I was hanging out with a friend recently, and we were catching up on what was going on in each other’s lives. I talked about what was going well, but I soon began to discuss what wasn’t. I whined about how hard being a mom is and how I have too much to do and not enough time. I went on and on about it, and she stopped me and said, “I need you to show more gratitude."
The isolation of being a new mom was something I was ill prepared for. My fiancé travels often for work and only had about 5 days of paternity leave. My mom was only able to take a week of vacation time to help me out. A steady stream of visitors soon turned into a trickle. I was sleep deprived, frustrated and lonely. I needed to make some friends, but it wasn’t going to be easy.
As a mom, it can be extremely difficult to let go. However, one thing is inevitable—one day you’re going to have to let that baby bird leave the nest. One great way to give your kids greater independence and enrich their lives while keeping them close to home is allowing them to participate in a day camp.
I recently started reading Mom & Me & Mom, one of the last books written by the late, great Maya Angelou. I’ve been a fan of her writing ever since I read I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings as a preteen. So much so that I named my daughter after her.
Family is important for so many reasons. My fiancé comes from a large, extremely close family. They are there for each other when times are good and when they're not so good. They make it a point to celebrate holidays and milestones. If I'm honest, I was a little envious because I wanted that for my family.
The “b” word was once a huge part of my vocabulary.
“I can’t make it to lunch, I’m busy."
“I’m sooooo busy, there’s no way I can meet up after work."
“Sorry I can’t make it to the gym, I can’t believe how busy I am today!"
Growing up, I didn't view my mom and I as friends. We didn’t have inside jokes or share deep, dark secrets the way I did with some of my school friends. The way I saw it, she was firmly a provider and disciplinarian. It was a source of frustration to be because I remember having friends who did seem to be BFFs with their moms and dads. It was not my experience, but I knew it was possible.
Dinner, we all partake. Yet many young leaders today view this daily ritual much differently than generations of the past. What exactly does supper time mean to Americans across the country (and around the world). Check out this photo essay by Miho Aikawa to find out how dinner has become much more about a glimpse into our private lives, social habits, and personalities than it is nutrition and sustenance.
There's a lot of chatter buzzing around with what you can do to be happy. Here are some tips that will put a smile on your face today.
A recent article from the Case Foundation suggests that young leaders today are motived to be cause-driven members of the community by three top factors: "passion, meeting people, and enhancing their expertise." What does this mean for the Millennials who are just joining or are already members of the Y?