Are you a Managing Mom?

September 24, 2014 in Best of Both, Me Time, Work-Life Balance

Are you a Managing Mom?  I know for sure I am.  Work – life balance? Is there such a thing? I mean I have it as a tab on my blog, but what it should really be called is juggling. And don’t forget to throw in some Me Time every now and again.

 

As Managing Moms we do it all!!!

As Managing Moms we do it all!!!

I enjoy writing the series Management Mondays with a focus on employee relations, leadership, management strategies, engagement, basically my perspective of the workplace environment based on my experience in as a healthcare professional. If you’ve been a reader over the last two years, you know I know writing about my family, our travels, our relationships, mommyhood milestones, you name it.

 

In discussion with my sister about my upcoming business trip to Wisconsin to attend the Epic User Group Meeting (UGM), she once again said to me, I don’t know how you do it all. I said it takes a lot of managing. I don’t travel for business on a regular basis, perhaps once a year or so.

Then on the eve of my trip, both of my sister-in-laws said with envy, that they wished they could just take off for a couple of days. I have to say, I can totally understand and know what they meant when they said that. In all honesty I am looking forward to getting on a plane with just my pocketbook, getting to a hotel and having my choice of which bed I’d like as well as which television station I’d like to watch if I decide to even turn the thing on.

I get my choice!!

I get my choice!!

I basically said as much to them. I know I’m a good wife and managing Mom and love my family very much, but as I said to them, I’ll miss them by day three. It’s not that I won’t talk to them, of course, I always call when I land to let them know I arrived safely, then from the hotel to say goodnight. I’m sure Snapchats and texts will be exchanged and Facetime may be used as well.

Truth be told, while I’ve left a schedule for my hubby, my mom, the sitter and kids, shopped so there are plenty of supplies (food, new sneakers, insurance cards, you name it and there goes the managing Mom thing again) I only have to take care of myself while I’m away. Managing from a distance is much different than the hands on of the day to day activities.

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Taking care of myself is easy, I‘ve got gym clothes packed to take advantage of the situation. Going to dinner with colleagues, learning more about the electronic medical record, networking with other healthcare professionals, participating in a presentation this is a part of who I am and what I enjoy doing.

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As I sit on this Delta flight headed to Wisconsin and writing this, I’m excited to go to the Jets as they are playing the Green Bay Packers in the Packers home opener. Here’s to hoping the JETS go 2-0! I’m looking forward to all the things I described above.

I am also smiling as I recall the big fierce hugs I got from my six year old and fourteen year old this morning as they wanted to drive me to the airport (getting up early-a sign of true love in our house) so we could leave by 7:15 am.

I am blessed that I truly do have My Best of Both Worlds. And I’m going miss them by Tuesday. Looking forward to even more awesome hugs late Thursday night!