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The Working Mom Manifesto: How to Stop Hoping for Happiness and Start Creating It Kindle Edition

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About the Author

Just four years ago, I was a failed wannabe “Super Mom.” “As I sat in my office inputting orders, entertaining my toddler, nursing my baby, and dialing into the next conference call, all at once, I still felt guilty for not having time to pick up the dry cleaning. No matter how hard I worked, it was never enough. I was never enough.” I thought that I had the perfect business, perfect home, and perfect family. My plan was not to be neurotic, but that was the harsh reality. The same Type-A, hopelessly optimistic, and fiercely driven personality, which led to many of my successes, was also killing me. As I stared at the candle flames dancing so effortlessly atop my 32nd birthday cake, I couldn't help but tear up. If only I could be that free? Despite all my “hoping”, I was not the mother I always dreamed of being. My business had taken over my life and was failing despite my 80-hour workweeks. My health was fragile and I was suffering from an unexplained neurological illness that left me disabled for days at a time. My 10-year marriage was ending and a kidnapping that happened ten years prior was haunting me. My real life was a far cry from the fairy tale I had once imagined. As I blew out those candles, I made not a wish--but a promise. Enough was enough. No more hoping, I would create my happiness. I separated from my husband, faced my demons, shut down my business, and moved away to create my new -happier- life. I spent the next year in a beautiful lake house re-connecting with my kids, my passions, and myself as I wrote my Manifesto for Happiness.

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  • File Size: 893 KB
  • Print Length: 168 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0980187834
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Voyager Media Inc.; 1 edition (May 15, 2013)
  • Publication Date: May 15, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00D4BAKHK
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #824,366 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Four years ago, I was desperate for work-life balance and hopelessly searching for happiness.

My business was failing, I was suffering from an unexplained neurological illness, and my marriage was ending.

Finally, on my 32nd birthday, enough was enough. That day, instead of wishing- I made a promise to myself. I was taking my life back. As scary as it was to take that first step, it was even scarier to not take it. No more hoping. I was hell bent on creating my happiness. I spent the next year in a beautiful lake house soul-searching and writing my Manifesto.

With my Manifesto as my guide, I transformed from disaster to renewal in just 12 months. Instead of working 80 hour weeks, I was down to 30 hours. My sales goals of $500,000 were shattered by hitting $5 million. I created systems to ensure my family and my health came first- not work. I was finally blissfully happy.

Never again will I lose that balance and control over my life. I wrote The Working Mom Manifesto in hopes that my candor will spark meaningful conversations about Moms, work, and the struggles for work-life balance we all face.

Whether you're a stay-at-home mom, career mom, or mom entrepreneur- we unite as "Moms" here. This is a judgment-free zone and I welcome you to our community. I look forward to hearing your story!

Heather's work and story has been featured in outlets such as the Today Show, Oprah, the Early Show, USA Today, Access Hollywood, Entertainment Tonight, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, Fox & Friends, Only in America, Entrepreneur Magazine, and others.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michelle B. on June 11, 2013
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Heather's book is a wonderful guide to creating your own lifestyle manifesto. She brings to light issues that working moms face, but often close their eyes to. Her story is raw and real and her experiences speak volumes about the ability to overcome adversity. The Working Mom Manifesto reminds us to keep our real priorities present in our mind and focus on the things that will bring us true happiness, rather than joining the un-ending pursuit of things we're told will make us happy. I recommend her book to any working moms who want to stop living for the promises of tomorrow and start living their ideal lifestyle today.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C2comm on June 14, 2013
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As a mom and a small business owner, I have faced the same dilemmas that Heather describes in her book. She also weaves in personal and moving stories of other successful women who made the choice to pursue their dreams - choosing not to fill their lives with meaningless trinkets, but enriching experiences.

The ideal time for women to read this book is before they get get lost in other people's expectations. But, the truth is most women need to get lost before they can truly find themselves.

I would definitely recommend this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Andria Kuzeff on June 12, 2013
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Heather Shuck and the women she's included in this book are an inspiration! With 2 little ones and a 60 hour a week office job (+ travel + 2 hour a day commute), I'm struggling to put my family first and make sure my children don't have to settle for what's "leftover" at the end of my work day. They deserve the best of me. I'm reading and highlighting and learning how to create a lifestyle similar to Heather's. Thanks for the guide!
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By Angela on July 22, 2013
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Good ideas and a quick read. I enjoyed the inspirational quotes and author humor. It's nice to feel like others know how you are feeling.
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The Working Mom's Manifesto gives practical and easily implementable guidelines on how to integrate family and career, without throwing either under the bus. I particularly liked reading about how other women handled things from realising that their particular situation wasn't working, how they arrived at a new vision for what they wanted their work and family life to look like, and where they are now. I would've liked to have read more about Heather, as well as, the other women interviewed in terms of their emotional state - what they were feeling and thinking etc. I think on some level most of us know what we want and have a decent idea of how to get there but we sometimes get tripped up by feelings and thoughts of is this normal, am I crazy, is this what I'm supposed to be doing it etc. The book is great at the practical guidelines - here's what to do, here's why to do it - but I felt it fell a little short on some of the emotional stuff.
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