If you are a mom, you work. The number of hats you wear and the number of other’s you report to is irrelevant. What I am thinking of today is the beauty in the August 2012 issue of Town and Country magazine, for many reasons:
- Photographer Tierney Gearon captures her good friend Lulu deKwiatkowski and her family for ‘Life with Lulu’. She says ‘Lula and her husband have a parenting philosophy similar to mine, which is to live and work with your kids’. She adds that she ‘loves their creative spirit. Instead of dividing the two, they combine their work with their lifestyles’. Me, I adore this.
- The photo spread ‘Those Bold City Girls- A classic remix plays out on the sidewalks of New York: white jeans and cutoffs paired effortlessly with cashmere and shearling, leather and gold’. Totally inspiring me to do a post on flannel white denim, not white white, with sweaters and jewelry and maybe a little fur for Fall 2012 soon. Stay tuned.
- Again here, the Worth New York two page ad spread in the front of the August issue. Worth New York allows women to combine work with life and family. For me this helps pay this philosophy forward. I help women dress so they too can wear all their multiple hats while looking and feeling great. I recruit, train, and mentor women that have a desire to work their own business. With the income I earn I can employ a single mom with very young children and give her the opportunity and flexibility she needs to make her life work. For her this means 9 am to 3 pm during the school year and much more flexibility as needed during the summer when her kids are home. She helps me and I help her. It is a very good thing.
As August moves to September, here is some of the work I did this weekend as a mom to celebrate daughter’s 12th birthday, in order. Friday night grocery trip for all drinks and gear to bake cakes and make mac and cheese. Come home and bake three boxes of Duncan Hines marble cake mix to make two three-tiered birthday cakes and two batches of Ina Garten’s decadent mac and cheese. Saturday morning back to the grocery for three sides of wild salmon, 12 lbs of chicken wings, 30 organic beef burgers, one watermelon, one honeydew, organic grapes, local zucchini, local broccoli, olive oil, unsalted organic butter, gorgonzola and crumbly blue for homemade blue cheese dip, carrots, celery, kosher salt, organic romaine lettuce for caesar salad, parmesan cheese, whole wheat rolls, pinata, tons of candy. Saturday afternoon drive out to the country with all that stuff, two kids and two dogs and husband. Get there, unpack, cook dinner. Sunday morning organize delivery of bounce house, dunk tank, cotton candy, sno-cone, and popcorn machines from two different rental companies. Start cooking like mad and frost two cakes. Shower, dress, smile. Oh, and do about fourteen loads of laundry, no kidding, and run the dishwasher eighteen times. Every day dress.
Happy Birthday, peanut. Missing you Georgetown Law School son, Boston College daughter and Boston working daughter. Not the same without you guys. So proud of what you are doing.
So, here’s to all moms and the work we all do. It’s almost September. If you too are interested in combining work with life and would like more information about the paid work I do from home, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In photos I am wearing Paige Kylie Crop jean, Joie silk striped blouse, and Worth New York necklace.