I won’t lie – 14 years into this thing called motherhood and I’m still seeking balance. Between all of life’s obligations – work, motherhood, marriage, grad school, my health (I’m a cancer survivor of just a few years), and volunteer work (which I do quite a bit of), there can be bumps. I have to admit that being a mom has thrown me for a loop over the years and even though my kids are older, it’s not 100% easier. Their needs have changed and they still need me just as much as they did when they were younger. Still, I have more freedom than I used to, and I am thinking more about myself and my own future than I used to before.
And when given the opportunity, I steal time in my room to watch Netflix on my own. Interesting enough, as a member of the network’s #StreamTeam, I have access to research studies they’ve done on their users. One report says that 97% of moms say that they had more time for themselves before motherhood, and now, three-quarters (71%) of moms admit to sneaking in TV “me-time” while juggling a busy schedule, with some even hiding from their kids for just a moment of peace. With moms doing it anywhere and everywhere in the neighborhood when the kids aren’t around, sneaking is the new bingeing. I believe that is the new spelling of the verb, too.
So, what have I been bingeing? I adored GLOW about a group of women who branded themselves as the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling in the 1980’s. The characters are so interesting and the script so unique. It’s truly a story about a group of women coming into their own, and it has girl power and feminism infused to every scene. I was nipping into my room to binge GYPSY with Naomi Watts, a show about a married therapist who starts to delve into her client’s lives and cross boundaries that are beyond description, but I have to admit I dragged myself through the series and couldn’t wait for it to end. Naomi Watt’s talent is either wasted or it me thinking she simply can’t act. I can’t get enough of GRACE AND FRANKIE. The show gets better and better and Season 3 is no exception. It opens on Lily Tomlin dancing with animated dildos, and, it’s fantastic and indicative of how funny and genuine these characters are. MASTER OF NONE is brilliant and I can’t believe I’m so late to the game on this one. I’m a huge fan of CHELSEA. The talk show host is on fire and her guests are phenomenal. She really explores women’s issues and human rights and is taking the #Resistance to a whole new level. My husband and I are now watching BETTER CALL SAUL, a prequel of “Breaking Bad” which is so bad it’s good.
Disclosure: I’m a member of Netflix’s Stream Team but all opinions are my own.