I'm proud of what it's done so far. It started with solutions for working parents, ideas for implementation, and highlighted some women's issues at work. Then I added a blog and a Facebook group. After some more research, I added sections about women and business and moms and education. I recruited people to write guest posts, and the response from many of those has been huge (some of the most popular have been about the necessity for women to get an education and to prepare for the future, and about the discrepancy between Utah and other states in women's education). I've heard from business owners, women who work from home, women going back to school, and a few men trying to balance work and family, too. I've solicited guest posts from family (thanks, Mom and sisters and cousins!) and business women in the community to talk about these issues. I've harassed the press. I've written a letter to the editor and written an article for a national magazine.
It's been hard work.
Some things haven't gone as planned, of course. I've had to abandon some ideas and I've put others on the back burner. There have been a few times when I wanted to quit. And even more times when I was impatient for things to happen--I want this site to save the world NOW!
But, between the moments I wanted to pull my hair out, there were quiet indications that I was doing something right. A comment saying a certain blog post was exactly what someone was looking for. A request for ways a person could help. A conversation with inspiring ideas. A message thanking me for inspiring someone to make a positive change.
I think the workplace really is moving toward positive changes. Work/life questions will be even more relevant in the future, if current trends are any indication. And that's good news for those of us for whom both family and work are priorities.
So, over the next year, I will continue to promote the realitization (my made-up word for today) of the workplace. The reality is, people work, but they have lives, too. And if workplaces can recognize that, everyone will be better off.
I hope you will do what you can, as well. Please continue to share your stories, and if you have any suggestion for this site, for the blog, or anything we can do to encourage family-friendly workplaces, I'd love to hear from you.