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Calling all women lawyers in the Chicago area

Women lawyers in Chicago: Do you have five minutes to complete a survey about how you “balance” work and the rest of life? The questions are easy, and everyone who participates gets a coupon for $20 off a 60-minute massage at Urban Oasis. Please share this with other female lawyers in the Chicago area — they’ll get the massage coupon, too.

Here’s the scoop:

A Chicago-based startup called The Legal Balance is relaunching later this year with a new suite of offerings designed to make it easier than ever for women lawyers in Chicago to develop their businesses, connect with potential clients and referral sources, and manage their lives. The Legal Balance wants to elevate the conversation about the advancement of women in the legal profession. Which is why they need to know what would help YOU the most.

Please click the link to answer the questions and print your Urban Oasis coupon. Remember, it should only take five minutes to complete: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/TheLegalBalance

Don’t wait … the survey closes at midnight on Friday, Jan. 18, 2013.

Community Is Our Power

Today our friend Patty Lennon over at Mom Gets a Life has some thoughts to share about how women can leverage their natural ability to socialize. Read on …

By Patty Lennon

When I was little, and my mom was bored, we’d pack up the old stroller and head down the street to visit a neighbor.  Back then it seemed those visits were all about us kids.  Now that I’m a mom, I realize those visits to neighbors probably kept my mother sane.

Today most of us don’t live in that kind of neighborhood. We find our communities other ways: in schools, places of worship and even on meetup.com.

One of the greatest gifts we have as women is our ability to leverage socializing.  We raise money, change school policies, change public policy and have parks built — not with brute strength but with strength in numbers.

When I decided to launch the Mom Gets A Business Conference, many experts guided me to go out and seek sponsorships from big brands with deep pockets. I didn’t buy it. Don’t get me wrong.  I love deep pockets, but I knew an easier and quicker way was to call upon the community that led me to launch the Mom Gets A Business Conference – moms.

Last week I launched a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo to do just that.  I’ve been thrilled by the support and funds flowing in from regular, everyday not-deep-pocket moms.

We hit 20 percent of our goal on Day One.  The “experts” were surprised.

I wasn’t.  Of course we did well – we are moms, serving moms and being supported by moms.  There is nothing we can’t do. Life can feel overwhelming for many moms, especially in our current environment.

If you are in need of a little support, go figure out a way to be with your community.  Talk.  Ask for help.  Give help.

It can be scary to reach out.  We face rejection. But community is how we get things done. This is our power. And right now, the world needs our unique form of power!

Patty Lennon is the CEO of Mom Gets A Life and the founder of the Mom Gets A Business Conference.  If you’d like more information on the conference or how you can support her crowdfunding campaign visit: www.supportmombiz.com.

We Were Supposed to Have It All … Instead, We Learned to Multitask

Our generation was told we could be anything — and we heard, “You must be everything.” And so we became multitaskers, ferociously and relentlessly. We learned to boast about how much we could do at once, how we could schedule a parent-teacher conference, respond to a client email and 1-Click order the latest parenting book from Amazon, all while listening in on a conference call from the sidelines of our kid’s soccer game. We built businesses while we were breastfeeding and learned to use Skype to be two places at once. History and technology opened the doors to Having It All — but no one told us that “all” is something we’d have to define very, very carefully.

This week in Crain’s Chicago Business, Becky writes about Having It All — and how, once we rethink what that means, the relentless multitasking will subside.

Read more here, and share your thoughts. How do you curb the urge to multitask your way through life?

Has Good Enough Is the New Perfect Helped You With Work/Life Balance?

Editor’s Note: Becky and I have both received so many lovely notes about Good Enough Is the New Perfect, and today it dawned on me that it might be nice to share some with our readers. Hopefully, it will make you realize that you are not alone in this struggle! The first is from Mary in New York City …

Hi Hollee,
I am just diving into your book, but wanted to let you know that I’m totally loving it so far.  In the first couple chapters, you’ve already hit on so many of the thoughts and feelings I’ve been grappling with this past year.

Natalie and Mary

I’m about 11 months into motherhood and work full-time as a hospital executive.  Things are going fairly well on all fronts, but the reality of the past year is certainly different than what I had previously envisioned being a working mom would be like.  As you touched on in your book, I have been surprised by both the loneliness and guilt that come with straddling career and family.  In a way, it is refreshing to hear that at least I’m not alone!
I have been actively working on changing my mindset to the “good enough” mentality, much thanks to my wonderful mother-in-law promoting this philosophy since Natalie was born.  I am extremely blessed with the support of a terrific in-home daycare provider and an amazing husband who help make working full-time possible.  My employer is also fairly family-friendly, and even offers the benefit of work/life counseling.  I actually met with someone for a couple months after returning from maternity leave to help me reset my own perfectionist expectations and better prioritize the balance.  Your book definitely is resonating with a lot of things that I’ve been thinking about and working on this past year.
I just wanted to drop you a quick note to say thank you for writing this very important body of work.  I also attached a photo of my sweet little daughter, Natalie, and me to brighten your day and to put faces with the names of who you are helping.  Natalie thanks you as well!
Warmly,
Mary
New York City
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We’d love to hear from you and share your message of strength and hope on our blog! Just email us at hollee@thenewperfect.com or becky@thenewperfect.com. Thanks for continuing to spread the word about Good Enough Is the New Perfect!

Happy Anniversary to Good Enough Is the New Perfect!

It’s been exactly one year since we launched Good Enough Is the New Perfect– what an adventure! Becky and I have been so privileged to travel the country, sharing our message of balance, perspective and hope.

Hollee and Becky celebrate the launch

When women write us notes and letters, telling us that we’ve articulated the uneasy feelings that they’ve experienced since crossing into motherhood, it feels so worthwhile. When they say they’re ready to drop Never Enough in favor of a Good Enough approach, we want to stand up and cheer.

Thank you, our supportive readers, for celebrating Good Enough Is the New Perfect with us! We cannot adequately express our gratitude for all that you’ve done to help us spread the word. Thank you for inviting us to speak on work/life balance and modern motherhood, well, all over the place — we’ve talked The New Perfect in Chicago, Pittsburgh, New York, Champaign-Urbana, Baton Rouge, Birmingham, Morgantown, Sacramento and Myrtle Beach, to name just a few of our stops!

If you like our message, please help us keep the buzz alive. Mother’s Day is around the corner — do you know a mom or mom-to-be who might benefit from our book? Would you be willing to suggest it when friends ask for a good read? We truly appreciate all that you’ve done to make this first year such a success. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

 

Should women get double the salary for having a baby?

I knew I loved Australia for a reason. (OK, my reasons for loving Oz are many; this next bit is really just icing on the cake. Or whipped cream on the pavlova, or chocolate on the Tim Tams, or whatever …) According to a story on TODAY Moms, an Australian company has instituted a new policy meant not only to encourage new moms to return to work, but to reduce the financial pressure that comes with it. When women at Insurance Australia Group return from their 14-week maternity leave, they will get DOUBLE the salary for their first six weeks back.

Sound great? Apparently not everyone agrees. Some commenters on The Grindstone felt it was unfair to those without children.

What do you think? Is it fair to give a new mom extra money when she returns to work?