I was fortunate enough to attend a "Power of Moms retreat" this past Saturday. It was truly amazing. If you ever have a chance to go, I would highly recommend it. It was inspiring and uplifting and recharged me. I learned so much and want to share it with so many people! I believe strongly in their message of empowering Mother's and building families.
Some of my "aha" moments are as follows (there are a boatload of blog posts coming on these)
- I want to not just survive Motherhood, I want to THRIVE
- "Having enough (or being enough) is as good as a feast"...Mary Poppins
- No is a complete sentence.
- Thinking of what I want my family to be in 30 years and working toward that goal helps me with the drudgery of the every day stuff like laundry, wiping snotty noses and potty training.
- Motherhood is about relationships....what do I want my relationships with my children to be like. Preserve the relationship at all costs.
- What do I want my children to remember about me when they are grown and telling their children about their childhood. I want them to know I loved being their Mom and treasured them. Treat them accordingly.
- Never, ever treat your child as an annoyance. If I expect respect from them, I need to give them the same respect.
- I am painting the picture of my motherhood experience, I need to be in control and not just let it happen.
- Enjoy motherhood NOW.
- Working together is a chance to build relationships. It's not about the yard work or the clean house, it's about building our children and nurturing the relationship.
It was an incredible weekend, I am so glad I went. I came home to chaos at home, a messy house and tired, grouchy children, but you know what? I dealt with it differently than I would have before.
Today I rocked my 2 year old to sleep for his nap. I rocked him a little longer than I normally would have. I loved cuddling with him and watched those long eyelashes droop to sleep. I realize that I am losing my baby and I'd better enjoy him now. It doesn't seem very long ago that my nearly 13 year old was snuggling up to me and falling asleep and now he is as tall as I am and growing daily.
Motherhood is the hardest job in the world. But man it is so worth it. I love my job.