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I compare myself to moms I don’t know on Instagram

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The other day I unloaded over the phone to one of my close friends. Fights I’d been having with my husband, frustration with my toddler’s independent/insolent streak, work and other personal challenges. I spilled all the tea, basically.

“Wow, that does not sound good,” my friend finally said. “But at least your life looks great on Insta.”

I laughed, because it was true. But I can’t stop thinking about how strange that is.

The world's cutest toddler runs through a field of orange poppies

You can see the stunning field of wildflowers I posted on Instagram, not the argument we had in the car on the way home. You see my son frolicking on a trail, not the no-nap wildebeest who stomped through the house later.

The world's cutest toddler runs through a field of delicate purple flowers and yellow wildflowers

It made me think about how often I open the Instagram app and gaze at the images from moms I don’t know.

They’re lean and fit, wearing gauzy dresses as they bathe their pudgy, adorable babies in farmhouse sinks. They live in minimalist houses with toys made out of wood. They cook healthy, sensible but whimsical-looking lunches (plus the occasional ice cream cone for #FriYay). They take long walks along a foggy beach with their hot partners, their babies snoozing contentedly in natural-fiber carriers. Even their “Whoops! We made a mess baking cookies!” posts are cozy and inviting.

I have a messy, imperfect life, but these moms have “lifestyles.”

I know that things aren’t perfect for these families. I mean, I know that on a rational level. The things on Instagram are carefully curated images, designed to show a small sliver of someone’s life. There’s no complete picture.

It’s easy to forget that when I scroll through the feed, though, longing for a clean house with gleaming hardwood floors or a baby who coos instead of screams. It’s easy to want what they have. Heck, even jealousy feels authentic and meaningful when you’re looking at mamas who exude wellness and inspiration. (Once I closed the app on my phone, growling, “I want a smoothie bowl in a Mason jar with granola on top! I want to make things that are healthy for me!” So if jealousy motivates you to do things that are good for you, what could be wrong with that?)

But I still look at their profiles and wonder if the perfect lifestyle is just one #vanlife journey away.

A field of orange poppies in California. They are bobbing their heads in the gentle breeze

So what’s the solution? I don’t think weaning myself from social media is the answer. I’ve written before about the connections I’ve cultivated through these platforms, and I believe the good far outweighs the bad. Besides, I really like to look at pretty photos. Instagram still feels like a haven on the Internet, even if it comes with a hefty side dish of envy.

I think I just need to remember what my friend taught me: It’s possible for both the flowers and the fights to coexist. I know that from my own experience.

People are complicated. Our lives as mothers are complex and multifaceted, and there are as many ways to raise a family as there are families. (Some do it in flowy linen dresses; I do it in old tee-shirts and yoga pants.) And while a picture might say 1,000 words, our realities consist of entire libraries. It’s not necessarily a fabrication to only reveal one chapter at a time.

And here’s the other thing: I still want to spend my days frolicking through flowers with my son. Even if it never ends up on Insta.

Do you compare yourself with other moms on social media?

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Vitalie Taittinger: ‘I don’t need to turn myself into a man to achieve the same things’

Champagne businesswoman Vitalie Taittinger is next in our Women Who Win series, giving us some insight into how tough you have to be to hack it as a woman in the alcohol industry…

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You may not have heard of Vitalie Taittinger, but you will definitely know her Champagne house, producing Taittinger Champagne since 1734.

But if you were about to dismiss Vitalie as an heiress, you can think again – only choosing to join the family business when her father bought back the 300-year-old brand after it was broken up and sold against his will.

Now, with her father and brother by her side, Taittinger has gone from strength to strength, becoming the ultimate family business – but there’s no doubt that a lot of that is down to Vitalie, proving herself to be an inspiring businesswoman, boss, mother of four – and did we mention that she’s absolutely lovely?

But how does she do it all?

According to Vitalie, it’s all about mindset and elegance. ‘I don’t want to be a man’, she told us. ‘I don’t need to turn myself into a man to achieve the same things. I’m really conscious that I’m a woman and that’s a beautiful thing’.

Our Women Who Win interview series celebrates strong and inspirational female trailblazers, shaping the future for us all, and Vitalie Taittinger and her unwavering optimism and love for her work and colleagues is that in a nutshell.

