Its a blogger BONANZA! www.Mother-Talk.com has started up a new trend to have women within the blogsphere to write on a single suggested topic. Today, fearless Friday in honor of Arianna Huffington's new book On Becoming Fearless...in Love, Work and Life.
I've had such fun once I became a fearless pursuer of life transitions. Having transformed myself from a lawyer running Harvard's public interest office for a decade to being the head of my own company, best-selling parenting author, and forming my own mom marketing firm. It's been such an adventure, and one that has fit in so well with having kids ages 13 and 14 (they think I'm a stay at home mom as I'm there to greet them most days after school!)
Ten years ago, I went from being a lawyer having founded the public interest advising office at Harvard Law School to deciding I really needed to be more available to my kids and so I left to embark on a completely, radically different career of writing parenting books. At Harvard, I was recognized as one of the top lawyers under 40 by American Lawyer Magazine, and the lawyer of the year by Masschusetts Lawyer's Weekly.
It felt like bungie-jumping and hoping that the cord holds as you plunge headlong into a complete transformation. Gone were the 12 lawyers in my office and 1,600 law students that trooped through my office each year to a home office peopled with a few college students.
It reminded me of a quote that I memorized as a teen from Dune of all things about being brave, and it goes something like this (okay, it has been a couple decades!): "I will face my fear. I will let the fear pass over me and through me. And when I have turned to look in fear's path, there will be nothing to fear at all."
It turns out that forcing myself to be fearless turned out to be fantastic.
I founded Mom Central, Inc. and my parenting books have lead me to becoming a best-selling author. I have a community of over 15,000 moms who I email every month with tips and advice. I'm totally accessible to my kids while still being a role model for a successful, dynamic career. I can pick them up from school, I can be here when they get home to hear about their day, and we have so much more time to hang out together and go on adventures. It just goes to prove the saying do what you love!
Plus, I highly recommend re-inventing yourself, in fact, I think that everyone should every ten years! It may take a leap, but it is well worth it.
So thanks to Arianna Huffington for reminding us about facing and surpassing the fears that hold us back from self-actualizing.