I got it all wrong
I thought that blogging was a “platform”- I forgot it was about the joy of writing. I have blogged sporadically for Huffington Post and other outlets, but for months I’ve felt dried up. Nothing to say. And I just turned 36, and missed this blog and the stupid act of writing down what I think.
So here we go again. Since I stopped actively writing this blog, what’s going on in my life?
I have a small business, and all the joys and headaches that come with that.
Sometimes I have money, sometimes I don’t. And I’m trying to manage that strange cycle.
Sometimes I have the greatest ambition in the world, and sometimes I want to stay at home with the kids and cook and garden and do crafts. That makes it very challenging to drive a business forward!
Somedays my husband’s career is more important, and somedays mine is. And that dance is complicated but not without beauty.
Somedays I’m driven to be perfect, and somedays I can’t get out of bed. I have a fear of flying and that makes traveling for work hard sometimes. It’s my dream to be a successful woman who is open about her battles with the dark side of anxiety and depression. Sometimes I can’t think of myself as successful in the least.
In the world of women, work and power: it’s a new dawn. It really is. It’s not just about Marissa Mayer and Anne Marie Slaughter. It’s about Google extending maternity leave because it’s the smart, right thing to do.
It’s about the very real fact that women are earning more money, and we’re flexing our muscles.
It’s about the horror that is the right wing of American politics, hell bent on stripping women of any power they have.
It’s the summer that we all woke up to climate change, and women are helping to push the agenda. Whether we’ll be successful, who knows.
It’s good times, and it’s bad for women. It’s life. I’m so blessed in my work at Women Online and The Mission List to be at the frontlines of these issues- about women, power, digital media and social good.