We sat down with Vitalie to find out how tough you have to be to survive as a female Champagne boss nowadays and how to use being a woman to our advantage in the workplace…

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The Taittinger family. Credit: Taittinger

What is the biggest sacrifice you have made?

Deciding to follow my father into the family Champagne business – it totally changed my life. I would have loved to have been an artist – I studied art and that was my plan – but I was so impressed by my father’s dedication to re-buying the family company that I asked to work for him instead. He kept it a secret and the people that knew doubted him – he was quite alone in the project. But he did it, and it wasn’t for ego or money, for him it was something to transmit to the next generation and I was, and I still am, very impressed by that. I had to reorganise everything and accept another life – it was one of the biggest decisions I ever made.

How often are you discriminated against?

I think that women are respected in the Champagne industry. We work in a different way to men – and that’s great. What I’m really trying to do is push the feminine side in business. I don’t want to be like men. I’m really conscious that I am a woman and I don’t want to turn myself into a man to achieve the same things. I don’t need to be a man.

How do you overcome struggles?

It’s all about teamwork. When I’m in a team working towards a goal, I am no longer a Taittinger family member or a woman, I am simply someone who has a job to do – I try to be super dedicated about the objective.

What is the best advice anyone has ever given you?

Someone once told me that if you want to be in good health, you have to love yourself and tell yourself that every day – and I really think it’s true. You have to empower yourself every morning. Instead of seeing your face and telling yourself “I feel old, I have dark eyes, I can see wrinkles”, you have to look at yourself as a beautiful person. It is such good advice – and like all good advice, I never actually manage to follow it, but I do think it is important.

Vitalie Taittinger. Credit: Taittinger

What do you refuse to compromise on?

I refuse to compromise on honesty and trust – they are so important to me. If I promise someone I will do something, I will always follow through and if I get behind something, I get behind it 100%. I will only hire people that I trust – that and authenticity are the two most employable traits and I always take them into consideration when building my team.

What quality do you deplore in others?

Negativity. I need positivity – that is the dynamic that I like and thrive in. I actually wouldn’t be able to work in a negative environment – you can make mistakes, you can have problems – but you have to go on and try to find some positivity – just try it again, correct it – and feel better. When people around you are of the same belief, it is so much easier.

What is your superpower?

I think my superpower is love and joy – I love people, I love my family, I love life. And in the workplace, there’s no greater superpower – when you love people and you love what they are doing, they are so much more encouraged – they want to prove and they want to give. The more generous you are, the more people are generous with you.

When are you at your most productive?

I think I’m the most productive when I’m alone. No day is the same for me and I’m always thinking about a million things in depth and jumping from one to the other. It is hyper challenging, so for me it’s very important to have time to myself to be able to process. I try to make the most and take the benefits from each moment alone, just breathing and taking some distance.

Vitalie Taittinger. Credit: Taittinger

How should women ask for more?

I’m really bad at asking for more – I never ask for anything – I have always been a believer in being patient and letting things happen. I really do feel that if you deserve something, you will get it, but it is important to know your worth. My advice is to go in with the right attitude – don’t voice your frustration, instead explain what you do and the value that your involvement brings. Most importantly, try not to insist too much, go about it in an elegant way.

When are you proudest?

I am super proud when I see my children. I’m proud of what they are and who they are becoming. I love watching them – picking up on their humour, seeing how they evaluate things, watching how they drive themselves. They are becoming individual people and one day they are going to fly. Being a mother is definitely the most valuable act I have done in my life – it does make you feel a bit older though!

How do you celebrate success?

I love celebrating by surrounding myself with the people I love – being with my husband, seeing good friends or staying at home with all of my children. For me it’s kind of success enough to stay in the home I love with the people I love. But a bit of rest, Champagne and good food can help too.

Finish the statement ‘Women should…’

Women should embrace the fact that they are women. Our society has changed so much and we’ve come so far that we’ve almost started to forget that being a woman is a beautiful thing. There are so many things that only we can do – we are so many characters in one. We can be mothers, we can be workers, but it’s important to remember that we don’t have to represent strength and authority all of the time, it’s OK to be tender and creative. Being a woman is a wonderful thing.

