Today is my 42nd birthday. And I'm quite happy about it.
Now I know not a lot of people are happy about getting older, but I happen to wear my age as a badge of honour.
I've accomplished a great deal in my life, thus far. And I'm pretty proud of that. I'm also proud to be a mom, who is exceptionally proud of her kids - and who they are becoming through each passing year.
I really think that birthdays are a time to reflect, a time to look back at what you have accomplished - and a time to look forward on what you have yet to do.
This Saturday, I will be heading to the River Rock for a Night Out with five dear friends. It's the first time EVER that I've decided to stay out with friends for an entire night out (since having children that is!).
But what's so important about the experience is that it is a chance to reconnect with friends, have some fun and a chance to remind myself that I am more than just a mom - I'm also me.
As today is Mother's Day, I thought it would be appropriate to post an article that I wrote a few years ago, about how a local ad in a newspaper would read if someone was looking to hire someone for the position of "MOM".
Desperately Seeking One Mom: Required Immediately!
This entails cleaning the floors and vacuuming (especially in the kitchen due to crumbs from children’s dinners and snacks that always make their way to the floors). You may need extra time in this area if pancakes, honey or juice is served - as all leave a sticky residue behind, where inevitably some unsuspecting guest will get stuck in it. Please note: You may need to clean the same area more than once during the day depending on number of times the children eat.
As well, laundry is to be done on a regimented basis to ensure that all family members have fresh clothes to wear each day. You may find yourself doing more laundry than initially intended, as the children tend to go through two to three outfits per day (see above re: eating habits) and may or may not include your husband, if it is a weekend.
Making the beds (this could sometimes be two to three times a day, depending on how many times the children jump on the bed and/or pull it apart).
Dusting is a must and cannot be overlooked. I stress this because it is a guarantee that the time you do decide not to dust, is the same day an in-law or friend will drop in to say hello and witness your bad cleaning skills......
This morning I was on Breakfast Television in Vancouver to talk about the myths that moms have about being the "ideal" mom.
We took some viewer feedback and some "on the street" ideas about what makes a great mom.
The funny thing is that the things that we think would matter to our children the most, really don't. For many viewers, it boiled down to time - ie, how much a mother gives of her time to spend with her children....
Whether you have children who are newborn or in elementary school and beyond - sometimes it's so easy to get wrapped up in our children's lives that we forget about us.
Many moms I have spoken to on the topic of "Me-Time" have either dismissed it as though they don't need it, or that its selfish to even factor themselves in to the family equation. Some also claim that they just don't have the time to do the things they want to for themselves anymore and put it off to do "down the road".
The fact is "Mommy time" is just as important for the sanity of you, as it is for the sanity of the entire family unit...
I have found since discovering Twitter, that my blogging hasn't been as frequent. What started off as a desperate move to avoid Twitter at every cost three months ago, has now become a daily ritual in my life desperate be a part of it.
Perhaps there are many reasons Twitter has become so popular in the last eight months - it allows you to communicate in short bites of information, you can stay in the loop with people and companies that you are really interested in - most most of all, it keeps you connected to people all over the world with various opinions, experiences and lifestyles....
For the next few days, I am on my own. My husband is on a business trip and I am finding it challenging to keep both my five year old son and my three year old daughter entertained.
Usually during the day, I am the one responsible for keeping them busy and getting them to their classes and playdates.
In the evenings, my husband takes over and plans some things for them - however, now that its just me this week, I'm finding it a bit challenging to keep them occupied....
Did you know that those air-fresheners you have been using for your home to sweeten unpleasant orders and leave your home smelling fresh - could be dangerous to your family's health?
I don't personally use them, as that was always my biggest fear - but studies now substantiate what has bothered me about them, and that is, that those chemicals in the spray are just plain bad for you....
Last week my son came down with a terrible cold/flu. Five days ago my mom came down with it, then my daughter, then my husband and now - yes, you guessed it - I have it.
The worst part is, I have been desperately trying to work through it - fight it. I kept working, I kept all my appointments with various things throughout the week - I never rested, protected myself and now I am stuck with laryngitis, a high fever and a terrible chest cold - now what happens?....
In November I will be teaching a course through Small Business BC. The course is called "The Entrepreneurial Mom - Running a Small Business". It is going to be taught at Small Business BC's Vancouver location and broadcast across the Province, by video conferencing.
I am very excited to be doing this as I have been such a strong supporter of Small Business BC, and all the resouces and classes they have available for entrepreneurs who are just getting started or are growing their business...