Mom AND Entrepreneur

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Mom and Entrepreneur: On Growing Humans & Companies

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I admit it, I was watching the Today show interview with the new GM CEO and cringed when I heard Matt Lauer ask the question. You know can you be a good mom and good at your job. The fact is all of us skirts have been posed with that question at least once (although likely not on national TV) and I would put money on the fact that we have all asked ourselves that question. Please don’t misinterpret this a support for asking the question, like I said, I cringed, and then experienced what I can only describe as something similiar to the stages of grief – disbelief, rage, sadness etc. Ultimately I came to that final stage of acceptance. Go ahead ask yourself what does it take to work, be a mom, and do all the other things demanded of us. I did, and what I found surprised even me:

Motherhood:

I grew actual human beings. Two of them in fact. I’m pretty darn proud of it. Growing humans in your body requires a lot of care, a lot of facing the unknown, research, quick decision making, dealing with curveballs, pain (physical and emotional) and a whole lot of planning, re-arranging and building a network of experts to rely on. After all, actual lives depend on it! Then they arrive and you realize all that stuff you went through to get to that point was just a primer for raising said humans.

Business:

I grew a company. Two of them in fact. I’m pretty darn proud of it. Growing a company requires a lot of care, a lot of facing the unknown, research, quick decision making, dealing with curveballs, pain (physical and emotional) and a whole lot of planning, re-arranging and building a network of experts to rely on. After all,employees lives depend on it! Then your company is up and running and you realize that all that stuff you went through to get to that point was just a primer for growing said company.

Caregiving for Aging Relatives:

I grew in caregiving. Twice in fact. I’m pretty darn proud of it. Growing in caregiving requires a lot of patience, facing the unknown, research, quick decision making, dealing with curveballs, pain (physical and emotional) and a whole lot of planning, re-arranging and building a network of experts to rely on. After all, actual lives depend on it! Then something happens, you are suddenly no longer in the role of caregiving, but it’s likely it will come around again and all the stuff you went through was just a primer for tackling it all again.

So YES it can be done, you see:

I’m still growing. I’m pretty darn proud if. Growth in any realm of life requires a lot of patience, facing the unknown, research, quick decision making, dealing with curveballs, pain (physical and emotional) and a whole lot of planning, re-arranging and building a network of experts to rely on. After all, the way I want to live my LIFE depends on it!

Even in the moments of chaos and doubt in any given role I, or anyone else,  possess, YES, YES I/WE can do it well.  Maybe not 100% of the time, but if you look at the required skill set, I think, most skirts have what it takes no matter what life throws at us.

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The rundown:

The Skirt: That's me, the only female in a conglomerate of family owned businesses. I work daily alongside my 30 something tech geek chic brother, The Hoodie and my 60 something lawyer father, The Suit.

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