I am 38 years old, and my parents have no idea what I do.
My father worked at the same company for 35 years. My mother, although she has started a firm with a business partner, and worked at different companies, has been in the same industry for 35+ years.
They never ask me how my work day was in the same way they ask my husband, who has a 9-5 desk job in corporate America. They understand what he does. As I am embarking on a new role to add to my plate as President of FemCity Portland, I think my parents have almost given up on trying to figure out my career path, much less what I do each day.
Yet most people my age share a similar windy professional path, one that intersects with personal life philosophies and professional ambitions. Especially my friends who thrive in the start-up world, we hop and skip from one professional home to the next, starting up new businesses and creating additional revenue streams that may seem unrelated to some but are actually quite tethered to our skill sets and long-term life goals.
Sometimes, it’s just hard to see all of that through change after change.
I still get asked time and time again: What exactly do you do? I still get comments that make me realize some people think I sit around and craft all day (say what?), or just read social media all day (hey, don’t be jealous because it’s part of my job ;). Often, I am told people are not sure whether something I am posting is actually work-related or just something for fun in my life.
The latter makes me smile with pride. That’s the whole point to my life right now, folks: work and family, it’s all intertwined. I LOVE my work, but it has to work for my family.
Maybe you relate?
So for my parents, and anyone else confused about what I do, here’s in a nice and neat bullet point list of what my day looks like today, give or take a few items I know I’m forgetting:
-Social media time
-Get kids ready for school & to the bus stop
-Morning walk with the neighbor
-Emails galore for Urban Bliss, Femfessionals, Urban Bliss Life, and my kids’ school PSO (our PTA) related items. I do emails at 9am, at noon, at 2:30pm, and final email check at 4:30pm (trying to stick to a new email response routine…no emails after 6pm, except for fun emails to & from friends!)
-Design a printable for Today’s Creative Blog (SO excited to partner up with my pal Kim and her FABULOUS amazing blog!)
-Write this blog post
-Work on a website for a cool retail client
-Design Twitter backgrounds for a financial advisor & sending proofs for review
-Walk the dog
-Prep questions for a client’s upcoming marketing strategy session
-Design new blog graphics for super cool blog pals and their awesome websites
-Edit some photos for the blog
-Design site maps for a construction client
-Work on website for a marketing consultant client
-Meeting with my PSO (PTA) co-president
-Homework and snack time with the kids
-My daughter’s gymnastics class
-Make dinner. Maybe yogurt & honey marinated chicken tonight…not positive and I won’t decide until 4pm!
-Insanity workout with the family
-Reading time with the kids
-Laundry/dishes/not-so-fun cleaning & organizing house duties
-Social media time/TV watching time with hubby/finish up important work that couldn’t get done during the day
That’s what a typical day in my life looks like, but we all know: there is no typical day. Sometimes, I have more conference calls, other times I have more meetings. Some days I volunteer at my kids’ school more than others. Every once in a while I get to have lunch with a good friend, or take the morning off to run personal errands. Some days, when I can, I throw the To Do List out the window and enjoy a few hours with a friend, my kids, hubby, or just take some much needed alone time.
Do I get EVERYTHING done on my To Do List? Absolutely not. I start most things, and then prioritize and finish the ones that definitely have to be done that day.
If you’re a mom entrepreneur, I’m betting your “typical” daily list looks similar in that it is atypical.
What about you? What does your typical atypical Monday look like? I’m always curious & love when others share.
Hope you all have a BLISSful Monday! Now back to my windy, random, To Do List… :)
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