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moms do what it takes!

A quick post today…..starting with a video!  (I got a SONY bloggie camera, so I had to have a little fun with it….)

It is true ~ I am working on a post about what make a successful mompreneur (in my opinion), but I thought that I would just share my experience from yesterday. Yesterday was one of those days after school, in which I did have to be on a late afternoon webinar  (damn west coast).  I bartered with the boys for one hour of quiet.  I promised that if they did their homework quietly and then went to play downstairs while I took the webinar – dinner could be takeout from the place of their choice.  Guess What?  It worked.  Everything went seemingly well, and since I was not available – my older son even helped the little one with his homework!  After the hour, we had much discussion on the dinner choices, and the boys settled on Mexican takeout.  It ended up being fun for everyone!  Success Story #1!

Being a mompreneur or a working mom means you have to balance a lot, and like I say in the video – we do what we have to do whether it means answering emails in the car line or Mexican takeout.

While I put the finishing touches on my successful mompreneur post ~ Share with me any success stories you have when needing your kids to cooperate as a mompreneur or working mom.

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a few weather words on wednesday

As you know – I was in Los Angeles, CA last week for Spark and Hustle.  This was the palm tree outside the hotel.

Now I am back home in Pittsburgh, PA.  This is the view from my desk yesterday.

Which one makes you want to conquer your day?


a little re-prioritizing, laughter & venting on a SNOW DAY

Last week, I attended a webinar led by social media guru, Ann Evanston.  One of the main takeaways was — vlogging is in.  If you do not know what a vlog is – it is basically a  video blog.  A little panic set in me after hearing that vlogging was in because I really do not love making videos.  In an effort to offset making a vlog, I inserted a quick slideshow  (of my adorable dogs) in one of my blogs last week.  I knew that I had to make a vlog sooner than later, and it was on my list for today.

Except that today ended up being a SNOW DAY for my boys, and everyone was HOME!  Originally, today was supposed to just be a two hour delay for school, so when I prioritized my day, I still kept the vlog in the top 3!  Then, school was cancelled, and I thought what a great excuse of getting over the fear of vlogging than a day that has already gone hairy.  Why not have a little fun with my 2 little cameramen running around.  AND, fun was what we had.  The boys helped me with the first part of the taping, and when we lost sound on one part – I figured, run with it!  That is the theme of this day – run with it!

So, without any further introduction, I give you THE attempted SNOW DAY VLOG (unedited, run with it version).

I know that many of you, moms, are stressed today.  A number of you have touched base and shared your thoughts and stressors.  Sometimes, the best cure for chaos is to laugh and make fun of yourself like I did in my vlog AND/OR vent to a good friend.  Feel free to leave your SNOW DAY vent below!


woke up to snow, but not time for mini-marshmallows (yet)

Generally, I make it a rule not to take calls on family outings, but yesterday “prototype guy” needed to follow-up on a few important items before this week.  I should note that I was NOT driving the car, so I was able to answer the call in route to the destination. But, you try to keep 2 grade school boys quiet while you discuss bras! Before answering the phone, I prepped the boys about appropriate behavior and set the tone….I took the call with little interruption, but definitely a few giggles.

This adventure reminded me of a recent article that I read on the plus side of working at home.  The article was geared towards anyone who is considering working from home.  It was not focused on any specific gender or group, but made some overall blanket statements about working from home (especially for moms and dads).  The excerpt definitely included some great tax incentive information and offered little tidbits on the convenience of a home office.

While I agree that there are many benefits to having a home office (especially an entrepreneurial one), this article stuck in my mind.   The piece was missing several important details.  First of all, when a writer decides to write a piece like this, I think that they should specify their background before making recommendations to others.  For example, if a person does not have a family of their own and they are making statements about working parents, they should state that they do not have real life knowledge of this particular area.  Admitting that you do not know something first hand or may not be the expert in a particular area, actually gives you more credibility.

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hurricane, tornado, or microburst – what is your style?

I started writing this last Friday 10/22/1010

When I first met my husband, he called me “the hurricane” because I moved at such high intensity.  This week, I attacked my new project and my family life at hurricane speed. I was fairly productive, but realized that next week – I have to start making lists.  Why?  Because when you are no longer a single gal, but rather a couple or family member, you have to prioritize.  You cannot wait until 9 p.m. to order dinner, you have to remember to pick your kids up from school, and you need to check on your aging parents or in-laws. Next week, the goal is to learn how to work in “microbursts.” I would describe “microbursts” as being short intervals of work that are highly productive (with Starbucks coffee breaks in between).

 

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