From Fiona's former blog Gypsy Journeys
My goal was to be a star mom, to deliver my daughter to soccer practice and piano lessons and birthday parties, on time and not in a frenzy.
For more than a decade, I lost sight of who I intended to be. Ironically, this happened by trying to be the best mom I could be. After my divorce, which happened when Natalie was three years old, I went back to work full time. I don’t mind work; in fact, I’m basically a workaholic. Work helped to prevent me from feeling sorry for myself, and it brought in a much-needed income. I had a job I enjoyed; it was challenging and sociable, and it put my talents to good use. However, there were drawbacks. I normally couldn’t go on field trips, stay home if Natalie was sick, or pick her up from school when I felt like it, instead of when my work schedule permitted. My goal was to be a star mom, to deliver my daughter to soccer practice and piano lessons and birthday parties, on time and not in a frenzy. Plan fun things to do, cook creative dinners, schedule play dates, and explore our surroundings. My work hours put a cramp on all these things. Determined to change my situation, I began soul searching. Each day during my lunch hour, I pounded the pavement, beckoning the spirits to help me find an alternative path. A path that would allow me the flexibility to be the mom I wanted to be.
Fiona Simon is the former owner of Fiona’s Natural Foods, aka Fiona’s Granola. After 10 years of running the business, and a year of transition with the new owners, she is now revisiting one of her earliest professions, writing. Fiona’s other passions include travel, cooking, speaking Spanish, being outdoors, and exploring her own personal growth.