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Moms Know Moms: Week 1 Recap

Happy Friday everyone!

We’ve made it to the end of our first week of the Moms Know Moms interviews and it has been a great success! I’ve heard from so many of you who’ve said you  love the idea of real life moms, sharing real stories, and giving real advice, and  I couldn’t agree more. While every mom in this interview series has their own experiences, backgrounds, perceptions, and even life focus, there’s a great common denominator among all of us moms, and that is,  we get it! Raising children, running businesses, developing our families and remaining true to ourselves is not easy. It’s kind of nice to read about other moms who’ve shared our frustrations but have found a way to create their own path, one that works for them.

I’m missing my Monday Motivation talks with you because of the series this month, but I think that’s more than okay, because the moms that are sharing this month are super fantastic! Let me share a little bit of what I’ve taken away from the interviews so far – feel free to share your own thoughts in the comments.

From Anne del Rosario who talked to us about Family Unity, I learned that cultural awareness doesn’t have to divide us, but that it can actually bridge the gaps between communities. Our children are a product of their heritage regardless of whether or not we choose to share it with them. If we teach them to love and respect where they came from, and balance that with the love and respect for the uniqueness of others, then we’re in a good place.

I am still floored that Michelle Griesel moved from Alaska to Nevada with a toddler and is still in one piece (Ha! Ha!). This just demonstrates (to me) the internal strength that we carry as moms and how when it comes to our families, we’ll do whatever is necessary to make things work. Change is not always easy. This was such a positive affirmation of the quality of our character as moms, as women.

Crafter extraordinaire Susan Yates has really got me thinking about how I define balance. I’ve always thought of balance as being able to juggle all of my balls without dropping them, but reading her interview responses has changed my perspective. Balance is not so much about keeping all the balls in the air as much as it is knowing which ones to put down.

And finally, my Australian friend, Kathy Mumford. She’s such a sweetie pie, and what encouragement! She has influenced two generations of boys with love, support, dedication, structure, and prayer. If you REALLY want to know how to do something, look for someone who has done it, and done it well. Life moves by quickly, and our children grow up just as fast. If we don’t take the time to thoughtfully prepare them for what lies ahead, we could easily be setting them up for failure. It’s not about the stuff, it’s about the substance. Our children deserve substance.

Please come back next week for more interviews. You can subscribe by RSS feed or sign up for an email subscription in the sidebar so that you don’t miss anything.

Also, tell your friends about this great series. I’m still looking to fill up some spaces this month, so don’t be shy! Jump in and get your feet wet.  Your experiences are just as valued as the next. You never know who might need to hear your story to help them along the way.( Click here for the original post and more information.)

Have a fantastic weekend!

Keep doin’ what you love!

Shannon