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Liberating Words: Myself

The poems in our ongoing “Liberating Words” series were written in an interdisciplinary course for high school juniors at The Winsor School, an all-girls school in Boston, Mass. The course, “The Personal Is Political: An Interdisciplinary Look at Feminism,” is co-taught by Libby Parsley, a History teacher, and Susanna Ryan, an English teacher. The second unit of the course focuses on the history and literature of second-wave feminism—the women’s liberation movement of the 1960’s and 70’s. Students read a compilation of poems by women writers from that period and then wrote their own poems; the assignment asked them to represent an issue or problem they see as central to 21st-century women’s experience through the very personal genre of poetry.


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Myself
by Maggie Donovan

Hot
Cute
Short
Tall

Fat
Skinny
Curvy
Not for all

Is this all you see
When your eyes happen to fall on me?

My smile
My eyes
My hands
My feet

My attitude
My talents
My fears
My mood

There is more than what you first see
So take the time to notice them or don’t look at me.

Maggie Donovan is a junior at the Winsor School in Boston.

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Packing my kid’s lunch for school is a dumb competition with myself

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The scene is something out of a horror movie. An artisan, free-range horror movie.

I pull the silicone mold from the refrigerator. The homemade gummy bears pop out, minus adorable heads and faces. Instead of woodland creatures, they resemble gnawed roadkill.

I was determined to make healthy treats for my preschool son’s lunchbox — my quest to give him everything I never had — only they’ve made a massacre of my kitchen. Half the beet-kale slurry is dripping down the blender; the other half has been shaped into the stuff of gummy nightmares.

I was weaned on the culinary hits of 1980s Ohio, and my immigrant mother was proud to scoot me off to school with a brown bag of Americana. Meatloaf sandwiches, Ding Dongs, Tab. The closest I ever got to an antioxidant was a Crunchberry.

Now my mother has long passed, I have my own family, and we’ve moved on to California, where I cook some form of kale each day. It’s state law.

A basket full of leafy, green kale on a white tablecloth

 

While my mom admired both the convenience and technology of novelties like spray cheese, I make my own yogurt, pickle everything short of the furniture, and spend so long in the kitchen I’ve sprouted gray hairs just crafting the appetizer course.

I don’t know why I do this. My TV isn’t black and white, I don’t hand crank my car, but I fully embrace fermenting?

My culinary efforts seem even more futile since my food critic is a toddler, and making healthy fare appealing to him can be a stretch. (“This isn’t just quinoa — it’s Batman quinoa.”) Hence the dumb bears with gaping faces.

About a dozen of them look passable, so I arrange them into an Instagrammable heart.

Purple-ish red gummy bears arranged into a heart shape

 

Perhaps they taste good? I sample one, and I’m slapped with the flavor of mulch and mom guilt. They taste like self-loathing, coincidentally what I’m feeling as I heave the gummies into the garbage.

I’d turn to my child for lunch ideas, but he’s no help. Like most toddlers, he’s both confident and incompetent — determined to have his way, even though he concocts the worst ideas.

“What would you like for lunch?” I asked recently.

“Ice cream. But hot.”

“That’s never going to happen.” I explained the whole point of ice cream is that it’s cold. That’s how it works.

“How about cold hotcakes?” he countered.

A small muffin in a yellow tin

 

Instead I end up packing an almond butter muffin, some chia pudding, an apple, baby carrots. It’s a solid meal, albeit an underwhelming one — there’s not even a sushi roll made to look like an adorable panda — but it’ll have to do.

Anyway today’s lunchbox beats what my son ate yesterday, when I caught him hunkered down on the floor, crunching kibble with our Dachshund.

At least the dog food was organic.

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The trick I learned in Silent Book Club to feel like myself again

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Maggie Downs

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In the first couple years of motherhood, I thought I lost myself.

It wasn’t that I didn’t love being a mom. I did. I loved the yogurty smell of my son as an infant and his tiny sweet breaths as he dozed on my shoulder. I loved how each day was like slowly tugging open a curtain, revealing a little more of my son’s personality. I even loved how his colicky screaming fits made his laughter even more extraordinary.

What I didn’t love was how motherhood made me feel less like me.

I used to travel, budget-style, with a backpack and a lots of long, open roads. I ate meals when they were still hot. I had hobbies that went well beyond washing cloth diapers and going to Target. And maybe most important of all, I used to read.

I read the New York Times in print on Sunday mornings, and I had stacks of library books next to my bed. Even my e-reader overfloweth.

