It seemed like every parenting book, pregnancy to teenagers seemed to provide this near perfect world theory on how things go. Then you add in the stories of how people have it all together and accomplish amazing things while their perfect toddler sits and watches. These are not real. There it is out there. This is not how the majority (if anyone) makes it through life as a parent.
This book offers peace of mind that you are not alone. The things you go through in a day are normal and it is ok. I found a real connection to the things that Catherine McNiel wrote about. I felt like I could have been sitting with a friend and chatting about what is going on in our crazy houses.
This was a fast read for me. I would love to see more from this author in the future. I also hope that this is the beginning of real stories of parenting to come. It is time for people to talk through the real things.
Some days it is easy to get sucked right into the thoughts of all the things to do, the lack of sleep, or really any other not perfectly happy thought. Some days you may need a little more to help fuel you in happiness for the day.
When I started to reach 60 days of Happiness, I thought it would be a great way to start my day. Read a short snip-it type chapter and be ready to go.
As it turns out, that type of reading does not suite me well at all! I found it very difficult to read just a page or two in the morning and often forgot to read at all for days at a time, maybe longer.
The beginning of the book explains that it can be read in a daily ritual type format as it is displayed or it can be read straight through. So as it was not working to read in daily format I tried to read it cover to cover…. nope, too much.
This book sat on my nightstand and stared at me… I wanted to read it. I enjoyed the writing,but wasn’t finding what I needed in it to read consistently one way or the other. After a while it became buried in the stack of things on my nightstand and I stopped seeing it daily.
After a hard day and trying desperately to clean up the clutter in my bedroom in a fit, I found the book. I stopped what I was doing and flipped through to a random page. I read that page and felt comfort and relief in the craziness of the day I had just had. I had also found my way to read this book.
I needed this book for the occasions when the messages were needed, not a preemptive way, but it was working. There was something to this.
Looking at this book in a new way gave me a place to go when I needed it most. These reminders were inspirational before a hard day I knew was coming or a gentle reminder to breathe and it go after a long day.
Each daily entry offers something different, but none disappoint. I found some great humor throughout the book and deep thoughts as well.
It goes without saying that all lives have ups and downs. It is also very apparent that some lives get hit with harder things to work through that others. I think sometimes people don’t even realize how rough they have it until they have moved past it.
I recently read Edie Wadsworth’s story, All the Pretty Things. I was blown away by the never ending struggle she went through. I knew of her as a blogger but never knew much about her background.
Edie’s story is remarkable, her memoir evoked emotions I wasn’t aware I carried so strongly. I wanted to stand up and fight for Edie as a young girl. I wanted to provide her a safe and welcome place to be.
As the story progresses I could feel the pull and struggle of decisions she was working through. I take her life story as a lesson for all. Sometimes the toughest decisions are the truly best decisions. If something doesn’t feel quite right, it probably isn’t. These may be lessons learned as a child but they were resonating through out the words of this book to me as a reminder to pay attention to the details of life and what life is telling you.
I can get so lost in all the articles about creating your blog, and a million (plus) other similar articles. Sometimes I find good ideas and I am grateful that I read through but many many times, I just stop reading halfway through and delete yet another email. Even worse, sometimes I don’t even read it.
I am a girl about saving time and finding ways to create more peace in my crazy life. So why am I reading up on all these things that make me more crazy and take up more time? I don’t know!
I have a belief that that more information I have the better decision I can make. I am beginning to question that idea. When I first started to write a blog I just wrote because I wanted to write. I found that I liked to share my stories of finding some time savers and sanity moments and so MommaFindingTime was born. Now I am feeling the pressure to create the best content for the readers. Well I am not really sure how many readers I really have at this point in time and I feel like it is taking me WAY too long to create the perfect content piece, and in the mean time the only posts I have been able to get up are those with a deadline so to speak.
I thought since I was already doing this blogging thing I could try to monetize it but honestly I have added too much stress in trying to do all the things. I am an INFJ, which means that I am an advocate. I am the person that is ready and will to defend. So here I am doing something to defend. I am unsubscribing from all the emails I am not really reading, the emails I think I am supposed to be reading, the emails that just don’t stop pressuring.
Here is my challenge to anyone reading this, say it out loud. What are you doing right now that you think you are supposed to be doing but really don’t want to? I am there with you and believe there have to be better, more simple ways.
I want to go back to blogging for me. I want to write posts about the ups and downs. I want to now feel horrible if I don’t get a certain number of posts up in a week. I want to let go of the pressure to monetize and if it comes it comes. I want to just be me.
Parenting is always a hot topic of our society. I can often be caught up in the ‘How I should be a parent’ and let it over complicate our lives. This year as a part of my goal to read more I wanted to make sure I read more than just fiction, so I have branched out a lot. I came across this book The Low Pressure Guide to Parenting Your Preschooler by Tim Sanford. Obviously the title alone pulled me in as I am all about finding lower pressure ways in my life, not to mention the current preschooler and toddler working his way right behind his brother.
This simple breakdown of what is most important in raising children and handling the spats that turn to tantrums seems so elementary, but a necessary reminder. As I currently have a 4 year old and 2 year old I can really see the need for this guide as a strong reminder of the things on my job description as a parent. I can also see great ways to relate this way of thinking to my life in general and other relationships.
Life can get so complicated and stressful that it is easy to slip into overdrive mode and making all the decisions, which only ends up causing more stress. The examples given throughout this book are real life conversations I have all the time, so I can easily see where I can make a few word changes in my conversation and make life so much less hectic.
It is amazing to me that we are nearly in October already! I cannot believe how quickly this year is passing us by. Stopping to reflect is something I really need to work more on and one of the ways I am working on that is by using my new coloring book.
I am a multi-tasker through and through. This new coloring book allows me to get some reflection time, calming coloring time and some devotional time as well. Now I realize that I should not be multi-tasking for my devotional time and I wholeheartedly agree, but this is my way of getting a bit extra. This All is Bright Coloring book is just the perfect gift to myself before the stressful crazy busy of the holiday season comes upon me like a freight train.
This is the second book I have through Tyndale Publishers and I just love the quality of them. The pages are nice and thick so they hold up well to getting picked up moved around and guarded against the rambunctious children in this house!
I love how these coloring books have so much detail in each page. I cannot wait for December to start so I can dig into this book!
Check out this book along with others like it on Amazon and pick yourself up a gift before the holiday stress sets in!
I received my complimentary review copy of this book directly from Tyndale Publishers.
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I know for me I have struggled to get into the word each and every day so this is a great way for me to have something to read and pray over each morning. The selections are small enough that it never feels like a burden to get it in my day. I love that the book is nice and small so I can easily carry it with me to peruse if I need a pick me up. This book has helped me build my daily habit of starting my day off right.