Being a mother is wonderful, as we all know, but it’s a role that brings massive changes into every woman’s life. I’ve written about my own struggle with work/home-life balance often on this blog. This past year I even hosted a series called “I Don’t Know How She Does It” in which fellow writers gave their two cents about the whole work/home scenario and how hard it is to juggle and truly have the best of everything. For me, being a mom has inspired and pushed me to become the best person I can be, but I will never deny the challenges that come with it.
That’s why I’m thrilled to announce that I’m a member of the first ever Advisory Council to the Board of Directors of Mothers & More, a grassroots, volunteer-driven organization, connecting mothers dealing with exactly the issues I’m describing via a network of both virtual and local communities throughout the United States.
Mothers & More is committed to creating a place for mothers to feel a part of a larger community of women who are experiencing the challenges that all mothers face, not only in raising children but also in fulfilling their sense of self and self-worth. M&M believes this begins with a sense of belonging, a space where women feel safe among friends, where they are able to utilize their gifts and celebrate their uniqueness; where they can truly be themselves.
Joining me on this prestigious board are a few women who I respect greatly and feel a great sense of honor for being chosen to join. They are Jory Des Jardins who co-founded BlogHer in 2005 and serves as the company’s President of Strategic Alliances; Jeni Ellis Halliday, a wellness professional with 30 years of experience designing, implementing, marketing and managing corporate wellness programs, special events and fundraising campaigns; and Aliza Sherman, a web pioneer (she actually taught me HTML many years ago when I was living in Atlanta), digital strategist and author.
Together, we are going to talk about growing the organization and along the way, I get to work along side these amazing women. What can be better than that? It’s truly an honor.