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And then after I gave birth, I just didn’t. I bought books, and they just sat there looking at me like, “Who are you kidding?” I still listened to audiobooks, and those were usually pretty great, but I often missed chunks of the story (see: colicky infant, above) and I genuinely missed holding something in print.

So take that feeling of being a hollowed-out shell, combine it with the immobilizing loneliness of new motherhood when it felt like all of my old friends disappeared, and you have the worst recipe ever. It’s no wonder I was sad all the time.

It’s better now that my son is older. He has a decent attention span and will play with a train set for about 7 minutes before trying to set the house on fire, and I can squeeze in a whole paperback page before everything goes to hell. (But I usually don’t do that, because what if something tragic happens? All the horrible Facebook comments on the news story will be like, “Some mom. That’s what you get for READING.”)

And now that he’s older, I’m not so tired at night anymore that I fall asleep in the shower and wake up cold and shivering and 100 percent responsible for California’s drought. I’m usually able to read a chapter before I hand over my one-way ticket to Snoretown. So that has helped.

A woman is completely immersed in a book at a bookstore

 

But the biggest change occurred after I discovered Silent Book Club, which I wrote about recently for Lit Hub. You can read about my experience here. In short, it’s a group that gathers monthly to read individually. Unlike a traditional book club, where everyone reads the some book selection and has a conversation about it, there are no reading requirements for Silent Book Club and no obligation to participate in a conversation. You just bring a book to a public space and read alongside other people.

I interviewed Guinevere de la Mare, author of the forthcoming book I’d Rather Be Reading: A Library of Art for Book Lovers and the founder of Silent Book Club, who said the idea for the club came about when her son was 2 and she desperately needed reading time and a social outlet.

“With an infant or a toddler, to be able to sit in your house and read a book, it’s a luxury and a privilege you just don’t get,” she said. “I needed to grant myself time on the calendar to give myself permission to do nothing but read.”

Solidarity, sister!

What really made Silent Book Club work for me was the fact that I made a date with myself and reclaimed that time. Turns out that when I put something in the calendar it comes true. I’m not sure if it’s some kind of wizardry, or maybe just a self-fulfilling prophesy, but it works. And I wish someone had told me that YEARS ago.

I’ve since used the trick to find room in my schedule for other meaningful things – an exercise class, a quick coffee with a friend – to get me out of the house and with some semblance of agency. Doing so makes me a better mom and a better human.

Best of all, even if I lose myself again, I know exactly where to find me.

How did you feel like yourself again, post-baby?

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RHOA’s Kenya Moore Pulls Gun on Three Trespassers at Her Home: ‘I Have a Right to Protect Myself’

Kenya Moore pulled a gun on three trespassers who climbed a wall and entered her property over the weekend.

The Real Housewives of Atlanta star, 45, revealed in two consecutive Instagram posts on Saturday that two men and one woman “climbed over a wall in order to circumvent my security gates” and proceeded to knock on her front door.

“$ 1000 REWARD if you can identify any of these 3 individuals of criminally trespassed on my property yesterday. These are the first screenshots but my security is pulling the footage from other cameras. They climbed over a wall in order to circumvent my security gates and wall being bricked,” she wrote in her first Instagram post, in which she shared a screenshot of the three trespassers walking side-by-side on her property.

“They were driving a white car. The female was recording on her phone the entire time. They told someone! Turn them in anonymously and if it leads to their arrest you will get $ 1000 each. It is never ok to violate anyone this way. It is not funny. Men showing up at your door is an immediate threat. Things could have ended badly and all 3 will be criminally prosecuted.  #nottoday #receipts #mooremanor,” the post continued.

In the second post, Moore admitted to fans and followers that she pulled her gun on the three trespassers by sharing a screenshot of herself with the weapon in hand.

“I have a right to feel safe in my home and to protect myself. I don’t care if I’m on TV. What if 3 strangers banged on your front door …2 of them being grown men wearing dark clothing knowing they could only get to you by jumping fences or trespassing onto other properties and mine? There are home invasions, robberies, rapist…What if your children or loved ones were threatened this way?” she wrote, and added, “Anyone who is bold enough to commit a crime, endanger themselves and others needs to be punished. Please help me identify these people. $ 1000 reward email mooremanor2016@gmail.com. #savage #YouDontWantThisWork.”

