We can all agree that we are living in a complex and unprecedented time, right?
There is so much going on in the world. 2020 has certainly been a unique year. For me, I find myself working remote and managing my three young children full time all while maintaining my sanity in light of what is going on in the world related to COVID-19 and racial issues.
As a working mom this is all so taxing, both mentally and physically. When I founded Career Mom Community, I established the theme, “Career Moms are ambitious women who rely on proper planning, strategy, and grace.” I remind myself of this more now than ever, especially the “grace” conclusion.
As working moms, we must show ourselves grace. The way I define grace is showing unmerited favor, love and kindness. I take the stance, “I don’t always get it right but when there are opportunities to learn, pivot and adjust I take heed”. This is one way that I show myself grace.
The other way is making the choice not to be so hard on myself. True story… Work has been crazy the last 3 weeks with off cycle requests, and I have been working super late. I’m talking 10PM type late. One day I worked through my daughter’s virtual dance recital practice and by the time I snapped back to reality, class was over, #momfail.
When I realized they missed an important opportunity to practice, I started to internally beat myself up about it which was not a productive response. I was able to stop the guilt cycle so that I could think more clearly and come up with a solution. That solution was to email the studio about a makeup class or one on one session with the teacher. I wasn’t able to fix everything, but everything did work out.
To my earlier point about not always getting it right yet learning. I took a moment to identify a gap in my daily planning process. The alarm reminder was not set in my phone for that week’s dance class.
Missing alarm reminders trip me up every time, sigh… Lesson learned…
My encouragement to you is to show yourself grace. Whether that means not being hard on yourself for a messy house, missed class, late hours, or hard decisions. Just show yourself some grace because you are doing an amazing job!
How do you practice showing yourself grace? Let me know in the comments below.
If you’ve followed me for a while then you know I’m serious about my planners, organization and time management. It helps me to balance life and make it all work!
Looking back on my experience, I was well intentioned but under prepared.
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