Branching out

Today in our mail was a lovely flyer from one of my husband’s associates addressed to me. In a few weeks we attend my husbands summer meeting that always includes the whole family. Basically he attends classes for two days and the girls and I sit around pools, and chat with the other wives and families and the token husband or two. Since John Mark works in the financial industry lately things have taken a drastic downward turn.

No longer is it a leisurely 3-4 day conference with golf, and activities along with the mandatory classes… it is two days of all classes and one awards banquet. Bare bones, and no longer resort areas. Cut to more budget conscious motel/conference centers. Everybody is trying hard to make it through the economic downturn, and struggle through it until hopefully the light at the end of the tunnel appears.

Which brings me to my mail I received today. His company is looking to expand more with women in the marketplace, and is wanting more females in those
investment banker jobs, but why reach out to the wives? Because I know the hell my spouse is going through. Let me get this straight….you want me to tell my friends that they should look at being a financial advisor in one of the worst financial markets in history? I choose not to sell out my fellow women in that way. It is a struggle right now for my sweetheart and he has an established office for over 15 years. I would not wish on my worst enemy to go through this right now. It is tough!!!

So I nicely ripped my letter up into little bits, and wish all my friends a stress-free life where the financial freedom, retirement, college money of your friends and family are not your responsibility. Feel free to thank me from sparing you the absolute misery we have been going through.

Annoying Phonecalls

Tonight a phone call came in that listed the caller as Private Number, and then had an unknown area code. I immediately hand the phone over to John Mark because he loves talking to telemarketers and such (I am serious). Well he hands the phone back to me after the introduction because it was a Mystery Shopping Company that needed me to do a last minute shop for them. I hate it when I can’t identify a caller, but at least I know if the phone call comes from sales or charities looking for more money, there is now Phone Number Reporting to report those kinds of calls.

National Security Mom Review and Giveaway

Among my holiday reading this year has been National Security Mom by Gina Bennett. It is an interesting book which discusses the similarities of guarding our country and how we deal we foreign threats and how we parent our children. lists the synapses as: “National Security Mom” offers the basics of current terrorism trends and national security policy making from a parent’s perspective. Written by a mother of five and 20-year veteran of counterterrorism in the US Intelligence Community, this book de-mystifies the underworld of terrorism and offers a unique comparison of how the super-secret intelligence approach to securing our nation is surprisingly similar to how parents secure their homes and families. By comparing the expertise parents gain while running their households to the skills required to govern, “National Security Mom” empowers America’s parents to engage with confidence in the public national security debate. The simple premise, that everything we need to know about securing our nation we have learned from our family life, offers hope that no matter what security challenges America faces, our nation will be proud and secure. We need only follow the guidance we give our children, such as “clean up your own mess,” “tell the truth,” and “don’t give in to a bully,” to ensure our nation’s welfare. Moms know that the most important lessons they teach their children will last a lifetime. Who better to entrust the security of our nation than mothers?

I was very intrigued when looking through National Security Mom to see what Gina Bennett’s perspective was, and although she made some good points, It honestly was a difficult read for me. I found myself struggling to make the same comparisons on the scale that she did. For example kids needing “timeouts” to me personally are on a whole different level than a country needing a “timeout” to evaluate and make decisions following a terrorist attack. I got lost in the pages of security information, and found I really wanted some more personal references, and real mom skills that were comparable. I read the book, and recommend it to those who wonder about the trials of a working mother under such humongous duress with definitely one of the most stressful jobs I could imagine. I admire Mrs. Bennett’s ability to multitask, and handle a home life and high stress job. I did take away with it the importance of getting involved civically even on a small local scale, which is something I think is very important as well.

The wonderful people at Wyatt-MacKenzie Publishing have agreed to let me host a giveaway in conjunction with this review.

To five lucky winners I have links to the National Security Kid Center which has:

downloadable children’s pages
links to online activities
a printable poster
Contests to win prizes, and
a chance to be in future books

To enter this contest please leave a comment below with something you learned by visiting National Security Mom and telling me something you like about the site.

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This giveaway is offered worldwide, but the link to the security center will not be avalable til January 24th. Giveaway ends Januray 10th at midnight CST, Good Luck!

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