It’s been a capital-c CrAAazYyyy week for the 2 Chicks.
Chick 1 has had some teen drama to deal with on the home front. Chick 2 has had teen independence issues of her own this week. Different varieties, still exhausting.
In addition, both Chicks had professional trainings and speaking engagements to manage, on top of running households, parenting our other children, trying to eat healthy, fulfilling our regular work responsibilities, and getting to the gym each day. On most days moms flip roles so frequently that others around can easily take their ability to shift mindsets for granted.
Sometimes, when things get capital-c CrAAazYyyy, people will ask you “who is in your corner?”
We prefer to think in other shapes instead, like circles. We are both lucky to have close inner circles of trusted friends and family who can close in and keep us upright when life is out of balance. Those circles are filled with people who can connect us with resources, reassure us with their common experiences, or just listen and jump in to do just about anything when needed. It can also be a web that will catch and support as we find our center again.
This is a mom’s world. A working mom’s world. A community approach to managing life’s daily challenges and this community usually exists behind the scenes of the four walls of our homes.
Of course, as with most thing Chicks, we each have our own twist with our circles.
Chick 1 likes the infinity symbol. It’s two circles or loops, showing the interconnection of her family, her friends, her co-workers, her mentors, and the loop means the boundaries are limitless.
Chick 2 sticks with the smaller, more simple circle. Trust is difficult to give and only a precious few will gain access to her inner circle. It requires deep connection to help her manage her complex world. But when things go sideways, she is always glad to have those friends to recenter her.
Maybe your shape is a diamond. Maybe it’s a pyramid. Whatever your shape, remember and consider those who make it up carefully. As we’ve been reminded lately, these central connections play a vital role in keeping our balance – mental, emotional, and social.