The Bravo personality also stated in an Instagram video following the scary ordeal that she intends to prosecute the trespassers.

“I’m pissed! 3 people knocked on my door a woman and 2 big grown men. They climbed the fence when they couldn’t get through my security gates,” she wrote. “They got what they came for I stay sitting on ready. if any crazy motherfuckers want to F with me u deserve what’s behind these doors. #myhammersstayready #criminaltrespass #theytriedit.”

A rep for Moore did not immediately respond to a request for comment.


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Defending Myself From the Knee Defender

Legendary football coach Vince Lombardi once uttered the phrase, “The best defense is a good offense.” I plan to turn those words into action the next time I fly coach class.

By now everybody is familiar with the escalating brouhaha over personal space when flying. The skies seemed reasonably friendly until August 24, aboard United Flight 1462 between Newark and Denver. A female passenger trying to recline her coach seat was thwarted by the Knee Defender, a device the male passenger seated behind her had clipped to his tray table. She complained; he refused to remove the device. She threw water at him and the pilot made an unscheduled landing in Chicago, where both passengers were ordered to extricate themselves from the plane — no easy matter when crammed in coach. Since then, two similar disputes have caused the rerouting of flights.

I’m not surprised there was confrontation aboard Flight 1462; after all, it did originate in New Jersey. What shocked me was how many air travelers, through blogs and social media posts, defended Knee Defender Guy. Six-foot-plus individuals, laptop users and claustrophobes were among the most vocal. So naturally was Ira Goldman, the device’s creator.

Conversely, I’m solely behind Water Throwing Girl, feeling I should have the right to use whatever features come with my coach seat, limited as they are. Imagine buying a car with a top-of-the-line stereo system and stumbling across the following sentence in the owner’s manual: WARNING! DRIVER WILL NOT PLAY KENNY CHESNEY ON RADIO IF ANY COUNTRY MUSIC HATER IS IN VEHICLE.

Until this incident I had never seen, nor heard of, the Knee Defender. This, despite being a longtime 100,000 mile a year flier on American Airlines. Okay, my Executive Platinum status means I frequently get first class upgrades, free alcohol and the right to mock and elbow coach passengers on my way down the jet bridge (read the fine print), so maybe I’m not the most impartial candidate on this matter. But I also fly Southwest Airlines, where all passengers are treated like equal pieces of cattle headed to the slaughterhouse. Nobody has whipped out a Knee Defender, although I will probably see one soon. Sales of Goldman’s $ 21.95 device have reportedly skyrocketed.

Airline rule books appear split over the Knee Defender. Some carriers ban the device; others allow it but don’t advocate bringing it aboard. Until it is deemed illegal by everyone, I’m going to have to channel my inner Lombardi, creating an offense to counter Goldman’s device. Passing gas immediately comes to mind, but I have no qualm with anybody else in the row behind me. Or next to me. Or in front of me. Or across the aisle. Casually dumping a glass of red wine on the Knee Defender offender would look suspicious, as it would require a 180-degree move on my part.

The most obvious answer? Speed. During takeoff, seatbacks must be in the upright position, tray tables stowed, blah, blah, blah. Once the plane is airborne, I’m positive I can recline my seat faster than the passenger behind me can assemble the Knee Defender. You snooze, you lose.

So I’ve solved that dilemma. And now that my brain is in full airplane problem-conquering mode, I’m ready to market my own line of passenger defense mechanisms. For starters, I will patent the Elbow Separator, a thin metal sheet that easily divides a row’s community armrest. Side by side coach passengers get an equal three-quarters of an inch all the way to Hawaii.

Next comes the Shoulder Jolt, an electrically-charged cushion I’ll wear behind my neck. Any sleeping passenger whose head listlessly flops onto my shoulder mid-flight gets the shock of their lives, no pun intended.

Finally, don’t board without my number one creation, Foot Odor in a Jar. Put it in your pocket and discretely open it when your fellow passenger removes his shoes. The quickly intensifying smell tricks Stocking Feet Guy into thinking he is the source of the stink. Note: This product is not always needed; I’ve flown next to passengers whose feet smell far worse than anything produced in a lab.

So Mr. Goldman, the gauntlet has been thrown. Sit behind me on a flight and be prepared for creations you only wish you had designed. We can settle our differences like adults, but you may have to wake me first, as I like to sleep on planes.

Usually while reclining.

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