We’re 90 days into shelter-in-place and social distancing, and I feel the affects on my mental stability and emotional resilience.

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We’re 90 days into shelter-in-place and social distancing, and I’m beginning to feel the affects on my energy, mental stability, and emotional resilience.

To be honest, I feel like a 14-year old teenager again. I notice that I feel way more uncomfortable, insecure, and worried about what other people think about me, at least more than I typically do.

Remember age fourteen? Yeah, I never thought I’d be back there again, but my brain and my mood feel eerily like I did when I was a teenager.

Awkward, uncomfortable, precarious.

This is not easy.

I was chatting with a business friend of mine about this feeling, and she remarked that it’s also an apt metaphor for what many people are going through right now.

The choices we make as a teenager-like the choices to leave home, to choose a college, to get a job, to carve out our adult life-they are weighted with significance and importance. It feels heavy, important, hard. It feels like weights on your shoulders. …


This is not a normal time—and it is okay to react as such.

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I only have a few hours a day to write right now, usually early in the morning, while my husband is watching the kids, before we switch back and forth to cover childcare and try to work. It’s almost impossible to think in a straight line when patches of time are scraps of minutes stuffed between dishes and magnatiles and chocolate cake that’s been ground into our carpet with the bare feet of small children. Coffee isn’t working anymore, at least not the way that I want it to. There are so many dishes at the end of the day, and my brain feels like mushy, soggy soup. …


A Working Parent’s Prep Guide To Staying Safe and Sane During The 2020 COVID-19 Pandemic

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What should we be doing to prepare our families, workplaces, and communities for Coronavirus (COVID-19)?

The time to prepare for COVID-19 outbreaks is right now, today, yesterday. We need to prepare, we need to act, and we need to step up and do things differently than we’ve done before.

In this article I’ll cover:

1 — What are Coronavirus and COVID-19?
2 — Why we should all prepare: point of view
3 — What we are dealing with, an overview
4 — The social and civic reasons to prepare
5 — Dealing with fear and worry and how to stay calm
6 — Is this just media just hype? …


A Working Parent’s Prep Guide To Staying Safe and Sane During COVID-19 — From the executive director of Startup Pregnant

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How do you prepare for a baby with the advent of Coronavirus? Here are my thoughts.

This is part of an ongoing series on Coronavirus and COVID-19. In the first article, I outline why we all need to prepare right now and what we need to do to get on board with social distancing and slowing the spread of the disease. In this article, I want to talk about pregnancy and preparing for birth while dealing with the coronavirus outbreaks.

DISCLAIMERS: I am a parent, a writer, and a researcher with degrees in psychology and biology, as well as a graduate degree in urban planning and landscape architecture. I like to plan ahead for things and tend to overthink, over research, and prepare. That said, I am not a doctor, a medical advisor, and I don’t work within healthcare systems. I am writing this from the perspective of a citizen and a parent. None of this should be construed as medical advice. Please heed your local community guidelines and governments, the CDC, your doctors, and other sources as this outbreak progresses. …


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I’m gathering a group of people together this year for ten months to help you stay accountable to your big dream — that thing you want to do.

The purpose of the program is to help you stay accountable to your goals for the coming year, and to do so around other smart, committed people looking to do the same.

What do you want most in 2020?

Whether you want to play more piano, you want to write regular blog posts, you’re trying to stick to a new exercise routine, or you want to add more community back in your life — whatever your goal is, this group is here to have your back.

It’s a blend of an online course (aka videos + love notes + rifs on habit change from me), plus you’ll be organized into small groups that meet once per month to check-in and talk to each other about your goals and the progress. (I even have a spreadsheet for everyone to keep track of your goal over the coming year…). …


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It’s 4:52am in the morning on a drizzly morning in New York City, and I’ve gotten up early to write this before my children wake up. My partner and I both work full-time — I’m part of a two-adult, two-income household with a toddler and a newborn. At night, I’m spending my time arranging help for a friend who is struggling, and in the new few weeks, my stepmom and father will have hip and knee surgeries, respectively. And these parents? They’re arranging care for my step-grandmother, who lives with them, making sure she will be adequately taken care of while they recover from surgeries. Oh, and I’m technically writing this on my “maternity leave” (which I don’t really have, as an early-stage entrepreneur). I had a baby 14 weeks ago. …


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Decision paralysis is real. Sometimes when I have a huge decision looming ahead of me, it’s hard to figure out what to do. Right now, I’m about four weeks away from taking maternity leave as a founder, and setting up my business to work while I’m gone has been a next-level challenge.

Just the other day, I met with my operations planning team, and we reviewed the pile of work that I had on my plate ahead of me. My lead operations person looked at me and said “Sarah, you have to make some tough decisions here. …


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Working Mother just released its annual list of the “100 Best Companies” for working mothers, and it’s no surprise that the top-ranking companies offer paid parental leave, childcare assistance, and flex-time options. But some of the findings were a surprise — like the rise of gender-neutral parental leaves, and how these companies stack up to traditional HR benefits packages (hint: there are some stark differences).

I dug into the report and asked Subha Barry, President of Working Mother Media, to share her thoughts on where we have to go from here. Here’s what companies like Deloitte, McKinsey, Bain & Company, and IBM — all companies that made the Top 10 — are offering the modern worker, and why it’s so important.


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It’s here! Last year we launched our first Startup Pregnant mastermind community for a group of talented, inspiring women entrepreneurs, thinkers, and do-ers. Now, it’s back for our 2019 round and we would love to have you join us. It’s a nine-month program for women change makers to come together to think through the puzzles of what it means to be a woman, a business owner, and a parent all at the same time (or pretty close to the same time).

Over the course of many months, we will watch each other build, plan, break, build again, and all the things that happen behind the scenes of being a human being making work (and children) in the world. No one is immune to the struggle. #TheStruggleIsReal. Instead, we come together, to be in the arena together. …


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And why you need to pay attention to this now, not later

When I first got started in the world of blogging and online marketing, I went to twelve conferences in one year. I had to double-check my calendar at the end because I was kind of shocked by how many I’d gone to — it wasn’t necessarily in the plans, but I just kept feeling like it was the right way to get my feet wet, to network, to meet people. The appeal of meeting people, being in the room with them, and connecting to new voices was not only inspiring — it was necessary for my growth.

That first year, I went to the World Domination Summit in Portland, Oregon (back when it was just 500 people!), I headed to Nebraska for Big Omaha, and I even flew to Costa Rica to hang with fellow female entrepreneurs for a week by the beach and in the jungle. …

About

Sarah Kathleen Peck

Escape from Alcatraz swimmer. NCAA All-American. Director of Startup Pregnant: http:/startuppregnant.com

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