Every millennial mom’s day starts somewhere.
In the case of this post, a day in my life starts figuratively and, on most days literally, with a video intro. The life of a YouTuber who also happens to be a parent consists of researching and visualizing how to captivate an audience the second they hit that play button.
Obviously next is ALL THE CAFFEINE.
Parenting, as a daily responsibility all its own, warrants a necessary means of energy. For most parents, that comes in the heavenly form of liquid majesty. Or “coffee/tea” for the layman among us. For millennial parents like me who are tackling the fast-paced undertaking of building a digital empire, multiply that caffeine necessity by, oh, a badrillion.
SHUGGILIPPOs! Roll out!
My personal life mantra is “Grab and Go”. Second only to “Does anyone know where I can get some nachos?” of course. So many times, whether it’s because of a jam-packed day of errands and activities or because every internet hermit needs a healthy dose of vitamin D (that’s sunshine for those of you reading this from your introvert caves) from time to time, I depend on something lightweight that I can tuck under my arm as we jet out the front door.
Did someone say writer’s block?
Creating content everyday is hard, yo. It takes a lot of fiddling and finessing with words to get those jokes just right. Between publishing pithy one-liners to Facebook or crafting an entire post about the stuff that drives every parent in the carpool line crazy, having a convenient place to jot it all down is crucial.
Researching cat GIFS.
Okay so maybe perhaps probably certainly, this is not going to be a universally applicable spending of one’s time. But it is for me. The ability for me to search, scour and source animated GIFs for my site and the sites I contribute to is up there on my mental priority list with “Breathe.” and “Don’t forget to feed your family.”
Now we quality time.
A big part of my own upbringing, and what I’m certain put me on the digitally driven path I’m on today, was spending time with my dad as he would show me the bells and whistles of our computer back in the early 90s that was the size of a mini fridge. I have always appreciated that time. Now that I have a curious 7-year-old of my own, I love the portability of the Lenovo. It’s easy-to-carry without having a heart attack that tiny hands will fumble while carrying it. Don’t get it twisted though. He still can’t manage to keep pizza crumbs on his plate. The logic is lost on me.
Lounge and learn.
We are barefoot, floor people in this house. Meaning even though we have hardwood and nary the derriere to cushion spending so much time on the ground, we are always doing stuff from the safety of the floor. One of our favorite things to do after school is slap the Lenovo into tent position, cuddle up on our tummies and get to math-ing.
Experience what the pretty little world has to offer.
Like that mythical vitamin D I mentioned before, being “plugged in” for too long can make a family stir-crazy. Getting out to explore and discover the world every day, even if it’s simply a quick jaunt over to the library to play on the coolest, oldest tree on the planet in flip flops and almost sprain your ankle about 18 times, that’s dope. Plus, when part of the experience you’re building online includes capturing stuff your family does on the daily, it’s a great reminder to get out into the world and do something. So I gamble on that ankle injury. I do it for the YouTube.
Edit, edit, edit, edit.
About 90% of the life of a YouTuber is time spent editing. The other 10% is shooting and eating nachos.
Feed dat family doe.
This is my personal reminder, in addition to hunting for cat GIFs, to feed that family of mine. I’m a hybrid cook when it comes to my recipes. Some of them are mega old school and on paper, but if I’m itching to try out a new dish, I always go digital. And really, nothing makes it easier to read instructions when your hands are covered in raw meat and an assortment of pungent spices than yelling at a piece of technology to scroll down. Because salmonella. And nope.
Tweet it out before bed.
That final pass through social media and your inbox before hitting the hay for the night is real. We could pretend that the bruise on our forehead isn’t from a smartphone dropped right between the eyes. But we’d be bold-face lying. In tablet position or laptop position, I get my tweet on right before I pass out. Some of the most hilarious things are happening on the internet after 10pm. Okay and also some of the worst.
For those that do millennial parenting life.
When Lenovo asked me to be their Ashton Kutcher for millennial moms (alright, maybe they didn’t necessarily say it exactly like that), I jumped at the opportunity to help them spread the word about the multi-mode usage (we’re talking laptop, tent, stand, & tablet modes here, folks) YOGA 3 Pro. The hinge system alone is impressive enough if you’re needing impressing. Inspired by a watch, it includes 813 hand-assembled pieces of aluminum and steel. That’s a lot of hand-assembling, but it sure does make the device slick and flexible. Literally flexible, you guys.
Life as a parent is inherently fast-paced. We’re always looking for reliable convenience and that’s what I had a chance to experience when I took the Lenovo YOGA 3 Pro 3 for a spin in my day-to-day grind. I’ll say I was also pretty jazzed that the particular color I anxiously awaited at the front window for was Clementine. A spunky orange hue that poetically symbolizes how I’d define all facets of my life. A machine with personality. I dig. It also comes in brushed gold and light silver though if you’re more of the “regal device” type.
And now I’d like for you to add a little personality to your digital life by offering you a chance to win Your Own Lenovo YOGA 3 Pro! I AM AWESOME! You can enter below by sharing with me in the comments how this nifty thing will help you streamline your own hectic life. Also? I’d highly recommend you visit the Official Lenovo Tastemakers site for even more chances to enter. Only one winner per household, but bulk up dem odds, guys! The contest runs through next Friday, April 24th and here? Here you have the opportunity to submit an entry every single day.
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.