Andrea Recommends…Call All Yu-Gi-Ho! Fans to Rock the Vote!

This September, the CW4Kids network will debut a brand new Yu-Gi-Oh series called Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s. With a whopping 51 new episodes airing during the 2008/2009 season, the show will feature an exciting new storyline that will include new duelists, vehicles, challenges, competition and a new theme song that the Yu-Gi-Oh! obsessed can help choose.
From now until September 7th at midnight, fans can check out the seven toe-tapping, head-banging finalists and vote for their top pick. Then, on September 13th at 10:30 AM, tune in to the premiere on the CW4Kids to see if your favorite tune rocks the show’s opening.

Britney Spears’ Mom for Vice President

I have officially heard everything. Just when I was dumbfounded by the fact that John McCain selected an NRA card carrying, anti-abortion, moose and wild sheep hunting salmon fisherwoman to be his running mate this November, comes news that the mom of five’s 17 year old daughter is pregnant.
Now is it just me, or does this mean that as governor of Alaska Mrs. Palin was too busy to stay on top of the fact that her teenage daughter was already getting busy while her mom was busy attempting to get her brother in law kicked off the police force?
I may be sounding incredibly judgemental considering this site is all about celebrating women who balance work and family without ever missing a beat. But something tells me that Palin might be in a bit of denial that she’s going to be able to be John McCain’s VP and have kids who aren’t affected by the fact that she’d have to uproot their lives in order to fulfill the #2 slot in America. Is her fisherman husband going to quit his job and raise their kids full time? And D.C. is way more problematic than Alaska – it’s teeming with bars and college kids – a veritable oasis for her troubled teenage daughter. Will her daughter marry the kid who got her pregnant in the first place? This and many more questions have me concluding that I’d rather see Palin as the star of a reality show than as John McCain’s pick for the vice presidency. While she’s earned the reputation for being a whistleblower and a barracuda on the job, her #1 role as a mom is suffering in the process.
Again, I know it seems like I’m jettisoning the female gender back to the 1950’s but trust me, that’s not my intention. Hillary Clinton pursued the presidency the right way. She encouraged her daughter to achieve her true potential by being there for her every step of the way and once Chelsea entered adulthood, Hillary went for the brass ring with her daughter at her side. As working moms, we are constantly struggling to decide whether our kids will be scarred for life if we work non stop. Perhaps as governor, Palin wasn’t readily available for a heart to heart talk about the importance of protecting oneself from an unwanted pregnancy. According to the Republican spin masters, they knew about Palin’s daughter’s pregnancy and didn’t hold it against her. Nor do they hold against her the fact that her husband was caught driving drunk more than 24 years ago. Well at least Sarah never cheated on anyone – how could she? She’s too damn busy trying to keep everybody else in her family in line.
I wonder what Karl Rove is thinking right about now since he would instinctually use this kind of dirt to bring a Democratic candidate to their knees. I guess the Republicans thought that in Sarah Palin, they had the perfect American story of a mom who has managed to do it all while raising a family. Sure she’s doing it all, but doing it well is a whole different story.

Labor Day Lament

It’s 7:27 am on Labor Day and I am wide awake and working. I can’t explain what motivated me to hop out of bed and not do something more productive like exercise, or perhaps rolling over so I could get more sleep. Instead, my lonely computer was calling me. I hadn’t checked email in over a day and it was time to get back on before the kids woke up and asked for a turn on my laptop so they could play webkinz.
I honestly don’t know why I’ve become so compulsive about my business. It’s been one year since I’ve been out on my own, and frankly, I’ve found myself working more hours and more days than I ever have in my life. Is it healthy? No. Is it satisfying? Not really. So why do I do it? I have no clue. It’s as if someone has turned on a switch in my brain and now, no matter what I do, I can’t stop thinking about all the things I need to get done over the coming weeks and months.
I’m fortunate that I do have some incredibly talented people working with me, but still, when you’re an entrepreneur, it becomes a bit daunting when the buck literally stops with you. And so, you’ll just keep at it until you get results or burn out in the process. The crazy thing is, as much as I wanted to become an entrepreneur, the more I realize why people stay in corporate jobs – it’s safe, it’s comfortable, and you get to turn off the switch.
When you’ve got a 9-5 job you don’t get emails on weekends, late at night or before the day begins and even if you do, you’re not expected to return those emails until your workday has officially begun.
Before I went out on my own, I remember starting my day at 9:30 am. Sure I checked my emails beforehand, but I never would have been on the computer at 6 or 7 am and I certainly wouldn’t have been sending out emails on weekends and national holidays. But now, I’m a 24/7 operation and frankly, as we prepare to start a new school and work year, I don’t know if the solo business life is all that it’s cracked up to be.
I guess time will tell in the months ahead if I’m still enjoying the bumpy road to success. What I do love is building my website and getting to network with incredible women at events I’ve produced this past year. What I don’t love is having to run another business at the same time to finance my passion. Something has got to give. And perhaps maybe that’s why on Labor Day, it’s time to take a hard look and decide, am I happier now than I was before? Is being a business owner all that it’s cracked up to be? Would I be better off back in the corporate game while pursuing my passion?
I know the grass is always greener on the other side and considering my grass is literally looking like hay these days, I’m seriously contemplating trying out some new astro turf.
Feel free to share suggestions or words of encouragement.