Public Speaking, Transitions, and Mom Guilt


The last time I wrote, it was the beginning of school.  A lot has happened since then.


I talked about how my daughter got on the wrong bus, and we couldn’t find her.  Here is the silver lining follow up to that story here.



The silver lining was short lived.  My daughter was having a hard time adjusting to her new school, and my husband and I made the very difficult decision to cancel our 10th wedding anniversary trip to California Wine Country.


I thought that I would feel better once I decided to stay home, but I did not.  I talk about my mom guilt that plagued me with the cancellation of our dream trip.


I decided that I needed to focus on something else other than this guilt.  So in addition to preparing for my first official speaking engagement, I decided to start training for a 5K.  You know, just because.



I felt pretty good about speaking at my first conference . . . despite the texts that my husband had to take my son to the emergency room for sticking something up his nose.  Letting someone else handle a medical emergency for one of the kids was a huge step for me and gave me a lot to think about.


Even though you would think between all of the events I posted here in addition to receiving a regular paycheck, I would have fully realized myself as a working mom.   I did not . . . until this happened.


I also decided in light of recent events, it was time to update my About Me page.  It is kind of funny how things in my life have changed, and before you know it, the About Me page from 2 ½ years ago it totally outdated.


I also had the opportunity to interview Beth Onufrak, Ph.D. about how to cultivate kindness in children for The Mother Company.  I enjoyed all of her advice and insight.


Check back soon since I think (fingers crossed) I might have some exiting news to share!


Erin Janda Rawlings Rochester Writers' Conference Presenter Pass

I got this badge while my husband got to fill out hospital paper work since he had to take our son to the ER for shoving something up his nose. Total role reversal.



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