This post is by Sarah Powers, Happiest Mom contributor and Managing Editor, and blogger at Powers of Mine.
When I came on as Managing Editor here at The Happiest Mom a few months ago, I was already a big fan of Meagan and the blog. I’d been a regular reader here for a couple of years, I read Meagan’s book when it came out in 2011, and later that year I was lucky enough to be in a small group online writing class she taught.
As a reader, what kept me coming back to this space was just how helpful I found the content to be. And not just in an instructive, “10 Easy Dinners for Less than $5″ or “How to Potty Train Your Child” kind of way (though Meagan certainly has the chops and experience to be super helpful in many of those areas), but also in a “Wow, I love that way of looking at it” kind of way. I was drawn to Meagan’s writing because it was commonsense and practical, inclusive and non-judgmental, thoughtful and uplifting.
Now I’m on the other side…sort of.
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When The Frugal Girl’s post “You Don’t Have To Be Good At Everything” post popped into my email box the other day, I found myself nodding along. It reminded me of a post I wrote around this time last summer, arguing that when inspiring blogs (or Pinterest) make us feel less-than or depressed, it may be because we’re imagining an Ideal Mother on the other end who just doesn’t exist. Here’s the post!
I have always been drawn to inspirational writing. The way I see it, my house is already full enough of sarcasm and peed-on toilet seats, and the world is already full of enough hardship and mundane details. I don’t need to seek that stuff out. When I read I want to feel uplifted, encouraged, that life is full of beauty and possibility.
Of course, there’s always a downside to seeking all that beauty and possibility. When you’re drawn to inspiring writing and inspiring people, it’s easy to start wondering if you’re really good enough, just the way you are (the way you REALLY are, too, not the way you would like to be.) [click to continue…]