15 Resolutions Every Mom Should Make

It’s that time of year again.  We reflect on the year past and resolve to do things differently in the year to come.  This year, why not try some of these 15 Resolutions Every Mom Should Make.

15 Resolutions Every Mom Should Make

For most of us it is the same thing every year.  A new year rolls around and we look at our life and try and find things that we can improve on for the next year.  We set goals and we try to find ways to reach our goals.   Did you know that statistics show that by the first week of February 92% of New Year’s resolutions have already failed?  That is amazing but not surprising to me.  Maybe it is because we are focusing our attention on the wrong things.  Maybe we look in the mirror and try and focus on changing the things we can see instead of the things that are deep inside and hidden from view, but that affect every aspect of our life.  We focus on “dusting” the things on the surface when really we need to deep clean.   I’ve put together 15 resolutions every mom should make to help her be happy and ultimately healthy. Because when you are happy deep within, it is a lot easier to make the superficial changes on the outside.

1-Forgive yourself and let go of the mom guilt [Read more…]

Monday Motivation: Mother’s Day Stories

Can you believe that this week marks 1 year that I started my blog?  Well, maybe you can, but I can’t.  That means 1 year of Monday Motivations (minus a few missed weeks when life got in the way).

Since Mother’s Day is this weekend I thought it would be fun to go back over the Monday Motivations from this past year and put some of the most popular posts about mothers together in one spot.  To read these Mother’s Day stories,  just click on the link or accompanying picture to take you to the post.  I hope all of you mothers out there feel extra loved this week and realize what a great blessing it is to be a mom.

10 Motivational Mother’s Day Stories

Mother's Day Stories [Read more…]

Monday Motivation: 10 Ways to Balance the Juggling Act of Motherhood

And so it begins!  The day that I tried to avoid as long as possible.    We are at the point where all three of my oldest boys are now involved in various activities.  Running two kids around seemed manageable, but three might just be the death of me.  I’ve always thought I was good at multi-tasking but just the thought of running in 3 different directions every night of the week has me feeling very anxious and overwhelmed.  And then I realize that I did this to myself.  I sacrificed my sanity so my kids can have different opportunities to have fun, be active and also to develop their talents.  Do all moms do that?  I think for the most part we do.  It’s in our nature to want our kids to be involved in the things that they are excited about and that teach them new skills.  I also feel like I have too much to do during the day so that my early evenings can be spent running kids around.  So how do I handle this time of my life without ending up in the loony bin?

I’ve done a lot of reading on this topic and have come up with 10 ways to balance out the juggling act of motherhood.

 1- Learn to say no! 

I’ll be the first to say that I have a hard time with this one.  I want my boys to be involved in everything that they like but there comes a time where we have to make them choose which activities they like best.  It’s not only important for our sanity but theirs as well.  I know my kids have a heavier school load than I did at their age and getting them involved in too much extracurricular activities at such a young age could really stress them out.  Also,  I feel like I have a responsibility to help and serve not just my family, but people in my church and community as well.  And saying no gets me feeling really guilty.  We have to be able to be honest with ourselves and others and just say, “look, I really would love to be able to do that but I just can’t right now.”  And that answer is okay.  Our lives come in seasons and if you are a young mother with busy kids, your main service will be done in your home.  (And I’m not saying don’t serve others but know your limits and if things start affecting your health and sanity, it’s time to re-evaluate your commitments.) [Read more…]

Monday Motivation: Roots and Wings

Today was the day!  First day of school.  I know I said I would be jumping for joy when school started but when today actually came, I was a nervous wreck.  Not really sad, because I know how much my boys love school and I feel that they were ready to get back on a schedule and back to seeing their friends, but just nervous.

I didn’t cry or embarass them with tons of hugs and pictures (who knew that my little boys would be too cool for mom starting in 1st grade!)  I did snap a few pics from a distance and then got an eye-roll from my 3rd grader when he noticed and I followed both of their classes into the school just to make sure I knew where there classrooms were and to make sure they were in the right place. And then I watched them head off to another year of learning without looking back.

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Monday Motivation: “Do It Anyway”

This quote doesn’t really need any explanation from me.  Mother Teresa was one of the  most loving and selfless people to ever walk the planet and these words of hers are something that I need to be reminded of often.  People will hurt us, treat us unfairly, judge us, misunderstand us, cheat us, and make us feel inferior but we have a choice on how we will react to them and if we will let them have power over us or if we can have power over them by choosing a higher path.

When we choose to forgive, to be kind, to love and to be happy, regardless of how others may treat us, we can begin to create a life in which we find true peace and contentment within ourselves, and then we will no longer rely on the opinions of others to create or destroy our happiness.

Mother Teresa Quote: Do it Anyway

I hope you have a happy Monday and a wonderful week!

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