When Life Gives You Lemons, Make Lemonade (original quote by someone’s grandma?) ……
……An absolute favorite saying of mine. I have always tried to apply these words to my life no matter whether it was something little or big. When the boys were infants, and I had a LONG day that did not allow me to shower or eat a whole meal or make a phone call, I took pleasure in a hot bubble-bath after I got the boys to sleep. When my grandmother died, I survived devastation when a few days later, I found out she would have a namesake when I discovered I was pregnant. Today, I was really going back and forth with what I should write on the blog, AND then my day changed because my husband forgot to send my son to school with a lunch (on the last day of school).
Summer is here! I hope that you all had a wonderful Memorial Day Weekend. Our weekend flew by — between swimming, eating ice cream, a family wedding, and pool party/cookout in West Virginia, I barely had time to breathe. It was fun while it lasted, but I woke up this morning on Tuesday with a giant sense of urgency. You see – my boys only have FIVE more days of school and that means that I have a lot to do in FIVE days!
The sun shines, the air is warm, and we do not have to BUNDLE in huge winter coats. Summer also creates chaos because school is out and if you have school-age kids, schedules drastically change. As moms (and dads) we scramble to figure out what out kids will do during the summer months, so we can eek out a little work.
Last week I put myself on video asking for mompreneur questions….thanks to everyone for watching me on the big screen (ugh) and commenting. I had one hell of a roller coaster week, and I thought that I would incorporate some of that into the answers. So, you want to be a mompreneur? – Here you go!
When I posted the video last Monday, there was no school for President’s Day. This was an expected day off, and I was planning on being with the boys. In fact, they each had a friend join us and we went to a movie fundraiser sponsored by a local kid. We even managed to sneak in a game of Monopoly,
and then it started to SNOW! I would say that this was where the roller coaster ride started. We woke up on Tuesday morning to 8 inches of snow and of course, NO SCHOOL!
Today is going to be 50 degrees – I will take it! RB
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.
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).