Happy Mom Feature Monday!
Today we are featuring Prowess Project tribe member, Chantel Fruhling.
See Chantel’s (almost) full blog post below. We saved the productivity hacks for the Prowess Project Tribe. For more hacks, resources and camaraderie, check out the tribe.
What have you done, where are you from, what do you want us to know about your past?
“We were given 3 boys so that we could put 3 good men out into the world. That is our mission.”
- The sheer number of women who identify with the struggle of going back to work after having been out of the workforce for an extended period of time.
- The data being capture that may change the landscape of hiring return-to-work moms & beyond.
What do you wish that your coworkers knew about your work style?
I have a collaborative works style which means I love to sit in a room and hash things out with whiteboards, lots of brainstorming and maybe the occasional disagreement.
If you could bring attention to one thing that women deal with juggling kids and career that goes unnoticed or unthanked, what would it be?
For me, it is the lack of recognition from your peers for a job well done for getting dinner on the table at the end of the day of managing home projects, school calendars, traffic woes during the endless commutes, etc. Motherhood is a thankless job and the “Great Job” and “Hang in there” from your significant other or parents doesn’t feel validating enough.
Things I’ve heard other women talk about is the ability to be present, in the moment with their children without the weight of work clouding the moment.
What kids song (or song your kid listens to) is currently stuck in your head?
Ha! This is a timely question because just the other day, my 10 year old was singing “99 Bottles Of Beer On The Wall!” I asked him why he was singing such a song and he said he didn’t know, that it was just stuck in his head. Well guess what….
We are way beyond kids tunes.
What does a “me day” look like for you?
I like to keep things simple. I appreciate a day when I can wake up gently, have a quiet breakfast/talk with my husband, lunch with the kids followed by a hike or a movie (it is Texas) and then a quiet evening with friends and cocktails.
Empowerment, to me, means knowing who you are and what your value is to your family and friends. If you know these things; then other people’s struggles, shiny object syndrome, worry about what other people think, etc.; becomes white noise. In summary, comfort in your own skin. Not the fake-talk you use to try and convince yourself but, the true comfort of knowing, YOU ARE ENOUGH.