“You can have it all. Just not all at once.”

– Oprah Winfrey

Well said, Oprah! I am no Oprah, but this statement resonates in my life. I’m a working mom with a family at home and a family at work, so finding time to myself is a constant struggle – the other day I realized — I haven’t had a haircut in over a year!

Between the dishes, laundry, and keeping up with my 3-year old daughter and husband, there’s not enough time in the day to wait on the phone, so simple things (like getting a haircut) fall through the cracks. Of course, if my salon would let me text them, it would be a different story…

Work-life-what?

Let me preface my tale with the clear understanding that my family is my everything; my heart and my priority above all else. But they are a lot of work – and sometimes going to work can feel like my escape from them! Between getting the toddler up, fed, dressed, and delivered to daycare, if I can make it out the door without milk stains or smeared mascara, I’m winning. If I can squeeze in a workout, I’m feeling like Super Ninja Hulk Woman.

“I don’t have time to be making calls, waiting on hold to 90’s jazz music, to inquire about getting my one-year overdo haircut.”

Then I’m off to work, where I get to interact with some of the most innovative, creative, collaborative individuals I’ve ever known, leading a team in three industry verticals at Zipwhip. I’m so passionate and energetic about my job I sometimes feel like I’m borderline “cheating” on my family. There’s only so much time in the day.

I’m sure my toddler doesn’t mind when I get lost reading articles, or writing blogs such as this, since she gets to stay up late watching Mickey Mouse Club until I realize it’s way past her bedtime – 9:30 PM! But I worry that I’m not giving them enough of myself because I am always in a hurry, running out the door, or staring into a screen saying, “Almost done,” “Just one more thing,” or, “I’ll be right there.”

I write this to emphasize how hectic my schedule is. Between being a mom and career woman, I rarely have time for a phone call to my salon — that’s why, over a year later, I still haven’t had a haircut.

Texting fits into my schedule

As a mother and professional trying to squeeze it all in, the idea of being able to text a business regarding an appointment, opening, cancellation, confirmation, order, inquiry, etc. is a game changer!  I don’t have time to be making calls, waiting on hold to 90’s jazz music, to inquire about getting my one-year overdo haircut. Meanwhile, my split ends multiply, my hair dies off slowly, and I make less appointments with your business.

The juggle between home life and work is acrobatic. Do I give my family enough time, and do I give my work family enough time? Oh — and do I give myself enough time? These are constant questions. The bottom line is, while working and parenting is tough, it’s fulfilling, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. Now… if only my salon (and other businesses out there) would text enable their business phone number so that I could text in my appointment inquiry! I don’t have time to call, so help a mother out and let me text you!

Allison Key

Allison Key

Allison Key leads three industry verticals with Zipwhip Texting - Wedding, Legal and Pharmaceutical Zipwhip is a company that allows you to send and receive text messages from your existing business number on any computer, smartphone or tablet.
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