Friday, October 16, 2015

Book Review: Things a Mother Discovers by Filipa Fonseca Silva

Things a Mother Discovers: (and no one talks about)Things a Mother Discovers: by Filipa Fonseca Silva
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

First things first, I received a free copy of this book from Story Cartel in exchange for an honest review.

I think my favorite parts were the illustrations. Those were so gorgeous and I would buy this book for those alone. As to the actual writing, her honesty was refreshing. As a mother, I really enjoy hearing that I'm not alone in these things. The warning against those without a sense of humor is a good one. She doesn't hold back and I LOVED it. If you don't want that much brutal honesty, then I would pass on this one.

I didn't agree with all of her ideas and didn't connect with everything. There were some very European elements, which was enjoyable to read, but didn't connect with my mothering experience. There were some places where I disagreed with her thoughts, but that is bound to happen.

Overall, a fun read that let me know I'm not alone in this mothering job.

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Most of  my disagreements with her were based on several of my spiritual beliefs. Not so strongly as to anger me or even frustrate me. It did dampen my enjoyment of the book as a whole, but dislike two chapters isn't really a big deal in my book. And seriously the illustrations at the end of the chapters were beautiful and calming and just a really great addition. In this crazy sprint that is motherhood of young children, it is nice to have something to make you pause and take a deep breath.

If you are looking for a quick read to make you laugh and enjoy your kids a little more, this one is definitely worth $4.79.

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Saturday, October 3, 2015

Allow Yourself to Fail

Photo Credit: Gareth Williams
Allow yourself to fail.

I have said those words multiple times in the last week. To myself and to others. It seems that there are several of us trying new things whether by force of circumstance or our own choice. New things are not easy. In fact the opposite is true. Doing a new thing is hard and there are so many times that you want to give up. But don't give up! 

Keep trying. Keep moving forward. And even if you fail, you will have started trying. No one ever gets it right the first time. The first time we do something we are breaking new ground. There will be many failures, but there will be done success too. Build on that success! Without that first time of trying you never would have found that success. So even though you will fail, be okay with that. Failure means you tried something new. And that is something to be proud of.

Not only that, but be proud of your failures. You found another way that it didn't work, but you had that idea to do it that way and you saw it through to the end. If you are trying something new, then you care about it. You care about the people you are serving with this new thing. You won't let them down because you hold yourself to a high standard. I know because you are doing a new thing even though it is hard. You are trying new things and thinking of new ideas all the time. You aren't just putting this in a box and hiding it waiting for some miracle to fix it. You have it out of the box working on it. You are growing it and tending it. You aren't waiting on a miracle. Your are the miracle! You are making it happen. Move forward with this new thing. Allow yourself to fail because at least then you are trying.

"You have brains in your head and shoes on your feet. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose." So choose greatness even if there is a little failure along the way.