Confessions of a Professional Mom

Confessions of a Professional Mom

Professional mom seeking clarity, balance and a well deserved glass of wine.

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Happiness Is…

September 24, 2012 , , , , , , , ,

Happiness is...Happiness is sitting in a room full of creative people, at oh-so-artsy Bergomot Station in Santa Monica, drinking in the atmosphere and listening to and laughing with Dr. Brene Brown, a brilliant, funny and down-to-earth professor, author and speaker on the subject of shame. The premise was the launch of her new book, Daring Greatly. Afterward, while standing in a loooong line to meet her and have my book signed, I remember that my daughter needs my help on a faux newspaper layout for a book report project. Hhhhhhh! Shift gears, Mom.

My “marble jar friend”, Cheryl, graciously offered to stand in line and have Brene sign my book. I bid my friends adieu and make the hour long drive back to the OC, drop off a friend and then arrive home at 8:40pm. After giving my daughter a crash course in editorial terms and layout, she completed her project in Word (I shudder) with some layout maneuvering help from her dad (thank God he speaks PC).

The best part is when she hugged me and looked into my eyes (yes, we are now the same height) and said, “Mom, thank you so much for leaving your event early and for missing out on meeting Brene Brown. I really appreciate your help on this project. You are the best and I love you.”

Ok, so that last part didn’t actually happen, but it did in my mind.

Sometimes you create your own happiness.

Stay sane, my friends.

(here’s a link to Brene’s TED talk on shame…it will bring you happiness)


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Okay, you frightened me here. I believed you that she looked you in the eyes and thanked you from the bottom of her heart. I thought “crap, she’s a good mom and I only have five years to teach J and A to thank me from the bottom of their hearts!” xoxo – Good mom going home to help out.



September 25, 2012

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