Letter From Elke: Enough

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Enough is tough.

It is always changing, especially since I became a mom. I remember my free-flying college self who could move everything in my super-cool, totally impractical land-cruiser. Then came the drums of growing up. Houses. Health. Families.

When my boys were little it was all about sleep—there was never enough. With toddlers the measure was patience (for them but mostly for myself). Now we are on the time unit. The kids are busy, their lives are filling up with friends of their own (not the ones who are our friends’ kids), passions, ideas and schedules.

I remember how much I used to look forward to an evening out with other grownups. Now, I realize that evening plans mean I won’t see my kids in the mad rush called the-time-between-school-activities-sleep. And that mad rush is my only time with them.

I don’t get enough of my boys.

I might not ever.

They are spectacular people. In fact, they are my favorite people.

I can’t move everything in my decidedly un-cool, terribly practical car now. Because it is always filled with gear, an extra kid (or four), snacks, garbage, music, bickering, running late chaos. I can hardly fit in there. But I will shoe-horn myself into that car, this schedule, my sons’ lives. For all my reluctance to lose myself in this craziness, I realize that my life is finally, fully enough.

And then some.

This was originally published in Mamalode's print issue ENOUGH.

About the Author


Elke Govertsen is a entrepreneur and founder of Mamalode. She has been featured in Real Simple, Forbes, Where Women Create, Ad Tech, and listed as one of Origin Magazine's "Top 100 Creatives." She has been a speaker at The Girls Lounge, Adweek, C2Montreal, HATCH, TEDx and (her favorite) in classrooms. She speaks on a variety of topics from entrepreneurship to overcoming obstacles. She loves consulting in the areas of community design, storytelling and brand building. Her special skills include extreme bootstrapping, overcoming obstacles and creating opportunities. Of the many things she has learned by doing Mamalode, her ability to work with absolute chaos/kids/mess just might be the best. She is learning that slowing down creates more impact.

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