Own It – The Power of Women at Work by: Sallie Krawcheck

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It isn’t easy being a woman in the working world. The children’s needs, laundry, monthly cycle, cooking, and relationships don’t just STOP and WAIT as we run our businesses and pursue our dreams. It can feel like a balancing act, with never enough hours in the day.

 

Sallie Krawcheck shows women how to play to their strengths and use the way the business world is evolving to their advantage. Technology and being able to work from home is enabling more and more women to be able to perform jobs at a capacity that they may not have been able to before. Networking and emphasis on gaining gender equality are also things that our mothers and grandmothers didn’t have in the professional work environment, and we can now bank on. Today, more than ever, women are taking control of their finances and their future. That is a good thing! For themselves and their children.

There is one chapter, “The Flexibility Without Shame Conversation”, that hit home for me. I cannot tell you how many times I felt guilty that I had something else in my life to do besides work on a weekday (or weekend). In the last few months I have learned that I can be a mom, a boss, and a wife at my own pace. If I am 100% when I am in each role, then I can do all of them well. Blending and balancing every aspect and taking the day as it comes.

 

 

 

**I received this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest review**

Making the Most of Naptime

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Every child is different, but almost every parent has the same dilemma. Not enough time in the day to accomplish all of the things you would like to. Especially if you have a small, colic, or teething child. It is rough. You end up finally falling into bed at night, staring at the ceiling, thinking of all the things you wish you could do.

Today I have a few tips of how to get things accomplished during your child’s nap time (and throughout the day). Not every child will have the same nap routine, but you should be able to easily mold this to fit your day. I am going to go off of a day where the child has two 40 minute naps. (my son does not nap this way yet, it is still 3-4 naps of anywhere from 20 min to 2 hrs).

Wake up :

Try not to go back to sleep, adjust your schedule if you can to stay awake and maybe accomplish something before the kids awake. If your children sleep in (mine does not) get dressed (put on work out clothes to motivate you), have a cup of hot lemon water, and throw in a load of laundry. If you still have a quite moment left, read something inspirational to start your day.

First Nap:

10 min – You are already in your workout clothes, so hurry to the living room and do one of these 10 minute work outs. Ten minutes!! That is it!

15 min – Shower. Quite and without interruption…ahhhh. Get dressed in something other than sweats or workout gear, even if you are just staying in today. How you dress will motivate you.

15 min – Do a quick clean through the house. Wipe off counters, load the dishwasher, run a vacuum or swiffer over the floors, (you already picked up and started laundry when you woke up, switch it to the dryer), throw toys into their bins, etc

Second Nap:

15 min – Make any phone calls, appointments, pay bills, balance checkbook, etc. Use this quiet to organize your life.

25 min – Quiet time for you. Take a nap, read a book, catch up on your favorite TV show, paint your nails, take a bath. Try to stay away from just mindlessly browsing FB or Pinterest. This won’t actually relax you, but will leave your eyes tired and you groggy.

Before Bed:

Put away laundry and dishes. Have your spouse or older children help you. It is a great way to catch up on the day. Avoid electronic 30 min before bed. The screen of a TV, phone, or computer will strain your eyes, make it harder to fall asleep, and make you feel lest rested.

The dishes, laundry, bills, and dinner have to get done, but remember… the most important things are reading to your kids, kissing foreheads, tending to boo boos, playing dress up, and being there for them. 🙂