mommyverbs

Engaging Each Day with Action Words

Question. — A Prompt to the Rescue!

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I have now officially been daily-blogging for 38 days straight. 38 days. I have 3 days left to meet my self-imposed countdown to my birthday.

NaBloPoMo says that I have 10 more days.

We’ll see, NaBloPoMo , … we’ll see.

So, it is 9:50 p.m. after a long, long day AND after just reading a work-related email that just raised my blood pressure by many points and annoyed me to no end.

But, I’m not one that quits easily, so I went to the record store WordPress Reader to check in on my friends. (Name the movie reference in the comments. Random, meaningless points and my endearing movie quote adoration goes to the readers with the correct answers!)

Thankfully, PhrogMom’s Weblog was there for me, to the rescue, with a link to Suzie81’s Blog and her challenge to answer a few questions.

With the clock ticking, knowing that this deadline is looming and being so close to this finish line…

I’ll take it. Thanks to both PhrogMom’s Weblog and Suzi81’s Blog for the inspiration tonight…and saving my bloggy arse at the last minute!

1. Why have you chosen your blog name?

I have always loved action words. Verbs are my favorite. I wanted a name that would help me keep my writing focused on engaging in action words every day. I’m a Mom and knew that most or many of my stories would be about this parenting journey. So, MommyVerbs was born.

2. When you have an hour of free-time, what do you do?

I write.

3. If you could choose to stay a certain age forever, what would it be?

I’m completely cool with where I am right now, counting down to 41. Bring it.

4. If you could learn to do something, what would it be?

I would love to learn to play the guitar. I regret not learning to play a musical instrument. What an absolute gift it is to be able to make your own music whenever you want it. This is why I am pushing piano lessons on the kiddos…trying to convince them that they want to do this!

5. What would be the first thing you would buy if you won the lottery?

Plane tickets. For four. For lots of places.

6. What is the thing that makes you absolutely unique?

I am me. First child. Type A. People pleaser. Daughter. Sister. Wife. Mother. Teacher. Writer. Entrepreneur-wanna be. Book tour ready. Oh. Not unique?

Well then, here’s something else. I have become more and more claustrophobic as I have gotten older, but I love to have really heavy blankets on me at night. I feel like I sleep better if the blankets are ‘pushing me down’ at night. I think it is also a subconscious way to decompress and wind down after multi-tasky spinning all day long.

7. What is your favorite blog?

I don’t know that I have a favorite favorite….but I am thankful to many new blogger friends here in WordPressland: Rarasaur, Jenn’s Midlife Crisis, BonneVivanteLife, Lead Our Lives, who have made me feel so at home ever since I arrived. And I love and admire the work of Finding Joy and Momastery and I Want A Dumpster Baby and so many others…I could go on and on…and on.

So there it is. #38. In the books. A few questions answered.

It’s late. Call it done. As it is. Done.

Let’s all, Go. Do that.

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Mix. — Words and Music. They need each other.

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I love my iPod.

I do. I love that I can add music to it on a whim. I love that I can create a playlist on the fly. I love that if I want a song…right now…I can go get it and add it to my library.

I do miss the record store. Just a little.

I kind of even miss the Columbia House Record Club. Just a little.

But I definitely miss everything about making a mix tape.

There was magic in the old school mix tape.   The way you could create a soundtrack. You could send secret messages, hidden in lyrics you didn’t write, but wish you had. You could tell someone you loved them or that you were mad at them and never have to say a word. The mix tape was a fantastic journal that you could share with others, if you wanted. You could take it with you wherever you went. And you could always start over. You could erase the last song and record over it.  You could decide that you never liked that boy anyway and now that he’s seeing someone else, you hate every single song on this stupid tape and his handwriting on the paper insert, too. (Sorry, flashback to 15.)

So, you start over. You have a new idea, a new theme, a new romance. You erase the old and you fall in love with different songs with new meanings and you start to hear the lyrics everywhere you go.  In your car. In your room. In your walkman. (Sorry, another flashback to 15.)

Today, I want us all to rediscover the magic of the mix tape.

