Drew Barrymore: You Can’t Have It All

Posted on May 14, 2013 by 3 Comments
Drew Barrymore: You Can’t Have It All

Drew Barrymore is a successful actress, producer, and director who also happens to be a new mom. The 38-year-old star gave birth to her first child, daughter Olive, last September, and for now Barrymore has decided, “I can’t direct movies right now; I would miss out on my daughter.”

Many of us face similar choices when we become moms and it usually means sacrifice of one sort or another. Barrymore addressed this topic when she spoke at the April 4 Fashion and Beauty Bloggers conference sponsored by Lucky magazine and spoke about the concept of “having it all” professionally and personally.

I found her answer both honest and refreshing.

“I don’t. I can’t. I was raised in that generation where it was all, ‘Women can have it all! and I don’t think you can. I think something falls off the table. The good thing is that the things that stay on the table become so much more important. You have to choose your battles.”

While not everyone will agree with Barrymore’s opinion, I think most women can relate to what she said. We have to choose our battles, and often as moms it means giving something up so we don’t miss out on time with our children.

When Barrymore told the crowd that she couldn’t direct movies right now because she would miss out on her daughter, she went on to admit it wasn’t an easy choice, but for her it is the right choice. “I worked so hard to get to that point in my life, but it was a clear choice. I just had to make it.”

She also told the audience of beauty bloggers that she thinks happiness is a choice and that she “swears to God it is the best makeup.” If you take a close look, you can see it’s working for her.

Photo credits: david_shankbone

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Donna Sundblad

Donna Sundblad resides in NW Georgia where she serves as the president of the Writer’s Alliance of Georgia. Her most recent book, The Inheritance, was nominated for the 2012 Epic eBook award.

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  • http://www.momhomeguide.com/ Mom Home Guide

    I agree with Drew Barrymore — it is really difficult to have it all. Having kids and keeping up with a career is a difficult juggling game. I think career choice can also decide how well you can juggle career and family. (Some careers facilitate juggling both more than others do.)

  • Penny W.

    I think she’s doing a pretty good job of having it all! Not like taking a few years off is going to damage her career or her finances. She’s a very lucky lady. And she is pushing a new make-up line too, so that’s why she’s talking to beauty bloggers.

  • http://www.citybabyliving.com/ Emily (CityBaby Living)

    I think that “having it all” has to be defined by each individual – for some it means career and family, for others it may mean family and time for yourself. Once you define what it means to you, then you can figure out if you can indeed have it all. In most cases I’ve seen, there will always be something that can’t be achieved. But the best part about defining it yourself is that you can change it over time and the things you don’t have time for now, you prioritize later.

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