Wonder Woman 2017: The Modern Maternal Woman

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With Wonder Woman coming out this summer, I thought about all of the mommies I am surrounded by who have supernatural powers. Supernatural in being able to juggle everything that this modern world demands of them. A lot of professional moms strive to find that perfect balance of being a wonderful mom and achieving their goals that they have set for themselves personally.

“The Modern Maternal Woman” is a phrase I use to describe the professional woman striving to excel at work, at motherhood and at home. She makes breakfast, does laundry, goes grocery shopping, goes to work, puts dinner on the table and helps with homework. She then balances putting in quality time with her husband and kids. And let’s not forget social media, one has to set aside time for that as well!

I am an attorney who works 8 to 5, then after sitting in traffic, I come home to my 18 month old son who is potty training. When I get home I am exhausted, but, I get home before my husband. Therefore, I have to tend to my excited-to-see-his-mommy 18 month old and figure out what we are doing for dinner that evening.

Now keep in mind, this is how an evening goes maybe 4 days out of the week. At least 1-2 days a week, I also try to network, attend happy hours or DMB mommy night out events.  A lot of people ask me “How do you do it all?!”. I simply reply, “it takes a village and prioritization.”

As you can see, life can get very hectic for the professional mom who strives to have it all! She wants to be the best wife, best mother, best sister, best daughter, best friend, and best worker

Here are “Five Tips to Achieving Balance of Supernatural Demands”:

  1. Prioritize Your Relationships: Meaning your marriage, your kids, your job, and your family and friends. For me my marriage is top priority, my son, then so on. For you it might be different. Once you get this order down, it will make your life planning easier. 
  2. Learn to Make Time for Yourself: It is important to do activities that keep you happy and relaxed. Make time to go get a mani/pedi, read a book or rent a redbox movie that you can watch at home on a day off. Your mental health is very important and your spirit needs to be nourished.
  3. Learn to Say No, Unapologetically: Boy did I learn to use this word a lot more after having my son. As much as you strive to be wonder woman, we are also human. You are not able to attend every event or meet every demand that is asked of you, and IT’S OKAY!
  4. Unglue yourself from Social Media: Okay, so we all are glued to our phones, I get it. We don’t want to miss out on cute photos of babies, birth announcements, etc. However scrolling down memory lane also takes time and attention away from being present at home. Don’t miss out on quality time with your family, your social media followers will forgive you I promise.
  5. Revisit your Short Term Goals every Month: Every month I take time to go over my plans that I have set during the week and the weekends. Think about what it is you are trying to achieve this month. Is it saving more money? Is it going out on a few dates with your spouse? Completing a house project? Attending a church event? Write your goals down and go for it mama! 
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Amber H. Gregg was born and raised in the Oak Cliff area of Dallas, TX. Amber attended a law magnet high school and knew since the age of 12 that she wanted to be an Attorney. She graduated with a Bachelors in Business Administration in 2008 from Texas A&M University in College Station, where she met her husband of 3 years, Devin. She attended Texas A&M School of Law in Fort Worth where she obtained her Juris Doctorate in 2011. Amber finds joy in serving others through community service and is happy that she has found that in a career as an Attorney. Anyone that knows Amber knows how involved she is in her local community. Amber is the Criminal Law Committee Chair for the J.L. Turner Legal Association, a Board Member of the Inspire Ambition Foundation, member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., and a volunteer for her friend's non-profit Girls Embracing Mothers. Amber also deeply values being involved in her church and she manages finding time t o record the weekly Announcements for Antioch Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church. In her spare time, Amber loves to karaoke, shop, and work on her motivational campaign, You CAN Sit With US, that she expects to launch by the end of this year. But most importantly, Amber is a mom to 18 month old Princeton, who she considers to be the biggest blessing that God has given to her. She loves to share her journey of God's blessings and is excited to be a DMB Contributor.

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