By Rachel M. Anderson, Freelance Writer
(Cleveland, Ohio) - Feeling overworked and overcommitted? If so you’re not alone. According to a recent survey by Forbes Magazine and Bump.com, 92 percent of working moms say they feel overwhelmed by work, home and parenting responsibilities.
Many women find themselves misguided about the sense of fulfillment they expected after achieving what they thought was expected of them. “Instead of feeling excited and overjoyed by my accomplishments, having it all left me exhausted and detached,” said JJ DiGeronimo, author of The Working Woman’s GPS, a book she wrote to guide women toward a self-led plan which often “deviates from society’s plan.”
She interviewed dozens of women while putting The Working Woman’s GPS together. The book showcases a range of struggles, triumphs and evolutions by women, including Leah, a former director of communications who decided her current profession was not meeting her need to do something meaningful with a purpose. “At the end of the day, I want to say that I’ve done something for me. I’m now contributing to this big picture idea,” said Leah.
She also interviewed Crickett, 59 yrs old, a mother of two who had held many jobs during her working career, then ended up finding fulfillment when she became an entrepreneur. The author weaves the women’s stories throughout the text, using them as examples to illustrate how the reader can rewrite their own plan to “have it ALL.”
The key points DiGeronimo wants people to take away from her book:
1) The importance of taking a personal inventory to determine what you like doing best and who and what you migrate toward;
2) How to examine what is and isn’t working in your life;
3) How to make small changes that give women the energy and confidence they need to make more effective choices once they understand the landscape.
4) How to execute a new plan that makes the most sense.
Maria, 26, a manager in supply chain management said she came to a realization after she took the inventory in the book. She discovered that her assets, skills, and talents are not aligned with her current job. “The inventory made it apparent that sometimes I grasped onto people and jobs because I was scared and often held on too long. These inventories make it so objective. It is now more visible that I need to make use of my special gifts,” she said. Maria made small changes and is now in the process of adjusting existing choices and making new ones to move her life towards one of inspiration.
Sarah, 34, has been in healthcare for the past 13 years. During her interview for the book she was asked if the “Plan to have it All” was working for her. “No,” she said. “I choose to put more of my time and energy into work, whether it be worrying about it or putting time into it. Most of my choices are between family and work and I put less time into myself. I don’t feel balanced with myself.”
“If you too are in a life that leaves you wanting more, making adjustments is critical to your journey, but you can only make those changes if you know what energizes you and thus what direction you should be moving in. The Working Woman’s GPS provides you with the roadmap to get from where you are to where you need to go,” said DiGeronimo.
This book is already getting the interest of many women’s meetings and diversity programs. DiGeronimo is scheduled to appear at several women’s conferences where she looks forward to sharing stories, exercises and advice with women who have worked towards the “PLAN to have it All” and are now LOST in their own journeys.
About the Author
JJ DiGeronimo is a successful businesswoman. She’s been working in the technology field for 17 years, advising Fortune 500 companies on emerging solutions. One of her self-defined missions, through speaking, writing and mentoring, is to empower working women to identify and achieve their own definition of the “ALL.” She lives in Cleveland, Ohio, with her husband and two young children.
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