Just a note about where The Happiest Mom is headed over the next few months. Though I loved writing on a monthly theme in 2010, I’m going to mix things up with a new format for the early months of 2011. In celebration of the release of my upcoming book, The Happiest Mom: 10 Secrets To Enjoying Motherhood –and, I admit, to give you a tantalizing taste of what’s in the book so you’ll want to order one for yourself, your best friend, your sister and a whole bunch for your mom’s group and book club–I’ll be tackling one of the ten “secrets” detailed in the book per week from late January through early April.
I’ll mix up the order a bit to tie in with special holidays and events–for example, “Love Your Love Life” is the last chapter in the book, but I’m moving it up week 3 on the schedule to coincide with Valentine’s Day. And I won’t be repeating any of the content from the book, but instead expanding on topics we’ve discussed here before and bringing in a variety of guest bloggers and interviews to share their own take on my ten “secrets”. I’ve got a few nice giveaways planned, too, so stay tuned!
Here’s the calendar:
January 24 – 30: Take The Easy Way Out.
My first secret to enjoying motherhood? Don’t make it harder than it has to be. This principle helps govern the other 9 secrets!
January 31 – February 6: Have A Plan
To coincide with the official launch of One Year To An Organized Life With Baby, I’ll be devoting the first week of February to time management and planning. Are you a big-picture thinker or a detail diva? Do you fly by the seat of your pants or color-code the “pants” section in your closet? Understanding your own tendencies is the key to making plans that work.
February 7 – February 13: Make Your Bed
You don’t have to keep a perfectly clean home to be a perfectly good mom. But a feeling of order helps everything else go more smoothly. And now that you understand your tendencies you’ll be much better equipped to stay on top of clutter and mess and keep your home feeling peaceful, calm, and clean-to-your-standards.
February 14 – February 20: Love Your Love Life
Shifting gears from home to relationships in honor of Valentine’s Day. Relationships are hard work–and even harder when there are children in the picture. We’ll talk about forgiveness, division of labor, communication, and the value in trying again and again. (And again.)
February 21 – February 28: Find Your Tribe
Now that we’re talking about relationships, let’s move on to friendship. Do you have a hard time finding other likeminded women to hang out with? Or too shy to make a connection beyond “hi” at soccer practice? We’ll talk about finding potential friends, putting yourself out there, and keeping the friends you’ve got amid the demands of motherhood.
March 1 – March 6: Trust Your Gut
I’m not the first person to tell you to “trust your gut” when it comes to making parenting decisions. But, uh, what does that mean? This week we’ll be talking all about cutting through the noise made up by outside opinions and information overload and getting right to the heart of the matter–that is, what your heart is telling you to do.
March 7 – March 13: Keep It Real
There’s no point trying to be anyone else’s version of a good or happy mom. We all have strengths and weaknesses, preferences and dislikes, Big Issues and “eh, whatever”‘s . Using them to shape the choices we make is the key to happy motherhood.
March 14 – March 20: Go With The Flow
Forget trying to achieve perfect balance. Moms need to be able to think in terms of minutes, not months, and shake things up when they aren’t working. This week we’ll talk about shifting to a more flexible mindset and setting up your life so you can punt when the unexpected happens…like, every five minutes.
March 21 – March 27: Look Out For #1
We’ve talked about your home, your spouse, your friends, your kids…but what about you? This week is all about taking care of you: watching over your health, taking, finding, or making time for your own passions and realizing it’s OK to be a selfish mom sometimes.
March 28 – April 3: Aim Low And Go Slow
Feeling inspired by weeks 1 – 9? Don’t rush it–or try to take on too much at once. This week is all about keeping expectations in check and giving yourself time to make changes.
If you are an author/blogger/business owner/PR person interested in working with me on content or advertising to mesh with one of these topics, I’ve updated my editorial calendar with suggestions for products, services and blogs that might be a good fit for each week.
2011 is going to be exciting–but busy! With two books coming out in early in the year, I’m working hard to streamline my internet time (easier said than done) and put my time and energy where it needs to go (which is not always where I’d like to put it, which let’s face it, includes hanging out on Twitter and Facebook chatting with you all.) Juggling children with writing isn’t always easy–especially when one of those children is an active toddler who’s recently decided she would like to be sitting on me and/or playing with my hair most of her waking hours! So bear with me as I make this adjustment from “blogger who wrote some books” to “blogger who has to now promote said books.”
As always, I love to hear your feedback about what you most like to see here and will continue to build The Happiest Mom into a resource and community that makes you think, inspires you with new ideas, lets you off the ‘perfect mom’ hook, and most of all, makes you a little bit (or a lot) happier in your life as a mom. I can’t wait to share the next part of my Happiest Mom journey with all of you. Thank you for being here!