Back to Work: Dusting Off, Diving In

I haven’t been alone this long in over five months.

I’m not quite sure what to do with myself!

I’m back to work–back to running live QBQ! training sessions–and I’m kicking it off with a session for a pizza franchisee in Louisville, Kentucky.

In the Air

Working Mom Flying High

It has been a few months since I’ve given my full blown QBQ! talk, and I’m excited to jump back in. I’ve been dusting off the parts of my brain used for this portion of my job, and I’m relieved to find that they are still there! In tact! Carrying and birthing a second child, going through the trauma of the NICU, getting through the “Fourth Trimester”, and learning to balance a two year old, newborn, work and home life didn’t completely erase my knowledge of QBQ and my ability to run a high energy training session. Whoot Whoot!

As I’m practicing my talk, I truly feel like the words are bubbling up from some deep recess of my mind. It’s quite an experience. I’ll start to tell a story, and I’ll be on a roll, and my mind will go blank. Or I’ll get distracted (Mommy Brain). I have to actually close my eyes and wait, what–actually think–and think hard–to remember where to go next. But with patience and pausing, it slowly comes. The next words take shape, and grow, and before I know it, another wave of memory comes racing at me and I plow through another section, with each word I’m feeling more and more confident that I CAN DO THIS!

Ah man–it’s good to be back!

Choosing to work and have children is just that–a choice.

Is traveling away from my babies hard? YES. (Just ask my husband who’s home for the first time with that adorable two year old and that 5 month old who is literally just today giving in to the bottle.)

Is it hard sometimes to balance work and home and kids and me? YES.

But it’s a choice that I will continue to choose to make. I am so blessed to have a job that allows me the flexibility to be with my children and husband so much. I am so blessed to work from home. Not to mention being blessed to work for my parents.

I am blessed to be a working mom. It’s part of what is making me a mother; it’s shaping me.

If you are a working mom, no matter if that’s work-from-home, work-9-5-outside-the-home, work-in-the-evenings-and-during-naps, in what ways are you shaped and blessed by the experience?

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About kristinlindeen

I am Kristin. I am Erik's wife. I am Joshua, Rebecca, and Andrew's mom. I am known nationally as the "QBQ! Daughter" and keynote on Personal Accountability and the QBQ. I am certified in Myers Briggs and am passionate about helping people understand themselves and others better. I am John and Karen's daughter. I am sister to many, mentor to some, friend to others. Most defining, I am Christ's daughter, adopted by God--rescued and saved by grace. And almost every single day, I need to be reminded of that truth. Come say "hi" at www.QBQ.com and of course, browse the blog! I'd love to hear from you, so comment away!
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4 Responses to Back to Work: Dusting Off, Diving In

  1. It has def made life ‘not about me’ – I have had to adapt to what works best for my children – which includes me getting up a little earlier. Our schedules don’t mimic anyone else’s, for sure – but it’s what works for us. I am beyond blessed to have the flexibility – and the opportunity.

  2. Erik Lindeen says:

    I’m so proud of you!

  3. Amy L says:

    I’m a “teach piano lessons at various times of the week in my attic studio while my kids are downstairs with daddy” and a “music secretary at church while my kids run around and entertain the pastors” kind of working mommy – it keeps me on my toes, gives me a little something for “me”, helps in the family budget, and really doesn’t cut into our family time. I enjoy it – some days more than others 🙂 But, for now, this is the perfect fit for us!

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