Stay at Home Mom
Today is my 42nd birthday. And I'm quite happy about it.
Now I know not a lot of people are happy about getting older, but I happen to wear my age as a badge of honour.
I've accomplished a great deal in my life, thus far. And I'm pretty proud of that. I'm also proud to be a mom, who is exceptionally proud of her kids - and who they are becoming through each passing year.
I really think that birthdays are a time to reflect, a time to look back at what you have accomplished - and a time to look forward on what you have yet to do.
Please join me this month for a book signing and reading of my new book "Beautiful Noise."
Sunday, May 26th, 2013
3:00 - 4:30pm
Black Bond Books
South Surrey - #1-15562 24th Avenue
I received the great news that Black Bond Books will be carrying my book in all 12 of their locations here in BC.
I'm so excited because my parenting book has finally been published and I wanted to share it with my readers.
The book is called "Beautiful Noise", and its a compilation of my past parenting articles (from 2006-2012) about being a stay at home mom.
When I started writing for the newspaper about my experiences as a stay at home mom, I think what was paramount in my mind was getting my thoughts out there with as much honesty as possible.
I fought against the stigma that your brain might turn to mush if you become a stay at home mom - or that you were throwing your life away if you chose this path....
I just had coffee with an amazing mom and entrepreneur today and like most of my "coffee dates", I came away more inspired and passionate about what I do, more than ever.
I love being a mom, and what set me on my journey to writing, being a mom entrepreneur and experiencing so much of life's gifts is because of my children. They drive me to be the best I can be for myself and for them.
I want to be a good example to my children. It's one of the reasons I chose to be at home with them. But I also wanted more - and that's ok.....
As today is Mother's Day, I thought it would be appropriate to post an article that I wrote a few years ago, about how a local ad in a newspaper would read if someone was looking to hire someone for the position of "MOM".
Desperately Seeking One Mom: Required Immediately!
This entails cleaning the floors and vacuuming (especially in the kitchen due to crumbs from children’s dinners and snacks that always make their way to the floors). You may need extra time in this area if pancakes, honey or juice is served - as all leave a sticky residue behind, where inevitably some unsuspecting guest will get stuck in it. Please note: You may need to clean the same area more than once during the day depending on number of times the children eat.
As well, laundry is to be done on a regimented basis to ensure that all family members have fresh clothes to wear each day. You may find yourself doing more laundry than initially intended, as the children tend to go through two to three outfits per day (see above re: eating habits) and may or may not include your husband, if it is a weekend.
Making the beds (this could sometimes be two to three times a day, depending on how many times the children jump on the bed and/or pull it apart).
Dusting is a must and cannot be overlooked. I stress this because it is a guarantee that the time you do decide not to dust, is the same day an in-law or friend will drop in to say hello and witness your bad cleaning skills......
If anyone had told me five years ago that I would become a stay at home mom, I would have thought they were crazy.
The truth is once we have children - our priorities change. We are still the same people but with one very important change - we are now mothers. And as mothers, everything else in our lives becomes secondary. I am a firm believer that there is no such thing as "balance" for moms, it's an urban myth. Yep - created to make us think we can do it all - and balance it all perfectly. However the real truth in life is that there is no perfect balance - only choices...
The weekend and Event for me was a whirlwind filled with wonderful merchants, connecting with parents, and being on Main Stage for the two days of speaking about being a Stay at Home Mom, and how Moms can become Mom Entrepreneurs.
It was without a doubt, the most positive and uplifting Event I have attended in a very long time and my hat is off to the Producers of the Event, who made it all seem effortless.
I started thinking today about the meaning of my life. Now before you think I am getting too philosophical with you - think about this: If you are in your mid 30's or early 40's - you are half-way through an average life span. What have you done with your life up to this point that you are proud of? What do you wish you could change?
We never want to think that we have lived our lives and never taken a risk - never truly experienced all that life has to offer.....so are you up to the challenge? Does your heart beat a little bit faster when you think about what could be?.....