Why I’m Jealous of Celebrities

As I stood in the living room folding laundry that had been sitting in the dryer for two days (Geesh, did I really just admit to that?) at 9:20 one night, I had a thought. I’m jealous of celebrities … and not for the reasons that you think I am. Its not because they have so  much money or because they can travel anywhere and not worry about who’s covering them at work … well, maybe those reasons would be included in my jealous thoughts but that’s NOT the main reason.

Its because these ‘working mom’ celebrities all have help. They have a maid, a nanny and a personal assistant. What I wouldn’t give to have someone come over and fold this laundry, pick up my son from school and just run checks to the bank for me.

I realized that I could get so much more work done if I had a personal assistant and who was cool to do a little cleaning on the side. Not an assistant in that Brady Bunch’s Alice ‘I’m a strange woman’ way, more like the Fran Dresher from Nanny kind of way. I could put up with that laugh for some help!

When I have this conversation with my mom-friends, the main thing I realized is that they have a support system at home. Let’s be honest, we know their husbands aren’t doing the laundry but some of them have actually cooked dinner while a few others picked up their kids from school. I realized that I needed to find a support system to get me through my Authentic Journey.

So where does a divorced single mom find a support system? My research led me to something called CafeMom.com where I can connect with other single working moms. When I clicked in and found 120 groups for single moms, I clicked right back out. This is about regaining my lost time not finding one more web site I need to go to every day to check in with others (hey – I’ve got Pinterest for that!).

Here is the part where I ask for your advice – please let me know if you have any suggestions for how any of you have figured out to grow a support system for yourself. My business/speaking opportunities are growing and I’m currently sorting through all the writing projects I feel compelled to write. I feel the pressure of trying to get everything done so I’m constantly trying to find creative ways to get more time in my day.

And  if anyone knows a personal assistant who’d love to work for free, please send them my way! You know, now that I think about it, I don’t think that I’ve seen Fran Dresher on TV except for that weird show on TVLand … do you think she needs a job? Hey Fran … call me …

Photo credit: Celebrity Crowd

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14 thoughts on “Why I’m Jealous of Celebrities

    • Yeah but then I’d have to answer all those ‘what are you thinking about?’ and ‘what are you feeling’ questions. If I could get a wife who just says, ‘what can I do to help you’ then send her my way 🙂

  1. I think you’ve stumbled upon the age old question of mothers. No matter what the situation, SAHM or WM or SWM… there is still never enough time, and too much laundry! My mom joined Parents Without Partners when I was a kid, we did a lot of group activities, I’m not sure if that’s what you’re looking for…

    • I realize this isn’t just something a single working mom has to deal with but some days, I would just love to have a little help. I’ve looked into those kinds of groups but mostly they seem for moms with small kids and they plan playgroups. Thanks for your advice though – I always appreciate it when you stop by 🙂

      • Keep searching, I’m sure there is somehting out there that will work out great for both of you. I’m trying to delegate more. Six is old enough to fold her own cothes, right? I just try not to wince when I see the state of her drawers.
        I always get a kick out of your posts.
        Who knows, maybe your speaking gigs will pay off and you can hire your own entourage in the next few years!

      • Funny that you said that … I’ve been thinking about hiring an admin and personal asst type of person. I’ve got to get the work up to bring in more revenue so I can get the help but now I’m stuck in that in between stage where to get the increase in income, I have to do it all.

        I had my son helping with the cleaning to get more points (which equals more allowance) but that’s not going so well for me. Maybe girls are easier to help with the chores. I remember doing an awful lot of cleaning when I was kid.

      • Her response to chores depends on the wind, I think. Sometimes it’s anything she can do to help, or like today…asking her to clean her room resulted in a temper-tantrum.
        I bet your in-between doesn’t last long. Try hiring a college kid, they usually work cheap for the experience!

      • They get better when they get older … because you can bribe them to get stuff 🙂

        I’ve toyed with the idea of getting an intern but then you go through this cycle of training them, then they leave, then you train a new one, etc. I think I want someone who’s been around a bit, someone who can jump right in and not need much training.

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