Lessons from a mentor: LET IT GO

As part of my professional development, I was introduced to an incredible female executive mentor. Every time I meet with her, she gives me the most incredible advice and life changing thoughts. I thought I would share the wealth with anyone who is willing to read. It’s mostly for working mothers, but everyone can benefit from her wisdom.

Here’s the first of many more to come:

LET IT GO

As a working mother, there are many things in our lives that we have to “put on hold” as we delicately balance our priorities: family, work, church, outreach, health & fitness, etc. It’s so much more than just “work/life balance” it’s straight up circus juggling. As I juggle my priorities, there are inevitably some activities that get neglected. I am always telling myself that I will pick those things back up, but regret immediately follows as I just don’t have time to devote to these projects/interests/ideas/fill in the blank. It’s a nasty cycle of feeling bad and guilty about things that no one expects of me – except for me! It’s time to let those things go. This goes against the “just do it” mentality of women today. That we can do and should do anything and everything. The reality is, I have real priorities and I’m not willing to let my priorities suffer so I can pursue some high school dream of playing volleyball or the Pinterest pressure of being the most crafty mom on the block. I have to be honest with myself that I can only devote myself to certain things and everything else will be let go.

I’m closing the door. I’m taking back that mental space. I’m moving forward.

What do you need to let go of?