Feel like you’re always busy? Feel like you’re not busy enough? Quit the comparisons and stop the Business of Being Busy.
Thanks to McDonalds of North Texas for reminding all us ladies that we are more than enough, we’re worth it with this sponsored post.
I have a lot of quirks.
I hate the sound of repetitive tapping.
I despise people who stand up on airplanes when you land in hopes to be the first to deboard.
I cannot even handle it when people take phone calls in public places like the doctor’s office and talk like no one else is in the room.
I could keep going on for days, but probably the thing I hate to hear the most?
[yes, imagine this is me. Like right now. Or maybe you, but you get it.]
Hearing women rattle off how busy they are.
Yes, I said it. And oh yes, I’ve done it.
Hey I get it, we all have so much to do. Like crazy amounts of things – some because we have to, some because we volunteered to, some because we want to, and a lot because we just feel like we have no choice otherwise.
But why is it we feel so compelled to list it like a badge of honor? And then use it to make other people feel bad (or you feel bad from hearing it and think, “wow, I should be doing more!”)
It’s true, as women, especially those that are moms, we do a lot. No matter what we do in our personal or professional lives, most women don’t just have one job. We normally have like 3 or 4…or 5 or 6…well multiple jobs and many of them go unpaid. The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development says women do more than 4.5 hours of work every day that is unpaid and it’s considered Women’s unpaid work is the backbone of the American economy. Says a lot, right?
But whether you have a big important job with a corner office or your window is the one you look out of every day as you nurse your kid, we work a lot and we wear a lot of hats…some we love, some we don’t, but it is what we do.
With the nature of my job and I often get asked, “what is it that you do?”
Sometimes, I just say marketing. But when the real answer is the only one that will do, I take a deep breathe and list off the list of what roles and responsibilities I have like a resume.
“…And oh yea, I have 2 kids and have been married since 2006.”
And it doesn’t even begin to really say what I do most days. But for every woman I know, that’s the case. We do it and we don’t even share the whole story because most of us don’t ever feel like it’s actually enough.
“I’m not working out enough.”
“I’m not volunteering enough.”
“I don’t cook enough.”
“I’m not home enough.”
“I’m not good enough.”
Man, the detriment we all do to ourselves with this thinking. But you know it’s true.
Being a woman and being a mom isn’t what we do, how much or how little, it’s how you live between the crazy that really matters.
It’s Sunday mornings when I steal a few moments of silence before my family wakes up wrapped up on the couch with nothing but silence.
It’s when I’ve had a super early morning, when I can stop through McDonalds and grab a medium cup of McCafè coffee (my favorite coffee bar none), hot and just the way I like it with three creamers. And then I can also grab hot breakfast for the kids and roll into the house just before they wake up to see a smile and the look of surprise!
It’s that opportunity when someone smiles at you or gives you a compliment or even better when you offer the smile that makes a big difference in your day and theirs!
Those are actually the sweet moments, especially those that you share with others, that bring us real joy that we should be judged by not the list of how much we do:)
This month McDonald’s all of us women and moms to share how you celebrate your own simple moments with LUNCH BUNCH! At each event, kids will be able to participate family friendly activities, including balloon twisters, face painters, arts and crafts and of course, to enjoy Play Place – to name a few! And you get a chance to talk with other women especially about women in business during Women’s History Month.
MARCH LUNCH BUNCH MEET UP
Thursday, March 21, 2019 from 12-1 pm
McDonald’s at 4014 S. Broadway Avenue, Tyler, TX 75701
Friday, March 22, 2019 from 12-1 pm
McDonald’s at 216 S. Coit Road, Plano, TX 75075
Plus everyone can try the newest menu offering, McCafé Donut Sticks. Made with golden-brown dough, sprinkled with cinnamon sugar and made fresh every morning (they are light as air!)
I hope you’ll join me in Dallas on Friday and to enter to win a $10 McDonald’s gift card!
For those of you that attend the event, you’ll be entered in a drawing for a McDonald’s gift card if you say you’re from mamachallenge.com and the mamachallenge winner will also be entered to win whether they’re in attendance or not!