Let’s not over think it. Find the words. Find the music. Put them together. All in one place.

If MommyVerbs was a movie, then this might be the mix tape soundtrack of this blog, before the sequels, action word by action word.

1. Define.  “Brand New Day” Van Morrison

2. Breathe.  “As If We Never Said Goodbye” from “Sunset Boulevard”

3. Play. “Forever Young” (while I love the Bob Dylan version) Rod Stewart

4. Engage. “Doing the Unstuck” The Cure

5. Want. “All I Really Want” Alanis Morissette

6. Argue. “Let It All Hang Out” The Hombres

7. Accept. “Let It Be” The Beatles

8. Declutter. “I Go Crazy” Flesh for Lulu

9. Explore. “Jack and Diane” John Mellancamp

10. Pretend. “Spiderwebs” No Doubt

11. Friend. “Strong Enough” Sheryl Crow

12. Move.  “A Little Less Conversation” Elvis Presley

13. See. “In Your Eyes” Peter Gabriel

14. Vote. “The Difference” Matchbox Twenty

15. Lose. “If You Were Here” Cary Brothers

16. Find. “Everywhere” Fleetwood Mac

17. Nod. “Sharona” The Knack

18. Wake. “These Are The Days” Keith Urban

19. Glean. “Diamond Road” Cheryl Crow

20. Blink. “Kid Fears” Indigo Girls

21. Grow. “Watching the Wheels” John Lennon

22. Color. “100 years” Five for Fighting

23. Tag. “Clarity” John Mayer

24. Party. “Good Riddance (Time of Your Life) Green Day

25. Renew.  “Solsbury Hill” Peter Gabriel

26. Celebrate. “A Pirates Look at 40” by Jimmy Buffet

27. Mirror. “Your Song” Elton John

28. Check. “Last Chance” Maroon 5

29. Settle. “Crash Into Me” Dave Matthews Band

30. Please. “Three Little Birds” Bob Marley

31. Win! “I Feel Lucky” Mary Chapin Carpenter

32. Rock. “Learning to Fly” Tom Petty

33. Waffle. “Sugar High” Coyote Shivers

34. Bathe. “Imagine” John Lennon

35. Tie. “Beautiful Boy” John Lennon

36. Hold. “Say What You Mean to Say” by John Mayer

So, here’s your challenge:

Today. Create a mix tape of your day.

Listen for the songs that make you smile.

Listen for the songs that just pop into your head and the ones that you catch yourself singing randomly.

Listen for the songs that bring you energy.

Listen for the songs that make you think and reconnect you to a friend, a time, a place.

Listen for the songs that move you.

Listen for the songs that make you feel like dancing and then add in all of those favorites, the ones that you know all of the words to,

Write them down when you think of them and then create a mix tape of your day. A mix tape of your year. A mix tape of your life.

Or a playlist. A playlist will do.

And when you think of other songs, add those to it. This is a living, breathing soundtrack, one with no end and no beginning. One that is only dependent on the amount of memory on your device. And you can always get another one…because…

Words and music. They need each other.

And so do we.

Capture the actions of your day in words and music.

Create something that you can “wrap yourself up in forever.”

Let’s all, Go. Do that.

(And if you didn’t catch the “Eddie and the Cruisers reference…Go. Look that up. Now. You won’t regret knowing “Tender Years” I promise.)

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Switch. — Award swapping on a Friday afternoon

I love getting these blogging awards.

I really do. I remember the first one I received and I blushed a little when I told Felix that I had been nominated for an award for my brand new baby blog! I mean…there a so many millions of us bloggers out there doing our thing…and to be recognized by your peers for stringing some words together…well that is really just so awesome.

I must admit that I have quite a few draft blogs waiting in the wings, but my real life work is on overdrive, so sadly blogging has been put a little on the back burner. But get ready, I’m feeling like I might be able to catch up a little this weekend.

To my dear friend who can’t keep up with the reading of the blogs because…”there are just so many of them!” … I’ll apologize in advance. Teeheehee.

