The Reinvention Network

Our mission? To help moms become what they REALLY want to be when they grow up.

Blessing in Disguise July 13, 2012

Filed under: Reinvention Life — The Reinvention Network @ 3:35 pm


Seems I’ve been walking around on a fractured foot for the past five weeks, so says a recent X-ray.  My short-lived soccer career produced a bonafide sports injury, so now I’m rockin’ The Boot.  Pretty, isn’t it?


I have to wear it for the next three weeks — at least — which is making life a little difficult.  I lurch around the house like a peg-legged pirate and do a lengthy take-it-off-put-it-on routine every time I drive.  My right foot is 20 degrees hotter than my left.  I’m trying not to complain too much and I soothe myself with thoughts of gratitude (“I’m so lucky to have good health care!”).  But truth be told, I’m a little cranky.


The bad news is that I can’t do as much around the house.  But the good news is that I can’t do as much around the house.  My darling family has rushed to my aid and there has been a decided shift in domestic duties.  My husband is always willing to do his share, but the kids have a history of shirking.  And I’ve let them, because it’s been easier to do stuff myself than fight about it.  No more.  The kids now have new responsibilities for cleaning up the house and seeing to the begged-for dog.  So far, they’ve risen to their tasks (I do throw on an exaggerated limp to help motivate them).


The kids’ chore list is pretty light, but it’s made a huge difference for me.  I vow that this will be our new normal, even when I shed The Boot.  Because — surprise! — when housework is shared among family members, I have more time for my business.  Pretty sad that it took a fractured foot for me to figure this out.  Better late than never.



Mission Statement Contest. With a Prize! May 9, 2012

Filed under: Meetup Info — The Reinvention Network @ 5:39 pm

As I mentioned before, our group’s mission statement is something I slapped on our Meetup site and blog.  It can be much, much better.  So I turn to you, dear Mothers of Reinvention.  Submit your proposed mission statement to me via the “Contact Us” button on The Reinvention Network Meetup page by Friday 5/25/12, and the Mission Statement Evaluation Committee (me) will announce the winner at our next meeting.

In addition to bragging rights, the winner will also receive a copy of “Finding Your Own North Star” by Martha Beck.  What an incentive!




Apparently, the Return to Work Conference rocked. And I missed it.

Filed under: Resources — The Reinvention Network @ 5:27 pm


iRelaunch mavens Carol Fishman Cohen and Vivian Steir Rabin

On April 27th, the masterminds behind iRelaunch held a Return To Work Conference in Chicago.  Apparently it was THE event for Mothers of Reinvention, but alas, I didn’t know about it at the time.  Luckily, we can all gather some nuggets of wisdom from this article in Crain’s Chicago Business.  The next best thing to being there, right?


We need a new mission statement! April 25, 2012

Filed under: Meetup Info — The Reinvention Network @ 4:48 pm

I slapped up a provisional mission statement when I set up the group’s Meetup page and blog, but it’s a bit clunky: To help moms become what the REALLY want to be when they grow up.

Clearly there’s room for improvement. Any ideas?


Share Your Hot Tips and Resources April 19, 2012

Filed under: Resources — The Reinvention Network @ 3:47 pm

Calling all Mothers of Reinvention: we haven’t even met yet, but the buzz is growing.  As a way to connect before our inaugural meetup, I’d love for you to leave comments on this blog with tips, resources, or questions for discussion.  Clearly, I’m chomping at the bit…

All the best,



Welcome to the Reinvention Network blog April 14, 2012

Filed under: Meetup Info — The Reinvention Network @ 3:56 pm

I thought the Reinvention Network should have a blog as a companion to our Meetup group.  Here you’ll find summaries of interesting things that happen at our meetings, lists of reinvention resources, and anything else that might be helpful to Mothers of Invention.

For those of you that might stumble upon this blog before connecting with the Reinvention Network on, let me fill you in:  The Reinvention Network is for Chicagoland moms returning to work who are itching to try something new. Do you have the urge to reinvent your professional life into something fantastic/scary/mind boggling/risky? Feeling a bit out of your depth/out of your mind? Let’s get together and start heading down the road to What If.

To learn about upcoming Meetups in Oak Park, IL, visit

Hope to see you soon!


Mother of Reinvention