With the Incredibles 2 coming out earlier this year, and the release of my latest book, “Think Like A CEO, Act Like A Mom: The Pursuit of Work Life Integration”, this was the perfect year for me to dress up as Elastigirl for Halloween. For those of you who have not seen The Incredibles 2 , let me summarize without giving any spoilers. In the first movie it was a lot about the daddy of the family, Mr. Incredible. He was the go to superhero and saving the world. Then you had Mommy (Elastigirl) who always supported daddy in his career, raised the children and supported them as they came into their own superpowers but she was often in the supporting role although she had great superpowers herself. But in the sequel, Elastigirl is finally given the spotlight she so richly deserves, while Mr Incredible stayed home and took care of the kids and supported her being out front doing her thang.
But there were moments where Elastigirl felt that all too familiar “mom guilt”. She worried that as she was out saving the world that she was missing out on times with her kids and being there for them when they really needed her. She was struggling with her own work life integration journey. But at the end of the day, she followed her dream, used her super powers for good, saved the world and got back in time to spend some quality time with the family.
I used to have those conflicts, if the truth be told. And admittedly, sometimes those thoughts creep in when I’m away on a business trip and I’m thinking about my kids at home but I often find comfort in the fact in knowing that being a great mom involves embracing who I am and doing the things that truly make me the amazing woman that I am.
We all have a little Elastigirl in us don’t we?
But I want to remind you to embrace your inner Elastigirl. Tap into those superpowers and follow your dreams. Not only will you be happier for it, but the people in your life that are most important to you will as well.
I want to hear how you embrace your super powers, please share with me below.
Ever so comforting to read about other moms who strive to live a work-family balanced life. It’s interesting that, as moms, we often times feel guilt in our lives, but the guilt is never directed at whether or not we are working hard enough – only at wondering if we’re putting in enough family time. Thanks, Tameika, for another refreshing read. I enjoy your “power of positive.” ??