Guest Post: Start Your Journey to Ignite Mommy Energy

It’s a fun place, the blogosphere.  It has its share of crazies and there are certainly plenty of places to incite your rage or drive you bananas, but it’s also a place to find support and meet wonderful people that you likely never would have in real life.  One inspiring person that I’ve met is Liz McGrory, who I am honored to host today as she’s on her Virtual Book Tour for her recently released title, Igniting Mommy Energy!  She’s sharing her wisdom on how we can get started tapping into our Mommy Energy and make sure we’re experiencing joy on our working motherhood journey.  Welcome, Liz!


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I went on a long journey to become a Confident-Joyful Working Mom.  I have many stories about how I rolled through emotions such as Anger, Sadness, Anxiety, Fear, and Guilt.   In the end, I landed in a state of Joy.  Then my Mommy Energy ignited!  Anything was possible!  Like writing a book.  So I did!

Wait, let me explain what Mommy Energy is. Continue reading


Summer Priorities

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Sometimes, when life happens, blogging does not.  For the past two weeks we’ve had swim lessons every day after work, it’s been 88 degrees in our living room, and I’ve found myself putting aside the computer in favor of a little evening R & R with the fam. Continue reading


Beyond “Work Or Stay Home?”: The Three Questions To Ask

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Oh, {expletive}, I’m going to have to go through labor.” 

I’ll be totally honest.  That was the very first thing that popped into my head when I found out I was expecting for the first time.  If you know me personally you know I don’t typically use four-letter words, so that gives you a pretty clear picture of how freaked out I was about the labor process.

I’m sure you have your own memory of your initial, visceral reaction to that moment.  Your thoughts were probably varied and based on your circumstances and personality: surprise, excitement, elation, fear, confusion…maybe a mix of different feelings.

Though our experiences are all unique, what we likely have in common was that our very first thought was probably NOT “Will I go back to work or stay home?

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Evidence

pencil-152713_640Working mamas, we’ve all had that moment.

You know the one.  When the doubt creeps in, you feel that slow squeeze around your heart, and the voice in your head whispers “Am I doing the right thing?  Am I harming my kids in some way?  Would they be better off if I didn’t work?

And then we get those moments that assure us, “They are happy, they are loved, they are safe, they are fine.”

My moment of assurance came the week before school let out.  Continue reading


Why Daycare Isn’t “Raising My Kids”

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This post has been drafted in my head for awhile, but after reading a fantastic post last week from Breadwinning Mama on the worst thing you can say to a working mom, I felt like it was time to finally get it written. 

Sometimes, we’re a little over-sensitive and read too much into innocuous comments about daycare or working motherhood.  Other times, people make unintentionally hurtful comments coming from a genuinely well-intentioned but unaware place because they feel completely called to the homefront and couldn’t imagine life any other way.  And more often than not, miscommunication happens because both of the above scenarios happen at the same time.

Other people are just downright wrong about it.

These are the people who proclaim that women “throw their kids in daycare for someone else to raise.

Who else has a rage headache? Continue reading


Why Do You Work?

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Mamas, you need a reason.

You have to if you’re going to make it through the day-in and day-out of working motherhood.  You need a reason on those days it’s hard to drag yourself away from your kids and on the days that your job is tugging on your last thread of patience.

So today I want to hear about it.  I want to know – what’s your reason for working?

But here’s the catch – you can’t say “because I have to.” Continue reading


No Guarantees

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You know, this is a blog about working motherhood, so sometimes I think I should share more about the latest political issue or working-mom study.

But I don’t, and there are two reasons for that.

1)  I don’t have time to keep up with them all.

2)  That’s not why you come here.

While there might be some exceptions, I know most of you aren’t here to have your minds changed.  Continue reading


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