On Vulnerability

She appears quite confident but, like me--she's quite vulnerable. I like that about Katherine.
She appears quite confident but, like me–she’s quite vulnerable. I like that about Katherine.

I just had the pleasure of listening to TEDXRVA’s earliest presenters via livestream, Katherine Wintsch, a Richmond woman and national spokesperson for The Mom Complex. She and Leslie Griles of The Martin Agency created the cool concept, and she’s become a bit iconic for moms everywhere.

Katherine spoke for a mere six minutes with her adorable blonde bob topping her petite

I was watching Katherine via livestream during TEDxRVA's first-ever event.
I was watching Katherine via livestream during TEDxRVA’s first-ever event.

frame, enthusiastically and honestly sharing her experience of a mom and of being vulnerable. It’s not something we are always comfortable talking about as we see the perky moms on t.v., she says, or the ones who simply show up to playdates WEARING MAKEUP.

Recently I wrote a blog post entitled I Don’t Know How She Does It with a similar theme: what’s behind the woman is not always the face you see in front of you. It’s funny how when women have a more visible role in the community (or country for that matter!) folks always tend to think those gals always have it together.

And while I can hardly compare myself to Katherine (hell, she’s been on the Today show, and I’m pretty sure I’d die of excitement, rendering me unable to speak), I can say that it was refreshing to hear her reiterate her vulnerability. By sharing that sensitive and often embarrassing feeling of inadequacy that all of us women–and moms–share in a common bond: we’re all learning, growing, sweating, freaking out, worrying–together.

Thanks, Katherine. If you were sweating, I couldn’t even tell.

Note: I hope this is available via recording soon–when it is, I’ll post it here. Every woman should watch it.