Disclosure: Recently, I teamed up with The Motherhood and Northwood Services to discuss what makes moms happy and we can pursue our passions at work and at home. Although compensated for attending the event and writing this post, all opinions remain my own. #NorthwoodMoms Dear Diary, When my daughter starting spending half of the month with her father who lives six hours away, I was devastated. I couldn’t imagine living my life without her. That’s an extreme view, but that’s how it felt at the time. My little girl, whose heart beat inside my body for nine months, would be away from me for the longest period she had experienced in her life. Then I realized, I shouldn’t feel sad about our time apart. Instead, I would cherish the memories we made together. So I requested a flexible schedule, which was approved! When Caitlynn is in my care, I work a shortened shift. After she gets out of preschool, we have hours to spend together before bedtime. Sometimes we go to the park to feed the ducks; other days we hang out at the museum. But most days, we play pretend. We imagine we’re royalty, zoo keepers and school teachers. Right now, this time probably means more to me than it does to my daughter. Toddlers don’t have the same sense of time as us adults. But the hours are priceless, especially since I don’t have to choose between my job and my child. I can have both. Such satisfaction is one of the topics I discussed at a recent meet up with Pittsburgh area bloggers, The Motherhood and Northwood Moms. Both bloggers and Nothwood moms talked about striving for success at the workplace without sacrificing our home life. We shared stories about our desire for flexibility and respect. And we agreed that being a mom requires passion, patience and understanding–the same qualities required of a real estate agent. Northwood Realty Services recognizes, and celebrates these unique skills that working mothers bring to both their families and their careers every hour of the day. During the discussion, we asked questions like what makes moms happy and how do you achieve contentment. We each had different answers–all different, but all right. For some, the happiest day happened when they became mothers. For others, the best time of their lives was vacationing. And some working moms said the best is yet to come. So just how can you reach your personal and professional goals? The number one tip–set up a support system. Recruit family and friends to your super team instead of exhausting yourself trying to be a super woman. Question DFTM Fam–How do you define happiness? Answer that question in a short homework assignment that my friend Janeane posted on Facebook. Make a list of the things that make you happy. Then write down what you do daily. Compare the lists, and adjust accordingly. Share your answers in the comment boxes below. 3 Responses Nicole Vascianna May 25, 2015 I think these conversations are so very important; with no judgement. You mentioned that each woman had a different response when she described what makes her happy. At the end of the day I think we’re all striving for the same things. It may look different but we all want to be fulfilled in our careers and not lose out on pivotal milestones with our families. Great blog! Reply Janeane Davis May 25, 2015 It is important for us to understand what makes us happy and how to duplicate that happiness in other areas of our life. One of thebest things about happiness is that it is custom made and can fit each of us. One thing I learned by making my lists is that I need to put more reading and knitting in my life. Reply MJ May 25, 2015 I am definitely going to do this homework assignment. I will post my answers where I can see them every day. This is such an amazing idea. All moms matter and deserve happiness. It’s great to see a company recognize and embrace that. Reply Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.