Many Thanks to The mmmmm family for awarding me with The Versatile Blogger Award. I love this one. It is an award that means a reader can never quite predict what he or she might just find here.  A good friend of mine just described me by saying, “You write about puppies and games and rainbows and sh!t!” Oh my goodness, I laughed so hard and then I made sure to write that down on her list of fabulous one-liners.

I’m a new fan of The 5Ms…there are 2 Big M’s and 3 little m’s and like most families, they are on the go, dealing with this stuff of life. She asks a good question and makes me think.  The stories and pictures of the little mmm’s are great reminders of the important stuff. Love that.  Go, check her and her mmmmm’s out.

Then, many thanks for a Super Sweet Blog Award nomination coming from another new blogging friend, ValleyGirlGoneCountry. She writes about stuff, she is what I call “wide open” and she makes me laugh! I’m glad we have found each other in this bloggy world! I’m looking forward to getting to know her better!

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In this pay it forward world we live in, I get to nominate some folks for some awards!  I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I really wish there were blog award shows that we could get all fancified and walk the red carpet to get the badges and cupcakes that we all deserve!  Alas… this will have to do!

For the Versatile Blogger Award:

1. Valley Girl Gone Country

For the Super Sweet Blog Award:

1. The mmmmm family

This might feel a little bit like a copout and maybe it is.  I don’t usually not follow the rules…so instead of listing the obligatory 7 things about me, I’ll give you my 7 excuses for not following the rules and nominating others, too.

1. I stand by these as solid, quality blog award nominations.

2. It is Friday afternoon.

3. This is traditionally one of my busiest weeks at work .

4.  I survived it.

5.  I have a list of 4 or 5 blogs I want/need to write this weekend.

6. There are many, many children in my living room, just right there, who are loud and messy and having a lot of last days of summertime fun … and I can’t think very well.

7. It might be time for wine.

Thanks to all of the blogs that I read and enjoy. I’ve met some amazing writers in this space. I look forward to getting to know you all better!

Love, MommyVerbs

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Invite. — Cameron Crowe Throws the Best Parties.

you-are-invited-tagsA few things have converged to prompt this little invitation.

1. A friend of mine started writing again today. She shared that MommyVerbs had inspired her. I am truly humbled and honored to play just a small, teeny tiny role in someone’s journey to … blog.

2. I got a sweet little surprise note in the mail that included a handmade friendship bracelet from a fellow blogger who inspired and helped me along my blogging adventures. Rarasaur is one of the most genuinely sincere and creatively talented writers I have never met. She is a helper spirit for sure with amazing gifts.

braceletAnd I am wearing this bracelet proudly as a reminder to create and pay it forward as I can.

And 3. This past weekend, many of my other favorite bloggers that I have also never met, traveled to Chi-town to participate and play at the annual BlogHer Conference.  I was a little jealous. I didn’t get an invitation.

Not that I needed an actual invitation, of course. I just needed to buy a ticket to the conference. And a plane ticket. And a hotel room. So, that didn’t happen…this year.

But it looked like a lot of fun was had by all. I’ve enjoyed reading about it and hearing about the stories behind the stages and the plots and ploys after the presentations. I’m not sure that I would be invited to their parties actually. Because a) they don’t know me and b) I don’t use the f-bomb enough or talk about body parts enough. I may not come across as shocking. **Shocking, I know.** Although I would love a seat at the table … or at least a look through the window! Ha!

All of these things have led me to want to share this with you. I want to invite you to this party. If you are a writer, or even if you are not. If you have been thinking about it, if you have even been talking about…I’d like to invite you to start telling your own story. Sharing your own voice. When you have time. As you are able. Whatever this looks like, make it yours.

And just to make it all just a little more … inviting…maybe this will help. I’ve decided that this whole blogging thing is really like a great and wonderful party scene from a classic Cameron Crowe directed movie. (To be honest, I sometimes wish I lived in a Cameron Crowe movie party scene. I mean, there is guaranteed to be some amazing music playing in the background and always a clever, endearing line to be delivered at every turn. How could that be a bad thing?!)

