I just quit my job. Today. The one I have had for three years. I must be nuts, but I resigned to start my consulting business. Doing so enables me to be home with my 12 week old son. Admirable from a Mommy point of view, but it comes with another set of life challenges.
The first challenge is that my employer wasn’t exactly thrilled to see me go. (Definitely flattering though.) So I said I would consult for a couple of months to help in their transition. This is added to my second challenge, which is the client I agreed to help prepare for a conference. The third challenge is balancing the first two with my blogging/twittering venture. Oh yeah, I did mention I have a 12 week old, right? That would be the fourth challenge, along with the challenge of handling two toy poodles, who are currently protesting these changes by peeing on the carpet, and losing the 15 pounds of post-baby weight currently on my thighs. <Sigh>
So when I came across the Simplify My Life Sweepstakes asking Mom bloggers to blog how an HP Mini with Windows® 7 Starter could (1) simplify your everyday tasks, (2) work the way you want, and (3) make new things possible, it hit home. I need all three.
It comes down to one word – Portability. Portability is going to be key in my ability to workout, nurture a baby, manage a home and juggle three ‘jobs’ out of my house.
I need to be able to be in the nursery, kitchen, bedroom, basement or garage.
I need to be able to pull up that dinner recipe, while Skyping my father in Afghanistan, wearing my baby in his sling, as I get dog food out of the fridge.
I need to be able to write my blog while walking my dogs on the treadmill. (Yes, that is correct. The treadmill. Hey, I live in New England in the winter!)
I need to nurse my son at 3 a.m. in the dark while typing up a report and responding to email.
All of this is not a nice to juggle, it is a must juggle. Winning the HP Mini 110-1100 by Studio Tord Boontje PC with Windows 7 software, a 10.1″ LED backlit display, 1.17kg weight, 26.15 cm (L) x 17.2 cm (W) x 2.63 (min H) / 3.27 cm (max H) dimensions and powerful 3-Cell Lithium-ion battery, will enable me to meet those challenges.
The contest has ended. To see the winners, visit www.mombloggersclub.com. Since one lucky commenter could also win a HP Mini, I would love to hear from other Moms. Leave a comment here on what challenges you face in simplifying your life and how would this innovative notebook help you? Contest ends at midnight Eastern Time on January 20, 2010, so post your comment before then. The winner is selected randomly (Random.org) via the Simplify My Life Sweepstakes coordinators.
May luck, and eventual simplification, be with us.