December: Cultivating Joy

November 30, 2018

We often search for joy as if it’s something we chase, we catch it for a moment and then it escapes us again. We look for it in the future, thinking if we are just a little better parents or thinner or more successful we will catch it once and for all. Even when we do feel it, generally fear of disappointment or embarrassment or loss or unworthiness are the thieves that come in right as the joy was about to settle in, pretending to save us from future danger. I don’t believe that anymore. I don’t need negative emotion to protect from possible future negative emotion. When I feel joy, I am learning to LEAN INTO IT.
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For November’s #motheryourself theme, I’m starting a new trend. It’s called “radical gratitude” (because doesn’t that sound like a perfectly obnoxious, new wave phrase?). It’s really just glass half-full kind of thinking. In any situation, but especially the hardest ones, the most stressful, the most annoying, the most heartbreaking, the most overwhelming, when my brain wants to complain and whine and give up, but instead of indulging in negative thoughts, I am going to think of something to be grateful for … to an almost ridiculous extent because WHY NOT? You may call it unicorns and rainbows delusions but I call it unicorns and rainbows are the FUTURE.
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Last month my mantra was to cut the junk in a serious way. We moved into a smaller home, cut our monthly expenses in half, donated half of our things, simplified our family calendar all the way down to our meals, and, more importantly, I’ve been “Marie Kondo’ing” my brain. I’ve been thinking about everything that fills my time, especially as a mother and business owner, that may have lost its intention. Things that have become habit that no longer serve me or my family or our community and even things I do simply out of good old-fashioned FOMO. I wonder how many things we could all stop doing that would actually add clarity and deeper meaning and impact to the things that we are doing?

It’s not about saying no or not trying new things, it’s about recognizing that every time we say no, we are saying yes to something else and vice versa. Saying no to soccer season this year may mean saying yes to family dinners two more nights of the week, saying no to scrolling Instagram may mean saying yes to reading that book you’ve been carrying around, saying no to that weekend trip you felt obligated to go but didn’t want to may mean giving yourself permission to rest and relax this weekend instead.

In my life, simplicity means less of the things that don’t truly add value to my life and more of the things that do. Here’s to a month of more with less!

 

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“The key is to do what you can, when you can, and give yourself props for it all.” —Andrea Faulkner Williams

I’m so excited about this month’s book, you guys, and not just bc my BFF Andrea wrote it (would have picked it even if she hadn’t!). It’s seriously such a relatable read + incredible resource for navigating the postpartum period (and beyond). It’s down to earth, funny, and full of quizzes + journal prompts to help evaluate how motherhood is going for you and figure out what you can do to make it even better. If you’ve never joined in #sollybabybookclub before, now’s a good time—after all, you’re going to need something to read while you’re pinned to the sofa by a sleeping baby. Download this guide and read along!

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“True belonging doesn’t require you to change who you are; it requires you to be who you are.” – Brené Brown

April’s Book Club book is Braving the Wilderness by Brené Brown, PhD, LMSW. It’s about finding true belonging + self-worth, and I don’t know about you, but when I became a mom, those things became more important than ever. If you’re new to the #sollybabybookclub here’s what you need to know:
1) All you have to do to “join” is buy or borrow the book (or audiobook!) and read (or listen!) along.
2) We’ll share our favorite quotes + reflections from the book throughout the month and look forward to hearing yours, too.
So, are you in? Download our nifty book guide above to start the discussion and… let’s do this, mamas!

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“The important parenting work is done not only when we have serious, meaningful conversation with our kids, but just as often when we simply play with them, read to them, argue with them, joke with them, or just hang out together.” -The Yes Brain

March’s Book Club book is The Yes Brain. “The Yes Brain: a neurological state that helps children (and adults) approach the world with openness, resilience, empathy, and authenticity.” Yes please! This month’s pick offers just the right amount of research + realistic tools to help nurture your kids into the best version of themselves. The best part: You can apply the strategies to yourself, too! (Bc we could all use a little more “YES.”) Really excited to hear your thoughts on this one, mamas, so pick up a copy of the book or download the audio version, and read along with our downloadable guide below to discuss with your own book club.

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“If you want happiness for an hour— take a nap. If you want happiness for a day— go fishing. If you want happiness for a year —inherit a fortune. If you want happiness for a lifetime— help someone else.” -Chinese proverb

February’s Book Club book is The Book of Lykke. The Danes may be the happiest people in the world, but Wiking travels around the globe, finding the best ways to lead a contended, fulfilled life. This is the easiest book to pick up and get inspired by! Originally, I wanted to share Wiking’s other, more well-known book: The Book of Hygge, but after reading (+ loving them) both, this selection was the clear winner for our community. So many quick tips for increased happiness, with interesting stats accompanying every tip, but, beware- by the time it was over I made no less than five new life plans. I recommend buying the hard copy bc it’s darling and makes it an even quicker and more delightful read. Buy the book, bring a friend along, and download our guide below to discuss with your own book club (my favorite kind of me time, mamas)!

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“The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate.” – Oprah

This month’s #sollybabybookclub book is “The Wisdom of Sundays.” I am torn as to whether I should recommend the audiobook, the book, or the podcast so I’ll just tell you to pick your favorite platform or, if you’re as big of an Oprah fan as I am, do all three!💥 The audiobook is 5 hours full interviews and the book is gorgeous collection of the best quotes and snippets from all of her interviews on Super Soul Sunday (her podcast). I’m telling you, there’s no better way to start the new year than feeling inspired inside and out. It’s a part of us that’s way too easy to neglect as a mother but, as matriarchs in our homes, it is so important that we lead with inspiration. So, read or listen along, pull in your friends to join you, and download the discussion questions below to help lead your own book club later in the year.

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