#MomLife - Working Smarter Not Harder in 2020!
Updated: Jan 8
Listen.. I LOVE being a mama. Not only am I a mom, I’m also a wife, full time marketing and communications professional, media personality and journalist. I’m a daughter, sister and friend and let me tell you, it’s not easy! As women, we are often all things to everyone and we may struggle to find balance and the sources we need to grow and be our greatest, most productive selves. Any chance I get, I make the effort to be a form of support to my friends and sisters who are not only mothers but bosses as well. We think differently than most. We are not only trying to give our families everything they need, we are striving to lead healthy lives mentally, emotionally, physically and professionally. There is never a dull moment in our lives and we often feel there’s far too much to do to stop for a moment and relax. So as the holiday season begins to wind down and we reflect on the past year, I thought now may be a great time to send some words of encouragement to all my super mamas out there. I wanted to share some of the tools I have use in order to stay well and a few I plan to apply in 2020 and beyond. 1. Eat Well and Stay Active - I know it may seem impossible at times because we are all so busy and always on the go. However, make every effort to avoid things like fast food and the temptation to lounge around instead of taking the time to take care of your body by staying active. 2. Don't Sweat the Small Stuff - It's super cliche but if taken to heart, it can really be game-changing advice. You'd be surprised how exhausting focusing on things of little important can consume both your time and your energy. Don't spread yourself too thin and learn to decided what's worth addressing right a way and what can wait. This is not to encourage you to procrastinate but rather to chill sometimes. Take your hands off of everything and give yourself some freedom!
3. Make Time to Make Memories - This is something that those of us who are always busy have to be intentional about. It's so easy to get caught up in the day to day that we miss precious moments. The last thing we want to do is be so consumed with our personal interests that we forget to make time for our families and especially our children. They are our legacy and a direct reflection of us.
Quick story - I recently attended an event at which Jamie Foxx was recognized for his lifetime achievement as the ultimate entertainer. While giving his speech, he said something that was so profound to me. He said that of all his achievements, he is most proud of the success is daughter (and only child) has had in her life. He reminded each parent in the room that how our children turn out is the greatest measure of our success.
My take away from that is that it doesn't matter if we dress them in the newest gear, or spend every dollar we have on the things that they may want. It also doesn't matter how successful we solely become or the accolades we receive. What is most important as parents is the character that our children develop and demonstrate as they grow. This means that we must act as a positive example and strive to give them what is truly invaluable in this life - our time and all of our love.