Theoretically as a mom, Mother’s Day is for me. But it continues to be a celebration of my own mom and not really much about me. Of course my children feel differently (which I love)!
My mom is the cornerstone of my life. When others recognize particular strengths in me, I owe most of it to my mom. She provided a positive foundation and she shaped me into the woman I am today, all based upon her dedication and diligence in being the best mom she could be. And what an amazing mom that was and continues to be!
As a child I felt as if I were the center of my parent’s universe, especially my mom’s. You may assume this meant my mom stayed home with me, but she didn’t. She returned to work when I was less than a year old and continued working full time up until a few months ago. At the age of 69, after logging over 40 hours a week at the same hospital she dedicated her professional life to for nearly 25 years, she retired. So how could I feel ...
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You see it everywhere, in books and articles, even full day seminars have it in the title. Quite frankly, it exasperates me!
It’s not because I don’t believe in having balance between work and life. In fact, I’m completely focused on achieving balance! I believe in it and continually talk about it so much that I’ve discovered a talent of weaving the topic of balance into nearly every conversation. And the past 18 months I’ve been on a journey to find more balance and as a result, I named my business Balance Point Coaching!
Balance for me began in grade school. I loved camping with my family – sleeping on the ground in a tent, being dirty and roasting marshmallows by the campfire. But equally as much, I delighted in the evenings my mom and I would put on beautiful dresses for a night out at the dinner theater. To me, this was balance. As a young adult I expressed to friends, “I can have a great time camping for days without a shower just as easily as I can stay in the Four Seasons and dine at the finest restaurants.”
My travel schedule became quite intense following a promotion I received a few months prior, and both I and my family were struggling with my lack of physical presence at home. I found myself the evening of Memorial Day packing my suitcase for another business trip. At the same time my four year-old daughter refused to listen to one of my requests and as a result, she was in her bedroom for a timeout. While this method had worked with my son, my daughter wanted nothing to do with it. I was still in search of effective consequences, but tonight I was going to stick with my decision, stay consistent and require her to be in her room for a four-minute timeout.
With her door open I could hear screaming and crying. I ignored her. More screaming. I still ignored her. But now I could hear something landing in the hallway. She was lobbing each and every stuffed animal out her bedroom door. Over and over again I could hear the bounce coupled with her screaming and crying. I was now the one bursting into tears!
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