A conversation on integrating career and parenting

“Motherhood is surrendering to life,” said my mentor and author of Reclaiming Goddess Sexuality, Dr. Linda Savage.

I had a really hard time surrendering. It didn’t even occur to me to surrender.

Also, what does surrendering even mean?

When I had my son, surrendering to the new experience of motherhood meant “giving up my career” or “letting myself go.”

These are the messages that I was receiving. Motherhood wasn’t empowering. It was something that changed you, and not for the better.

Isn’t that fucked up?

Because on the contrary, when my son was born I felt so much strength, love, and resilience. I realized in that moment the strength we carry as women.

My views on motherhood and parenting have changed enormously. I know now that parenthood is a source of strength. I also know being a parent doesn’t mean you lose yourself. Instead, if you feel called to it, you have the opportunity to become a better version of yourself.

It’s taken me a long time to talk about my motherhood journey and process my transition. I’ve had moments when I’ve shed all of my fears only for them to come back and haunt me a few months later.

I’m still working on it.

On this call, Dr. Linda Savage, Jamie Meekins, doula and birth expert and I talk about what it means to surrender to motherhood. We’ll answer:

  • What does surrendering to the motherhood phase look like in the modern world?
  • How can we transition to motherhood in a way that feels empowering?
  • What does transitioning to parenting mean for our careers, and how can we integrate the two?
  • How do society and the working world need to evolve for us to achieve our desires around work and parenting? And what can we do as individuals to contribute to that shift?

We can’t talk about the future of work and career success without talking about parenthood.

After you listen to this interview, we’d love to hear from you. What resonates with you most from this call? If you’ve decided to be a parent, what is one thing you can do right now to make your transition more empowering? 

Also, if you found this interview helpful, forward it to a friend who can benefit. 

Belma McCaffrey

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