The week began with a bang for this Back’NGrooveMom! The whirlwind started early Monday Morning when I attended a breakfast and kickoff event for imagine! career week. It was thrilling to be invited. Why was this so exciting? The Keynote speaker was our Governor, The Honorable Tom Corbett, AND the opening and closing remarks were being given by a close friend, fabulous gal, mom, and mentor – Stefani Pashman. Stefani is the CEO of Three Rivers Workforce Investment Board, A MOM, and an advocate for women everywhere.
The overall purpose of imagine! career week is to “Explore the many Career Paths in the Pittsburgh Region,” and the week is full of workshops and information sessions on those career paths. Many of the sessions focus on our youth. The event, organized and arranged for by Stefani and her staff, has made youth a priority! Governor Corbett picked up on this topic in his address, and spoke on the importance of exposing young people to opportunities.
At Back’NGrooveMom, opportunities and enlightenment for moms is our priority, but at the same time, moms are crucial to the engagement of our youth. That is why I decided to point out a few points that the Governor touched on:
- We are only limited by imagination.
- The traditional way is not the way anymore, but rather we need to have the ability to adapt and change.
- Kids today have a lack of fear, and we need to embrace that!
These are marvelous little gems that we, as moms, need to incorporate into our own ventures. If we live and breathe the power of imagination, model our ability to adapt and change, and conquer fear; it will certainly trickle down to our children!
My Monday only went on to get better and better! For Lunch, I hosted a Workshop at my home co-sponsored with the Jewish Federation of Pittsburgh. Who led the workshop? The Incredible Hollee Schwartz Temple, co-author of Good Enough is the New Perfect. As I told the group on Monday, I have known Hollee since our days of playing with Cabbage Patch Dolls, and now it is thrilling to be a part of her new world as a leading researcher/author on work/life balance.
Hollee shared some amazing morsels from the book (which will be available on April 19th), and then coordinated breakout groups of women to discuss their most difficult areas of balance. We talked and laughed about meal preparation, spouses, and catching up with anything on TV when we met back together. The workshop was a great way to spend the lunch hour, and I am pretty sure that all the women left feeling a bit more like their efforts were good enough and that was OK!
Of course, after this tremendous day, I picked my boys up from school, supervised homework, served them Subway for dinner (good enough), and spent the rest of the evening doing what is important – sparking their imagination and creativity. We played basketball, went to the book store, and laughed over chocolate chip cookies.
Wish that I could report that Tuesday and Wednesday were as exciting, but I mostly caught up on emails, phone calls, and paperwork. I followed through with my scheduled exercise as I urged you to do earlier this week, and I even caught an extra yoga class.
I did set myself up for a little challenge with this video that I made for my blog on StartupNation. We are off on a family vacation next week, and my mom says “impossible” to the challenge — what do you think?
I will miss all my Back’NGroove Readers next week, but I will be back……..In the meantime, make sure to Imagine the Possibilities, Learn to accept that Good Enough is OK, and wish me lots of good juju with my challenge! Rachel