Updated: Aug 18, 2021
I love my job and am honored to do this work and my calling. But as executive director of an environmental non-profit (which btw is a field that receives about 1% of philanthropic giving annually!), the majority of my day is spent on finance, HR, strategy, project and contractor management and donor/resource cultivation. I schedule my time in 15-30 minute blocks during the workday by necessity, and for 3 out of the past 5 years scheduling included time for pumping, washing, storing the milk that made my babies grow with my own body.
Now that our babies are a little older, my husband and I do the dances of juggling groceries, clothing, daycare, doctors appointments, and activities with a 40-50 hour work week. Often by the time I get to work I’m about 4 hours into my day. And my adventure Wednesdays that I’ve kept with my babes are only possible because I work 10-14 hours on Tuesdays and Thursdays, with time on Wednesday in the morning or at nap time taking meeting calls or doing budgeting/emails.
The other day, a man told me to “pop in” to try a product that he’s excited about. A snarky laugh escaped from my belly and I said unfortunately I am not in a position in my life right now to pop in anywhere. These are all choices, and I wouldn’t change a thing. But, it’s not easy. It’s freaking hard work. And I don’t want anyone to feel alone, or think they’re doing something wrong! You’re not, you are amazing. And we got this