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Monday Morning Motivation: It’s A Marathon…. (PODCAST)

Hey guys! Hope you’re all having a great start to the work week. Yes I know it’s early but let’s go ahead and name it, then make it so!

The kids and I flew to Orlando for a week of much needed rest and relaxation. I took a day and popped up to Charlotte, North Carolina to give the keynote closing address to Type A Conference. I love going to conferences like this one because you get to see the people you speak to everyday online, be empowered and a real-life hug.

After I spoke, I took a few questions and one came from Jenn Hethcoat, aka It was an interesting one and one I think we really struggle with, this whole notion of what do we do when we have an off day?

So thanks to Jenn for the nugget of inspiration for today’s podcast. Pop in your ear buds, sit back and listen to today’s Monday Morning Motivation! What do you do when you have an off day?

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  1. Whitney Eiland

    June 25, 2012 at 9:37 am

    Good morning, I get it because I can be all over the place with motherhood, marriage, career, and let’s not forget needs. Thanks for the motivation and get some rest!

  2. thedoseofreality

    June 25, 2012 at 9:38 am

    It was such a great question, and I think your response to her was also great. Such a good reminder to all of us out here that this motherhood gig is not measured by the quality of one day but the length of the whole experience. We as mothers need to give ourselves permission to let go of our guilt (as you said so well it is self-imposed) and remember that we are all (at least those of us “good enough mothers”) just doing the best that we can and it is better than average! 😉

  3. Beth @ TheAngelForever

    June 25, 2012 at 9:49 am

    Thank you Rene! Retraining our hearts is something that is very hard to do. We feel eyes from those around us judging on these days more than we do on the so-called perfect ones. Parenting is not just a marathon, but it’s an obstacle course where we strive to do what is necessary for our families. Keeping our chin up, moving forward, and accepting the good enough days is a major goal for so many parents.

  4. Ella Rucker

    June 25, 2012 at 10:43 pm

    This reminds me of a horrible day my bus driver had. She drove us from Jersey to 125th street, but our stop was 42nd street. Everyone grumbled when they got off the bus. I stopped and told her, “We all have bad days at work.” This was well before I had the snorer over here, but I’ll keep that advice to myself in mind because there ARE days when I barely make it to the field let alone get a chance to bat! LOL


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