In this go-go, busy, crazy world, it’s normal to feel pulled in a zillion different directions. There’s family life, the career, the stacks of bills and the ever-present piles of laundry.
I often look at our own family calendar and hyperventilate. I whisper to myself, “Ok, if we can just get through this week, life will calm down.” And then my husband sets me straight and tells me this is our life. The craziness will continue for the next 14 years.
I love our life, but it’s full – very, very full. And I know many of my girlfriends and colleagues feel the same way about their own lives. We’re in survival mode, but also striving to find time to connect, celebrate and enjoy some laughs.
Knowing this reality, I have to say I feel so blessed to have so many of my own girlfriends, blogging buddies and family members recognize a special milestone in my life. This week, my writing friend and I released our “Lose the Cape” book, and I have delighted in seeing the congratulatory messages and support on Facebook and Twitter, as well as via text and in-person. Your acknowledgement and kind words have made me smile again and again and again.
Some have bought the book because they are excited about the motherhood message we share, and others simply because they know a purchase means the world to me.
It’s been eye-opening to see who has “shown up” to celebrate, and who has not said a word. Complete strangers turn out to be major advocates, while others who have known me forever remain quiet. I know many writers feel that pain. Thanks to everyone who has “shown up” – new friends and old – especially since you have your own very full lives to manage. I do not take your words, actions and love for granted.
This project has been a year in the making – interrupted by moments of job stress and the typical demands and joys of family life – but we did it. Alexa and I pushed the project past the finish line, and we’re happy with the final product.
Our hope is Lose the Cape will get into the hands of moms in need of a quick, fun read. And we want our message to inspire women to be more supportive of one another, rather than tearing each other down.
I recently came across a blog post on women and jealousy. Sadly, you don’t have to search hard to find women “hating” on one another. Why do we do it? I’m sure some expert has an answer, but wouldn’t it be nice if we could simply be supportive?
I know I’ve been lifted up by the strong and kind women who took a few minutes out of their days to support me. Thanks again for your lovely words of encouragement – it means so much because I fully recognize your life is just as full and crazy as mine.
Virtual hugs to you all, and let’s keep that “girl power” message alive.