Working Mothers It’s OK to Still Dream – In Fact, You Should
Working Mother Magazine just released it’s list of “25 Mothers of Reinvention” and I am super excited about it. What girl doesn’t love the thought of reinventing herself. Sometimes, all it takes is a new hair cut, or even something as simple as tube of bright red lipstick. Sometimes, it’s a new attitude.
But for these mothers, it’s revamping themselves personally and professionally. It’s going beyond a new tube of lipstick and taking a big leap. There’s actress-turned-entrepreneur, Jessica Alba, whose Honest Company products are awesome and toxin free. There’s musician Erykah Badu, who is a certified labor doula–who knew?! (My favorite!) fashion designer, Tory Burch, was once a fashion marketing exect. Then she decided to launch her own line. Now she’s a billionaire. There’s Lisa Price, who once worked as an assistant TV writer. I’d never heard of her, but I have sure heard of her line of natural beauty products called Carol’s Daughter. And there’s quite possibly my favorite pick of all, Gretchen Rubin, who wrote the blockbuster book Power, Money, Fame, Sex and one that’s on my “need to read” list: The Happiness Project.” I love how she’s all about happiness and positivity and the journey of becoming you.
What I love most about these moms is they were able to see beyond just juggling a career and children. Yes, many of them have opportunities that many of us don’t, like billionaire investors or an entourage of helpers. But I think what really helped them turn their dreams into big, successful realities is the simple fact that they have dreams. How many of us stop dreaming once we have the family? How many moms just settle into the slump of day-to-day life, biding our time, thinking we’ll do something for ourselves when either our kids or our jobs need us a little less. But why do we have to choose? And why do we have to wait. I don’t think we do. I think it’s just easy to get bogged down by the hustle and bustle of life, just trying to keep our heads above water. And I think that’s the point of being a “Mother of Reinvention,”–that we can be whatever we want to be AND still be a great, involved wife and mother. If we’re working on ourselves and not just neglecting ourselves, I suspect we’ll hold our heads higher when wearing all of our many hats.
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