* We’re giving away 2 copies of Kamy Wicoff’s new book, “Wishful Thinking.” *
* Enter to win by leaving a comment at the end of this blog post. *
Six years ago, I left my full-time job because work stress and chronic busyness combined with the exhaustion that comes with raising very young children was making me sick. Then I started working for myself and found out that self-employment gave me the control I needed over my schedule. I could help support my family and still make time to chaperone the occasional field trip at my kids’ school, or pick them up early when they needed some extra TLC. I told everyone I was the best boss I’d ever had. I felt like I’d hit the working mom jackpot!
Then my kids started getting older, needing us less. They used to follow us around like baby ducklings. Now, they find our presence mildly embarrassing. I went from having the perfect work-life balance to feeling rejected and, a bit, well…bored.
A couple months ago, out of the blue, someone offered me a really cool job and I surprised myself by accepting it. Now I find myself back in the slightly over-busy life of a working parent.
Things are different than they were before—I’m not breastfeeding and sleep-deprived, I’m better about setting boundaries, and I have less guilt. But once in awhile, something comes up—a work event conflicts with something I’d planned with my kids—and I wish I had magical powers so I could be in two places at once.
If you have ever had this fantasy, then boy oh boy do I have the book for you.
Wishful Thinking by Kamy Wicoff, published last week by She Writes Press, is the story of a busy career mom who discovers a magical doorway into “having it all”: a mobile app that allows her to be in two places at once.
How many times have you wished you could take your kid to ballet class and attend a meeting with a new client? Get groceries on the way home from work and arrive at daycare before late pick up? Have a date with your honey and read the kids a bedtime story? What would it be like if you never had to choose between one thing and another, if you never had to say “I’m sorry”? I found myself completely drawn in to the story and think you will, too.
I have two free copies of Wishful Thinking to give to blog readers. To enter, just leave a comment telling us what two places you wish you could be in at once. In mid-May, I will pick two winners at random and contact them to find out where to send their books.
Update 5/30/15: The winners have been chosen! Gina and Laura — I sent you an email. Please send me your mailing addresses so you can get your books!