First, I think this was the best Halloween costume I have ever come up with and I will never stop reliving it, what do you think? Second: I think about what I’m doing to prepare for my badass life often.
And I think about how my career and passion for travel has better prepared me for the life I want and the life that I’m creating, especially now as a proud working mom of 3-year-old twin boys.
I’ve spent 12 years in aviation. I’ve worked the entire lifecycle that puts a Boeing 777 in the air, including production, certification, functional and flight test, and the actual delivery of the airplane to an airline — which is in fact as complex as delivering an actual baby. Many of those years were spent flying around the world (yes, oftentimes in fabulous business class, staying in the fanciest of hotels, and entertaining with a fat expense account), and working closely with customers to solve complex problems and pitch technical solutions, which required me to bring my best self to whatever time zone and dynamic environment (sometimes surprising…hello, India) needed me while avoiding (minimizing) jet lag.
It’s been awesome. And all of it continues to fuel my passion for travel, and my love for aviation.
Suffice to say, I learned a thing or two about complicated systems, the importance of safety and designing in redundancies in case of an unplanned failure so that it doesn’t lead to a catastrophic event, and how to keep my sh!t together in unpredictable and stressful environments.
Because of it, I have 3 strong beliefs that I want to impose on you today so that you can apply them to your mom life, which will also help you bring your A-Game to any and all situations despite the (often uncontrollable) circumstances leading up to the main event: I believe in checklists, I believe in always bringing snacks, and I believe in putting your oxygen mask on first.
The latter is where I want to dig in today. How do you prioritize yourself on this wild and crazy ride that is motherhood? Well, let’s talk about it. Here are 8 things I implore you to start doing and prioritizing today:
As a mom, it’s easy to get sucked into everyone else’s needs and prioritize them over your own. However, do you know what your kids and family need most? A mom who’s happy, strong, confident, convicted, and most importantly: whole. A mom who takes care of herself shows others what it means to value oneself, which is an invaluable life lesson to teach your children and the people in your life. True self-care isn’t selfish. It’s the single most important thing you can do for yourself and for all the people who need you, because it enables you to bring your whole self to everyone who needs the best version of you, every day.
So! Take care of yourself mamas, and remember to always put your oxygen mask on first. Your life depends on it.
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