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Move LifeStyle

July: A Celebration of Summer

Summer’s here! In theory, this phrase should mean we can all heave a sigh of relief, kick back and enjoy the long, hot days. I don’t know about you, but even while I try to relax and make time for friends and family, playtime and theater, BBQs and zoo trips, my head is already anticipating the fall and putting the wheels in motion for a smooth transition to the busy year ahead, and now welcoming a new life in November!

Dealing with my own issues of work/life balance have required large scale changes and an ‘all hands on deck’ approach in my household to handle the chaos. For example, today I’m in Atlanta for work, and wasn’t expecting to be, so it required a last-minute scramble on Friday to line up childcare for this week. I am so lucky to have my mom, husband and five back-up babysitters I can call on to help us smooth things out. It’s really important for all of us, women AND men, to be honest and upfront about the reality of how we make our lives work. We’ve got to dispel this modern illusion of the SuperWoman, which isn’t realistic and ends up just making everyone else feel bad for not being able to keep up. You cannot do it all alone!

I’m putting it out there how I REALLY seem to ‘do it all’ because it takes a tremendous amount of work behind the scenes and the understanding and cooperation of a lot of different people. Right now I’m spending about two hours a week just coordinating everyone’s schedule in my family and more than twice the cost on childcare than we can actually afford, so we’ve had to look very seriously at how we can make things more sustainable and less chaotic for the not-so-far-away time when we become a family of four. (Four!) With two little ones, I KNOW it’s going to be crazy around here for the next year so we’ve started to consider full-time help. I found this wonderful program through Red Tricycle called Cultural Care Au Pair, which offers surprisingly affordable childcare and a unique cultural exchange program. We’re currently in process of interviewing au pairs to come and join us in our home for a year. The idea of welcoming someone full-time into our lives is daunting and I have conflicting emotions over it, but I know it’s a necessary step in order to handle the roller coaster schedule of this (nutty, wonderful, unpredictable) industry I work in.

Despite the fact that my head is swirling with big changes, myriad of schedules and of course the inevitable question of “What are we gonna eat?” I am also really trying to absorb the beautiful weather and the playful vibe that summer brings. I don’t know anyone, with kids or without, who actually takes the summer off, but this month we’re hoping that just for a few minutes every morning, you can bring a little bit more summer and lightness into your busy schedule. I’m most excited about our huge summer adventure giveaway with a beautiful poolside photo shoot from Adam Hendershott and Megan Lynn. I do hope that the beautiful images we’ll be bringing you and the longer days will encourage us all to kick back at least a little bit each day. Maybe take your morning coffee and your laptop onto your porch and just enjoy the beautiful weather in that hushed moment before the city wakes up and before the busy day begins. Cheers to summer!

Photography via Autumn Reeser and Goss

We hope the longer days will encourage us all to kick back at least a little bit each day this summer. Take your morning coffee and your laptop onto your porch and enjoy the beautiful weather in the hushed moment before the city wakes up and before the busy day begins. Cheers to summer!

Author Description

Autumn Reeser

Autumn is an actress + artist living in Los Angeles with her toddler sons, Finn + Dash. She is constantly inspired by today’s modern woman.

  • Kelly Lester
    Thanks for telling it like it really is Autumn. A huge part of making it “look easy” is the hours of scheduling, prep, and resources that we all need to have lined and ready to go, in order to actually make it work. But then again, it still doesn’t really ever go according to plan, lol… But that’s a whole other post. Or 6 😉
    • Autumn Reeser
      So true, Kelly! Case in point – today I’m working in Atlanta, hubby & Finn are back in LA and our sitter called in sick at 7am with the stomach flu. And commence mad scramble…. now.
      • Kelly Lester
        Ug!! The best laid plans….. :/
  • Sarah & Sarah
    You raise the question that I think most modern couples have to ask themselves: “How do we survive?” Meaning, how do we juggle work, familial, personal, childcare, pet care, health & wellness responsibilities, etc.? It literally takes a village in some way shape or form, but I find that it gets harder and harder to make that work. Like you, I’m expecting baby number 2 in November and I can’t even wrap my head around the childcare arrangements and expenses that we’ll incur. Thankfully, everything always seems to work out…at least with planning, care (and a little stress). ; ) Did you read this Atlantic article?
    • Autumn Reeser
      Thank you so much for sharing that, Sarah! (and congrats on Baby #2!) I love how the article addresses the needs of men for work/life balance, too — it’s more culturally taboo to talk about, but I wish it wasn’t. Flex time and maternity/paternity leave will benefit everyone in the family immensely!
    • AshleyFauset
      A huge congrats to you, Sarah! How exciting! Thank you for sharing that great article from The Atlantic and for your honest and candid views on what it takes to be a woman/mother in today’s age. I am so glad we can all share and learn from one another, and I hope that in the long run, the conversation will instill some change in the current ways the workplace tends to deal with family needs.

Move LifeStyle is an e-zine for the modern working woman created by Autumn Reeser, Jenn Wong and Ashley Fauset.

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