When I was asked to speak about how to “Balance Life as a Modern Woman ”, I thought “ Wait a second. Do I have the answer? Because I have no idea….” So, after the panic attack, I shared my story on Monday with several hundred moms and educators from my daughter’s school.

But here’s the truth…I never thought I would be a working mom.  My life is all about kids.

I am still learning how to navigate the 2 worlds of being a mom that works, but here are 6 clues from my talk, that have assisted me in the attempt to balance it all while staying sane:

CLUE #1: SUPPORT
Wherever you may get it from, don’t be too proud to accept…and acknowledge it.

CLUE #2: HAVE PASSION FOR WHAT YOU DO
It’s like oxygen, you need it to be successful

CLUE #3:  TEAMWORK.  IT TAKES A VILLAGE TO RAISE A CHILD
Nothing like friends who you can call on to help you out at the last minute, or work friends who understand that sometimes you need to be somewhere.  No questions asked.

CLUE #4:  TRUST THE TEAM
Little by little I started to learn more about how to let go – at work and at home.

CLUE #5:  BE PLAYFUL
It gets you out of a lot of difficult situations.

CLUE #6:  INVOLVE YOUR KIDS IN WHAT YOU DO, and they, in turn, will involve YOU in what THEY do
My girls are critical connoisseurs of media.  They write scripts with me, give notes on rough cuts of animation, weigh in on music.  There’s nothing that builds self esteem better than having your voice heard.

Good luck in your personal quest for balance!