Like most of you active in Fashion, the first part of 2011 was extremely busy for me. Even though I haven't been blogging as much, I am still active on twitter.
I tweet using the hashtag #thejuggle often and received some super kind emails from you telling me those are your favorite tweets. Thank you!
And some of you ask what exactly is #thejuggle?
So I wanted to post an explanation:
In fashion, like in life, we are always working on multiple things at one time. For example, you are shipping Spring, producing Back to School and are sourcing Holiday.
Or for you fashion bloggers, you are listening to current stories, connecting with your followers and engaging them with your next post.
So, back in the day when I was running apparel production, that's how I would describe my professional life, as a constant juggle.
Now, as a working mom, especially one working in #biglaw and in fashion, #thejuggle has taken on a whole new meaning.
As working women with children, we are constantly "juggling" our different roles:
- wife, mother, daughter;
- Co-worker, manager, employee;
- Creative, technology savvy and bottom line oriented.
It is not easy. Success takes intrinsic motivation, and a very supportive spouse.
We need to survive judgment from bosses - both the guys who still don't get it or the generation of women who came before us and chose not to have kids (who all then wonder why women leave #biglaw or corporate life!) - other moms and even our families.
Balancing an overseas conference call and demanding clients with permission slips, soccer practice and ballet and dry cleaning or changing the car's oil, takes talent, a ton of time and energy and a sense of humor. (remind me to tell you about the morning my children used blue ink to turn themselves into "avatars" at 6am before I had to go to Court. yup. true story.)
Whether we like it or not, in United States' society today, women are still responsible for the majority of caretaking, even though we work just as much as our husbands or male colleagues.
And the worse part is, we get paid 75-80% less on average than our male counterparts for doing more work - both in the office and at home.
And, even though this is written from a mom's point of view, I know many of you "fash-entrepreneur" out there are going through the exact same thing. (Right Jeffrey? Arlene?) It may not be kids and billable hours, but running your own business requires multiple hats.
So I challenge all of you to pause for a moment and think about your own juggle and those of your friends and family. If you list all the things you do, you will amaze yourself -- and I bet that it will motivate you to keep at that hard task or striving for that win. Why?
Because if you can do #thejuggle, I know you can succeed both in Fashion and in life.
photo credit: The Day Care Dilemma- Part 1 of 5 (read Maggie Palmer's whole series, it's great!)