February, 2010 My, She’s Fly!
Janelle’s Flash/Forward: I would have secured a position that grants me “mommy-hours” of 9am to 2pm. That way I can see our son off to school and pick him up when the bell rings. I could then spend my afternoons really having quality time with our son…doing his favorite activities and such. Is that asking too much?No, Janelle, it’s not. Women are doing that as we read this, and with a sturdy family structure, and a firm grasp on your goals, you are well on your way.
By day, I am an Accounting Specialist within the Controller’s Office, and no, this position is not my passion, which is why I have an outlet of sorts to make me slightly happy about working outside of the home. I am a part-time Adjunct Instructor at two different institutions in Tallahassee. I have a very high “like” for teaching, so doing it gives me something to look forward to when I cannot be home with my family. My true passion is Event Planning, but I have come to the realization that fear stands in my way of doing what I love.
One that I have personally come in contact with on a few occasions is that some folks think all you care about is appearance. I do care about our appearance, but that is not all I care about. Making sure our son looks nice is often misconceived as having our priorities out of line.
Being a wife, no. Being a mother, no. But being both at the same time, heck yea!!! It’s more difficult to do both because I know I have to spread one me to two people. It’s not easy playing dominos with our son AND helping to pack my husband’s luggage for a weekend trip. Having to be split in thirds scares me, which is one reason having another baby is not on our to-do list.
Yes, I do. Success comes in many forms and for me, my success is being a GREAT wife and mother who can handle home life and work life while still having somewhat of a decent social life (LOL!)
I am not living my fullest version, but I’m close. I have a vibrant, healthy, happy son and a gorgeous, wonderful husband. Living my fullest version of woman would consist of having more time with my son and husband while doing my dream job as an Event Coordinator (or possibly owning my own business).
Janelle Gilbert’s photos courtesy of Terri Smith Photography