Fearless. Am I? Should women have to be when it comes to work and motherhood? This was my line of internal questioning as I pondered what I could contribute on the TEDx stage.
Of course my answer was – I am full of fear – yet, I think most who know me would call me fearless. So yes, maybe I should apply.
Then – how can I best contribute based on my personal experience and with stories that are relatable and a call to action that we aren’t hearing as working mothers. So, I googled and as you’ll hear when I take the stage – the results showed me that we absolutely need more voices encouraging us to take pride in our work both at the office and in the home.
So, I applied. I’d like to say I then waited with bated breath checking my email every few hours – but honestly, there’s just no time for that. In fact, I missed my acceptance email and almost the deadline to be apart of this amazing journey. Lesson learned – please forward all communication on this important topic to my work email.
Now we are in business. It is exhilarating to start the process of a TEDx talk and working with the TEDxCherryCreekWomen team is right up my ally. Prep session one – no notes – just bring you and your idea. Timer set – topic in hand – what flows from your mind? This is my favorite way to create. Even if I typed out every word line for line, I would never hit the same marks twice. Plus who has time for all that prep – life before baby and career was the prep – life is the prep!
Are you sensing a theme here? Can you feel my confidence, if not my pride? There is a lot in my mind and I know I have the ability to share it with all of you. There is also a lot on my plate, and while I’m not circus caliber plate juggling while riding a unicycle material – I think I’m striking out on a new path one that takes the idea of having it all and the reality of sacrifice puts in a touch of pizzazz and boom out pops the ability to give up the guilt and get on with it.
Yours, MacKenzie Roebuck-Walsh