It was a few years ago that I found myself at the end of a long-term relationship.
One I had rehearsed out in my mind and was sure of how the ending and happily-ever-after would play out.
A large part of that story consisted of a sparkly ring and a passle of babies
But that story and it's ending has nothing to do with today's story.....it's simply the setup.
Because you see at the end of that story, the things I thought I wanted changed drastically. Mommyhood and pacifiers were packed away and were replaced with dreams of a briefcase and power suit. Instead of being the next Betty Crocker, I would be the next up-and-comer. Instead of being on top of the laundry, I'd be on top of the game. And instead of being a trophy wife, I'd be the trophy rookie on the team.
And when I landed my dream job....those desires were set on fire. And still are. I love the thrill of a busy workday. The satisfaction of a hard day's (and sometimes a hard night's) work. Of problem solving and goal setting and reports and results.
But lately...I feel the stirrings of the past too. And starting to think that maybe the dream of mommyhood wasn't totallllly packed away. That maybe there's room for a few burp cloths and onesies next to my stockings and heels. (Mind you.....this is all after I make room for some ties and loafers in the closet!!)
But it leaves me with the time-old paradox of "Can you have it all?!"
Can you have both?!
Can you be a successful businesswoman and still have influential and close relationships with your children?
What do you think working moms?
Stay at home moms?
Moms to be?
And future moms to be?
Today we'll call it an "open forum"....because I want to hear your thoughts on the Mommy Effect!