Quarantine Confession for Mothers' Day
I don’t know about you, but this sheltering in place has been HARD for me. Even with the ultimate privilege of continuing to have a day job I can do at home, and thus income coming in, the frustration of trying to juggle multiple full-time jobs is one of the biggest challenges I’ve had for a long time. (Oh, and did I mention potty training?) And for every article I see encouraging us women to be gentle with ourselves and not to do too much, I see many more articles giving me resources that I can be using to “teach” or entertain my kids. I’m resourced out!
My quarantine confession, especially on Mothers’ Day: I’m accepting that I can’t be all things to all people all at once. I can’t be an A+ employee at work, an engaging nanny, a pedagogical expert, a thriving entrepreneur, a stress-free mom, and a decent partner all at the same time. I’m not even sure I can be two or three of those at the same time! So I’ve cut corners in every one of my roles. As one example, I’ve convinced myself that my kids' favorite shows definitely have educational value, even when watched for hours on end. This cutting corners is my Mothers’ Day gift to myself.
Of course, it hasn’t been all stress and frustration. Without the daily commute (and frustrating routine that comes with trying to get everyone out of the house on time), we’ve been able to sleep in a little and do morning yoga every day. And my wardrobe has been, um, a little easier. (Who says that leggings aren’t pants!!)
Speaking of pants, we’re making progress on the sample/prototype! I can’t wait to tell you all about it soon!
In other CurvedWear news, I’m proud to have been accepted to the Female Founder Collective, a network of businesses led by women to support women in positively impacting our communities. I’m also proud to have graduated from Start-Up School, a program for start-up companies. I’ve learned a lot from both!
My quarantine goal is to take all I’ve learned and continue taking steps—as baby step as they may be—toward launching CurvedWear. In the meantime, I hope that you’re staying safe and healthy, and are thriving in some small way during this global crisis. I also want to express my utmost gratitude for those who are risking their lives every day to serve us, from first responders to delivery people to farm workers growing our food. If you happen to be one of these heroes, thank you! And if you are or have ever been in a mothering role, happy Mothers’ Day to you!