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Me and my daughter Motherhood is harder than it needs to be. This is partially because of the inexcusable work/life policies in the U.S., but also because of our own outsized expectations. We are living in an age when the ideal mom is a mash-up between the helicopter mom, the corporate exec, and the earth mama — and there's just not enough high-efficiency, low-emissions biofuel to go around.  –Elissa Strauss,  Why I don't want 'mom friends' We just celebrated "Mother's Day" and honored mothers and other women who help make the world and our families a better place. Every year at this time, I think about what mothers really need to be successful and independent. I say, "independent" because developing policies and legislation that are premised on the notion that all working moms have supportive families and/or spouses is not in the best interest of working moms. Instead, Corporate America and Congress should develop policies and legislation that p

One Secret to Working Mom Success: Don't let the Holiday Season Magnify Your Insecurities...

Holiday Card 2023
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"Holidays are about creating cherished memories with loved ones and finding magic in the simplest moments." – Jeremiah Say

Taking photos for holiday cards have provided me with cherished memories since 2011 and those memories have filled my life with magic! That said, last year, the tradition was interrupted, people noticed. And, I have regretted it ever since.

Last year was the first year that I failed to send out holiday cards in thirteen years. And in truth, I felt like a freaking failure last year and the feeling has persisted since last year.  I missed the season last year because of poor planning. I take photos of my kids constantly. And yet. failed to identify any of them worthy for a holiday card. After receiving some from friends though, I realize my quality bar might be too high... I digress though.

This is my blog where I tell the truth. And, I am telling you that despite all of the posts since last December, the unspoken truth has been my shame and embarrassment--despite the understanding I received from my family and friends.

Please spare me your feedback about how I am worthy because I am a child of God and I truly don't need to subscribe to such secular notions worthiness or success. Pray for me.  Because if my spiritual walk is supposed to make me not care that I failed to send out holiday cards last year, I am not there.  Period. WOW, admitting that felt all kind of right!

This year, I am BACK!!!

Also, while I welcome all comments. Any comments about how my husband should be a partner in holiday cards and compensate for my shortcomings are not really welcome. 

For the trolls who read this blog in order to discuss its content with him, ask him about his involvement in such cards and whether he cares that we failed to send them last year. I don't think he even noticed! :-)

For everyone else, know this, this year, I vowed to compensate for last year's failure. I reviewed the weather forecast, got outfits, bribed children and ensured that I made the deadline. I learned this lesson long ago. However, sometimes, I need life to remind me of it. I succeed when I assess all circumstances, plan, and then execute what needs to be done without reliance on others. 

I think this year's card illuminates that lesson, what do you think?!

Ultimate Lesson: When you fail, never lose focus, if you have breath in your lungs--keep trying!!!

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