I’m going for something a bit different today in my “5 Things” edition.
I believe in the power of blogging.
It might not sound like anything special when anybody can sign up for a domain name, start a blog and spout off about whatever their heart’s desire is. But oh, the joy when I find a blog that speaks to me. Everything is at your fingertips when you live in the age of technology – and it’s even better when what your keystrokes find is encouraging, insightful, honest and actually worth reading.
There have, thankfully, been a handful of times when my world was changed, ever so slightly, by the words that someone shared on their blog. And often times, the posts that really strike me are those where the author is emotionally transparent, when they are open about their mistakes and their insecurities, when they remove the rose-colored glasses and allow us to see life in all of its glory – and its pitfalls.
We become enamored when we are doused with the cold hard truth because it has become a fleeting occurrence in this day and age to be forthright, instead of being commonplace.
I am hoping that most of you will find these posts as encouraging as I have.
Everything blares at us from every page and every screen and tells us that we need to do better. It dictates that we need to have it all together, that we have to have all of our ducks in a row. And true, there is something to be celebrated when moms, or anybody for that matter, get it right – some moms are better at some things than others. But what we should celebrate are the small victories. The mom who cleans up the small, but plentiful messes. The mom who keeps her cool through it all, even when it’s just too hard. Motherhood is more than the milestones, sometimes it’s enduring the everyday. This post celebrates that.
A dear friend sent this to me during my first few months at home. After giving up work out of the home, I was finally able to see what had been overlooked during my years of balancing work and motherhood. Namely, the neglect of the menial, practical tasks that had been going on in my home. And the realization of just what it takes to try to keep a home afloat (and from burning down) was a doozy. But this post gave me such perspective on the matter, and helped me realize what is ultimately the most important. Though this is something that I sometimes struggle with daily, and I am quite certain that the same goes for other stay at home moms, this post was so, so refreshing and encouraging to me.
A post by a dear, sweet, wonderful friend and one of my favorite-favorites. Definitely check out the rest of her blog. But this incredible post came not too long after she established her corner of the internet. Heartfelt and sincere – a call for moms to embrace their bodies – every scar and every seam. And Sarah’s bravery is evident in the fact that she posted a picture of her post-pregnancy body. If only we could all be that brave.
This one is a tie. I would feel like I was cheating you if I made these two posts two separate entries on to this list. Every person needs a favorite author (or two) by default and Ann Voskamp is quickly becoming mine. There is pretty much no post of her’s that I can’t happily read and garner something insightful from. And there is so, so much to chew on in her writings. Her words are encouraging, they are honest and they are thought-provoking. Definitely check out the rest of her site.
“You don’t get to make up most of your story. You get to make peace with it.”
5. For ME?
Amanda is awesome. I really could just stop right there, but I suppose that I should keep with the format of this post and write-up a smidge about another one of my favorite-favorites. Amanda is really, really awesome. And her blog chronicles her family’s journey with their beautiful son Theodore, born to them with a few chronic health conditions. Amanda and her family have been on quite a journey these past few years and thankfully, I get to both read her blog and know her personally. And she is just as, if not more so, great in real life as she seems on her blog. And she also has the best sense of humor. She can go from insightful to hilarious in an instant. Definitely worth a read!
I don’t have much to add. You, my friend, need to get to reading. Happy hump day!