — by and large, these moms were Stay At Home Moms, or Moms whose main work was their blog (which is totally awesome, and yes, I still envy you!). Once I realized it was unrealistic to compare myself to them, I decided to look for some “Working Moms” blogs. And I couldn’t find much. And most of what I found was updated a year or 5 ago.
That’s because it’s hard to have a career and be a mommy and then give of yourself even more to something. I get that. So how am I going to do this? One week at time. I asked myself if I thought I could update once a week? Maybe more… but no less? Can I do it? Well, it might be hard. But it’s more realistic than the daily or 3x/week update. I can make that weekly commitment to my fellow working moms.
Here’s what I have planned, sort of loosely:
- Story-telling: I’ll tell you my stories. I want to hear yours! Sometimes I’ll write on a topic that impacts working moms. Other times I might vent to you, and you’re sure welcome to vent right back (I really hope you do).
- Book reviews: I’ve got a big stack of books about working motherhood. As I read them, I’ll let you know what I think.
- Interviews: This is the one I’m most excited about. I want to bring you the stories of other working moms. ALL MOMS WORK. We do so in myriad ways, and I think we can get a lot of encouragement from the sheer variety in our midst.
- Product reviews: Sometimes a little pocket change is the perk of being a working mom. If we have to work, are there products out there that can help us be better at juggling it all? If so I aim to find them, try them, and share them with you.
- Message board: We’re women, we’re moms, let’s talk about what matters to us!
The only rules here are that we must be honest, respect our differences, and treat others the way we’d like to be treated.
The only way to be the best moms we can be, and the best career women we can be, is by banding together to empower and encourage. So here … we … go!
Oh but before I go… Here’s the boy who made me a mom: