First of all, welcome to my first official blog post on my new site!
There is nothing like an 8-week quarantine to clear the path for checking off some of those tasks on my endless “to-do” list. As a mompreneur (mommy/entrepreneur), these past two months have been harder than ever to juggle all the things. Not only am I stuck at home with elementary age (very active) kids, but I am trying to keep my business afloat, see clients virtually, cook, clean, homeschool, referee, and 100 other things that are now on my titanic plate (which sinks at times – no pun intended). I told my husband that I am purchasing them hoverboards, segways, or a trampoline, or I WALK. I’m not sure where I would walk to right now, but you get the point. After deliberations and years of refusing the trampoline, he caved and a giant bouncing contraption now sits in our backyard. At first, jumping on this novel toy was the first and last thing they did for days, but just like everything else, they’re not as interested. Awesome.
Part of me enjoys this time alone with my family but the other part of me wants to scream at the top of my lungs! And I do sometimes. But you won’t usually hear me because I try not to do that in front of you on my Instagram stories ;).
This pandemic has forced us to reevaluate our busy modern lives and put things into perspective. I am thankful for these daily lessons and grateful that I have a roof over my head, food in the fridge, and a healthy family, but I also have my moments just like you. I have to admit, I yell FML!!!! several times a day. If you don’t know that term, google it. I’m sure you are also saying this to yourself in some way shape or form.
This past Sunday was Mother’s Day and although this holiday is centered around moms, it should really just be called Women’s Day. You don’t have to be a mom that has given birth to a person to be celebrated. All women MOTHER someone, some thing, or a multitude of people and things in our lives because we are the toughest people on this earth.
Whether you are a mother to children, a teacher to a class, a healthcare worker to patients, a leader for a company or a cause, a caretaker for a person or a pet, a chef to customers, a mentor or preceptor for a student, an aunt or big sister, a fundraiser for a cause, a reverend for a congregation, a provider for those who are less fortunate, or just a source of strength for anyone, you are mothering and you are important.
But I want to recognize the fact that these Hallmark Holidays are tough for those that have lost a parent, never knew their parents, or don’t have a relationship with them. When we put an emphasis on a day dedicated to a mom or dad and that piece of your life is gone or missing physically, it can be even more difficult.
The truth is, ladies, we don’t need a day to recognize mothers and mothering because it’s just what we do. Every. Single. Day. So if you feel at all down on days like these, especially given the current state of our world, think of ways that you MOTHER the F out of something important and valid to you and you are making a difference.
I am fortunate enough that I learned how to mother people, places and things from my own mom, to be a source of strength for those who need me both in my personal and professional life, and to not crumble under hard times. I learned how to become a rock by being raised by a solid mama rock my whole life. I love you GG (that’s my mama, Gloria).
Happy Mother’s Day to ALL the badass women out there. You are killing it in Q and we are going to weather this storm and come out of it tougher than ever, toasting to our awesomeness with champagne flute in hand.