As you arrange backup daycare for your backup daycare that cancelled on you again because it's snowing for the tenth time this winter, here comes real estate research blog Moveto to let exhausted WOHMs know that the grass is always greener in a city in which they are not currently residing. (Psst, Junior's other shoe is probably under his bed, behind the Lego wheel and to the left of the fossilized bite of bagel from last week. You're welcome!)
I know what you're thinking: A blog can feature relevant information?
Yes, it happens occasionally and when it happens, it's spectacular! In this particular case, Moveto has released its take on America's 10 best cities for professional women. Moveto evaluated everything from commute times and recent job growth to unemployment rank, adjusted earnings for women, and the number of women's professional groups per capita, in addition to a number of other factors.
According to Moveto's cool blog, if you lived here, then you could be senior management by now:
1. Lubbock, TX
2. Omaha, NE
3. Corpus Christi, TX
4. Lincoln, NE
5. Wichita, KS
6. Pittsburgh, PA
7. Winston-Salem, NC
8. Tulsa, OK
9. Laredo, TX
10. Boise, ID
So, there you have it, ladies! As the boss reminds you how many days you've had to take off this winter for childcare reasons and your childless co-workers (not that there's anything wrong with not having kids!) throw you the evil side eye after picking up your slack due to snow, the Midwest is out there calling your name. It turns out that the Wichita lineman is still on the line, and he's telling you to move there already!
Texas pretends it's not in the Midwest but really, is it fooling anyone? Geographically speaking, it's pretty centrally located. It's even on Central Time.
And don't forget Boise, waaaay out there in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, where you could be managing your own Private Idaho, Inc. by now instead of using up all your PTO by the middle of February, thanks to the Polar Vortex.
It's been a long, hard-scrabble winter for many working parents who have had to readjust their lofty work expectations as they cobble together last-minute childcare arrangements. Is Grandma free for a few hours this afternoon so I can make that 2 p.m. conference call? How about Cousin Edna? I wish she didn't live five states away now. After all the stress working parents have been under this winter juggling everything and inevitably dropping a few balls here and there, they're going to need a vacati...oh, nevermind. Maybe a "staycation"*** will have to suffice this year.
Your task, should you choose to accept it, is to figure out how to get out of that state you're in -- when you're not trying frantically to catch up on your workload from last month. For consistency's sake, I'll go ahead and label this non-urgent task as "urgent" just like your boss does, and then I'll put it in your inbox on top of everything else you needed to do by yesterday. You're welcome.
Perhaps you already live in the Midwest, however, which means if you lived there, then you could be...oh, nevermind. It's cold there and you're here, on a random workplace blog, reading a post that's being written by someone shivering in a fleece pullover as the outside temperature struggles to reach 33 degrees. Spring cannot come soon enough, can it? Here, you look like you need a piece of dry bagel. And a dusty Lego wheel, since you're not getting a vacation anytime soon. Good luck. I'll be rooting for you.
*** As in, working at home after hours to catch up.