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We've Only Just Begun, Four Years Around the Sun #MondayMotivation

He captured our heart
Four years ago, I became a mother for the second time. Our son came in the world spontaneously, suddenly, and forcefully. Indeed, he arrived within an hour and a half of our arriving at the hospital. Upon examination in the labor and delivery room the physician told me to let him know when I wanted to push. He left the room and ten minute later, I felt that sensation and told the nurse. She was reluctant to get the physician because he had just been in there, but I insisted. The physician returned, broke my water, and there in spectacular appearance (after only two pushes) was my son--our son. And he was perfect.

And, although I wasn't sure that it was possible because I loved my daughter so very much, my heart expanded and my capacity for love grew.

But then, he wasn't allowed to go home.


Daughter, Please Continue to Believe in Rainbows and Unicorns

"Do you believe in magic in a young girl's heart"--John Sebastian

As working moms, we have seen the good, the bad, and the ugly of parenting and of life. We live in a world fraught with contradictions, even when we like our jobs or love our jobs like maybe Jessica Alba, Heidi Murkoff and even Ivanka Trump, we experience "mom guilt" because we can't be everywhere at once. And, even when we can afford to outsource some of our mom duties, we feel guilty because we are not there. And in all honesty, it's not just because the kids are disappointed it's because we don't want to miss a thing. 


On International Women's Day, Remember We're All in This Together

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With my sister, one of the best women I know! #sisterhood
"Any woman who chooses to behave like a full human being should be warned that the armies of the status quo will treat her as something of a dirty joke... She will need her sisterhood." Gloria Steinem

As a blogger, I focus on being a working mom and publish posts designed to help empower working moms, educate those who love working moms, and advocate for the policy changes we need in order to do what we do even better. Indeed, women are still fighting for basic human rights. We are fighting or the recognition that our experiences, our femininity and our health are worthy of discussion in the greater conversation and not relegated to a sidebar discussion about a "special interest group". 

We are women. We are here. We gave birth to every person on the planet and failure to include our needs and desires in every policy conversation is a denial of our humanity. Deal us in!


Thankful Thursday: Me and My Mama

Photo credit: Craig Ashby taken at book signing of "Dream Come True"

"My identity rests firmly and happily in one fact: I am my mother's daughter." -Spanglish

Everyone knows that it takes a village to raise a child. And for me, my mama, Cecilia Griffin Golden, is at the heart of my village.

Friday Tip: Make Black Bean Soup With Lime Shrimp for Dinner

Black bean soup with lime shrimp

Certain questions constantly plague working moms: 1) Should we even make the effort to fold laundry ever? 2) Is there a cosmic conspiracy to keep us running ragged?  and 3) What's for dinner? I can't answer the first two questions. However, I have answer to the last one and my answer is delicious and appropriate since it's Black History Month!