As the holiday weekend approaches and signs of summer start to pop up, it is a great time to reflect on business so far for the year. At almost the half-way point through the year, it is an excellent time to re-evaluate goals and expectations. As you know, I went from being a stay-at-home mom, volunteer, and basically the mastermind behind my house to launching two separate mompreneur driven projects. I began with taking my idea and developing the Braducts…. this led to the beginnings of Back’nGrooveMom. Both are very much in the early stages, but nonetheless, it is still great to re-evaluate at this point.
What is all this business with being back ‘n the groove anyway? What does it all mean? As women, as moms, & as spouses/partners, how do we define a space for us? How do we know when that space is in our groove? Sometimes, as moms, we spend too long in one space, and we need to find our groove in a new space – whatever that is…it is a new realm where we feel great…maybe even groovy.
Whether we work outside the home, inside the home, or stay-at-home, the life cycle is continually on the move for moms. We are masters of multi-tasking and our skill-set is constantly being refined and updated NO matter what we do professionally or personally. I remember a few years ago, over cupcakes and coffee, a good friend told me she was going back to work part-time. It was the right time for her and she discovered her groove excellently! I always admire how she makes it all happen….kids, husband, work, fitness, time for friends. A constant reminder to me and all of us that life is fluid in nature, and with each phase, we redefine the groove.
Here on Back’NGrooveMom, I am always open and honest with you, my readers, regarding my transition and the absolute craziness of being a mom and a mompreneur. As I embark on some changes and additions on the site, I wanted to share a really special story with you all. Back’NGrooveMom is a place for all moms who need to jump-start their groove whether it be right after baby #1 or after years of staying-at-home.
Having a baby, becoming a mom, and balancing it all with a career is an extremely difficult task on its own. Coupled with postpartum depression, all of the aforementioned can seem nearly impossible. We often keep postpartum depression very quiet and private, but today’s featured mom bravely describes her transition with baby #2, postpartum depression, starting her own business while working, and finding her groove all over again!
I have been wanting to write this post for sometime….it is a post that I like to think of “Half-Ass is OK.” What does that mean? “Half-Ass” is an expression that a good friend of mine who should remain nameless encourages me to subscribe to related to things that do not really matter in the whole scheme of life. Take for example, making the beds. Over the last year or so, I have been encouraging my boys to make their own beds in the morning, and then after they would leave their room….I would sneak into their room and remake the bed a little more neatly. GUILTY! Not only is this a huge waste of my time, but really “Who cares?” Certainly my boys do not care, and if you visit me – are you really going to inspect my boys’ room?
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Yesterday I thought it was grilled cheese day at school, and I sent my 7-year-old to school without a lunch.
Last night I went to brush my teeth, and we were out of adult toothpaste (kid’s toothpaste is awful).
Yesterday I skipped my workout, so I could enjoy a haircut in the middle of the day.
Last night I went to sleep with the dishwasher clean and full AND dirty glasses in the sink.
Happy Monday Morning Readers! Yes, it is Monday…back to work, back to school, back to the grind. For moms, this is sometimes a relief after an exhausting weekend of playdates, activities, errands, cooking, and fingers crossed – a date night. I am particularly slow-moving today after a very stressful few days, and I am determined to have a tiny bit of fun and letting go on the blog today. Introducing a fun way to get rid of the stress —
Daily Life for moms is extremely hectic and often times, STRESSFUL. No shit, you say. I just wanted to make sure that we were on the same page. I have talked about relieving stress (yoga, exercise, all the usual suspects) before, but today I wanted to take a new angle. Today’s topic is SEX! Come on Backngroove-readers, I write about 3 topics: mommies, mompreneurs, and my work on lingerie-related products. The Sex Talk was bound to happen sooner than later.
I have had a crazy week filled with business plan writing and office supply shopping. Woohoo! To quote Justin Timberlake, I am “Bringing Sexy Back” one office supply at a time. For me the theme of the week has been Need versus Want. When working on the sales plan for my upcoming braduct, I have been flushing out whether my product is a need or a want. Then came my trip to Office Depot to buy a file cabinet that I needed, but I also bought a fancy purple stapler and “backngroove” pink file folders (clearly a want). However, it could be argued that I needed these items. I did need folders and a stapler. Not necessarily the stylish ones that I bought, yet on the other hand, I am creating a brand. A feminine, lingerie-esque brand that possibly needed pink and purple office supplies. I know — keep telling myself that.
When examining Need versus Want in any aspect of life, business or personal, could it be that we convince ourselves that something is a need when it really is want? Can an item be both a need and a want at different times? I made a quick slide show of a major part of my life to examine this argument.
There is a lot of talk about New Year’s Resolutions all over the blogosphere. I was trying to avoid it, but it seems as though I cannot. I try not to make the usual resolutions: exercise more; eat less; lay off the wine; call my mom more or less because once I set the resolution, it seems to become a major focal point of mine. As in the old saying, “Forbidden Fruit is the Sweetest”, that is what happens with my resolutions. Traditional Resolutions are usually about giving up or limiting something. The more I try to limit myself, the more I think about what I am trying to avoid. Earlier this week, I had the smallest thought of trying to give up sweets, and the next thing I know, I am arranging for a cupcake date on Friday with my cupcake eating friend (you know exactly who you are). MMMMM…I am dreaming of cupcakes from Vanilla already.
I guess that is what is happening with trying not to blog about resolutions. The more I told myself that I was not going to do it, the more that I had a desperate need to write about my resolve for 2011. So – here you go…