Zen Mommy Minute: Judgment

Feeling judged? Judgmental?!?…or like you’re never enough? Play along with me in this little “exercise” on judgment. ;p It’ll be fun (and painless)…I promise! And by the end, I hope you could care less what other people think about you.

This video was inspired by the book  BAD MOTHER by Ayelet Waldman (a must if you are a mom and judgment of any kind is on your radar). I hope it speaks to you!!!

BADMOTHER: How to Stop “Should-ing” on Yourself!@#

Author Ayelet Waldman’s newest book, Bad Mother, inspired this video on “mother guilt” and the tendency we all have to “should” on ourselves. I hope you’ll watch, rate and comment. Let’s get this conversation G-O-I-N-G!!!

What conversation?! We’re having a book club discussion on THIS book. Practical Mommy has all the details HERE. Sign up here and the #badmother crew will send you Bad Mother’s Chapter One for FREE. Then join us… we’ll be TALKING May 11, 11am CST.

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How to Accept the Unacceptable

love-heart-acceptTwitter rocks. As a newbie twittering for all of four days, I can say with confidence that it is a sign of the connectedness that we are. Twitter, like the internet which makes it all possible, connects us with like and unlike-minded people from across the world regardless of nationality, age, race or religion. This became clear to me when on my second day of twittering I posed a simple question to my new friends “What do you find most difficult to accept in this world (ex: cruelty)” and the tweets came rolling in. The replies I received were not only immediate, they were deep, insightful and oh so introspective.

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How Many Posts Can We Do About Love: 3

dove“Remind yourself that it’s okay not to be perfect.” — my daily Dove.

What a great reminder for me… to love ME enough to let myself off the hook! Not only do I not have to be perfect (in work and home) all the time but sometimes, being perfect is the thing that holds me back. It’s easy to get caught up in the quest for perfection and deny all the parts of ourselves that we judge to be embarrassing, useless, or unlovable. When in fact, it is those very things that make us human and allow others to connect with us, often leading to our most meaningful relationships.

Have you read Eat Pray Love? If so, then you’ll know it is this very idea that Liz writes about at the end. I’m not going to spoil if for you if you haven’t read it but if you have read it and have any desire to read my complete emotional purge, feel free to read “Ria’s Bali” on Blue Sky! What I learned from the experience of loving myself enough to accept my “shadow side” is exactly what I also shared with John, “When I let myself “breathe,” people breathed with me… like they were all holding their breath around me because I was ‘so in control,’ that they didn’t feel comfortable being themselves either.”

The idea of Wabi sabi, “perfection in imperfection” is what resonates with me today.

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