well, my mother in law was right

I was having coffee this morning (chatting about Spark and Hustle, it is coming? did you hear?) – no big shocker there.  I was introduced to a woman who I never met before  – someone I did not know?  The introduction went something like this, ‘This is Rachel. She’s a blogger.  You should really get to know her.’  HA! Cute. Well, enough of that because that is about as narcissistic as I get…On to the main point.

 

The woman I met wanted to know about the blog, and I explained that it was about REINVENTION for moms.  I explained that often as we ride the continuum of momma-hood and make it safely to the elementary and middle school years, we need to rebrand ourselves.  Not a total overhaul, but rather reevaluating the possibilities.  A tiny tweaking of our goals – perhaps.  A different shade of color on the spectrum?

Perhaps.

 

This mom got it.

 

She said ‘Yeh, I kinda find my days of just cleaning up, laundry, etc get on my nerves.’  (This is her opinion – no judgement from anyone, please)

 

My mother in law, a big feminist, commented on my staying home years ago.  She thought how great it was (really?) because I could have a whole different career when I came out the other side of staying home.  Ensconced in my stay-at-home role, I thought this to be a bunch of I am woman, hear me roar gibberish.

 

Believe it or not – it wasn’t.

 

Every day in my meetings, traveling around the city, and networking online, I meet moms who did this and now they do that.  There are lawyers turned SAHM’s turned explosive WAHM’s.  There are executives who stayed executives during momma-hood who are now CEO’s, big time role models, or starting their own business.  Some take longer than others, and some are happy as is, and this OK!

 

Some of us have babies early, others have babies later.  We breastfeed, we bottle feed, we schedule, we don’t schedule, we wear skinny jeans or lulu lemons or designer shoes, but most of all we continue to evolve.

That’s the point – right?  Evolving?  In my mind, reinventing is evolving.  We take our interests, passions, experience, life circumstances, and move with the time.  We get new degrees, change our minds, and move on….BUT, we hold true to who we are.

 

That is the key.  Hold true to who you are.

 

Little Secret: I always wanted to be a writer, and now I am.

Do you have a little secret?

 

 


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  • MEK January 23, 2012, 11:35 AM

    Rachel..we have to be kind and patient with each other as we individually work through these transitions, roles, bundles of life. If there is any big lesson in the last 40 years… I nominate this: there is truly no “one size fits all” pathway. Most of us do most of these things with work and family and individual achievement…but not all at the same time. Just my two cents.

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    • Rachel Blaufeld January 23, 2012, 11:37 AM

      exactly — could not have said it better myself! obviously.

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  • Jenny Jones January 23, 2012, 2:43 PM

    Oops….sorry, I introduced you like that!!!!! LOL

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  • Judy Goldman January 24, 2012, 8:38 AM

    So glad that you are a writer….a very good writer!

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  • Haralee January 24, 2012, 12:31 PM

    I love that you talk about alsways evolving!

    It never stops. I just spoke with a childhood friend who retired about a year ago and is now going crazy. She had a high power career and has a successful marriage and 3 successful adult children so a job well done on all fronts, but now she is looking to evolve into her next phase.

    Evolving never stops!

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    • Rachel Blaufeld January 25, 2012, 12:58 PM

      I certainly hope not — it is too exciting to keep evolving

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  • Nicole Fende January 26, 2012, 12:57 AM

    I plan to be learning and doing new things until the day I die. Life is an adventure and I want to live it to the fullest.

    Thanks for reminding us to do that.
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    • Rachel Blaufeld January 26, 2012, 11:29 AM

      I am gonna be doing right along with you – Nicole!

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