Come on, now. Can’t you just see it?

ione_skye3It’s summer time. I have officially graduated to premier blogger status and I am AT the blog party of the year. People I have never talked to before are signing my yearbook. I’m there with the blogger equivalent of my beloved Lloyd Dobler and we have this exchange:

LLOYD-inpired Blogger Friend: “Uh, did you… so what did they write in your book, what did they write to MommyVerbs?”
 
I open my yearbook. “Alright, this is some of the things they wrote me: ‘Glad I finally met you’, ‘You always seemed nice’, ‘Wish I could have known you more’…
 
Humble-Lloyd-ish Blogger Pal: “Mine say stuff like ‘Lloyd, see you around maybe.'”
 
I reply: ‘Nobody knew me before tonight.’
 
Lovely delightful Dobler Blogger: “They knew of you. Now they know you.”
 
Me again: “Yeah, but I feel like I fit in for the first time, you know? Like I just held them far away from me, and they did the same to me.”
 
Awesome Blogger Lloyd: “That’s cool then.”
 
Later, a random fan comes up to me and compliments my outfit. “That’s a very nice hat you’re wearing… and I don’t mean that in an Eddie Haskell kind of way.” Which just makes me giggle and blush a little. cliff
 
Later, after the blog party really gets going…”I always tell the girls, never take it seriously, if ya never take it seriously, ya never get hurt, ya never get hurt, ya always have fun, and if you ever get lonely, just go to your WordPress Reader and visit your friends.”
 
And toward the end of the evening, the reporters are asking me questions like: “Do you have to be depressed to write a sad blog? Do you have to be in love to write a love blog? Is a blog better when it really happened to you? Like “Cry.–Like Holly Hunter in Broadcast News“, where did you write that and who was it about?”home
 
Eventually I will say, “I have to go home.” To which my favorite readers and book tour groupie fans (you know who you are!) simply say, ”

You. Are. Home.”

End Scene.

 
 
(I can think of exactly four people who will actually get these references to some of my all-time favorite movies. Which is fine. I promise though, if you hang out with me more often, you will fall in love with these classics, too.)

Here’s the thing … if you have any interest at all in blogging or writing, I invite you to go and do that. Start a site. Start writing. Start sharing your thoughts and ideas with the world. It is great therapy and you will be introduced to other folks that are more like you, making the world that much smaller. And the world wants to hear from you. We really do.

(And if you need any help…let me know…I am happy to tell you what I’ve learned along the way!)

Still worried that this party is not for you? That you would be just a wallflower? That you don’t have anything important or funny or clever to say? That those fancy bloggers with a million followers who are writing the books and going on TV are better or more talented or funnier than you? That there is some secret guide or key or clue to showing up at this gig?

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Pshaw. 
 
 “Trust me. Everybody is less mysterious than they think they are.”
 

RSVP to MommyVerbs here:

 
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Warn. — This Blog Should Come with a Label.

Warning.

My blog should have come with a warning label.

I walked around all weekend telling no one in particular, “I think my thumb is broken.”

And when no one stopped what they were doing to show how much they cared, I started doing my own thumb therapy and exploring the possible causes.

Finally, I diagnosed myself: MommyVerbs-itis. 

You see, ideas for my blog come at random times and I am often in the middle of other things with no time to grab pencil and paper, so I take some notes on my phone on the little yellow notepad app.

I also am addicted to checking my WordPress stats page and reading comments. I check my email with baited breath waiting and wishing for that note from the Freshly Pressed folks.

Ok. I also check my MommyVerbs facebook page to see if new friends have been found.

And this is why my thumb feels broken.  It is the fault of MommyVerbs. All of the swiping and swooping and texting and typing and clicking…I have actually injured my thumb!

It’s a real thing. And it hurts.

So, if MommyVerbs should come with a blogging “May make your thumb hurt!” label, it may also need a few other warning labels as well:

“May become addictive.”

“May cause you to think of verbs everywhere you go.”

“May cause you to talk too much about your blog.”

“May cause you to say things like, Yeah, I’m gonna blog about that.”

“May cause your knee to hurt when you sit too long on the couch with your legs folded under you.”

“May cause drowsiness when you stay up too late to write because it is the only time you have.”

“May cause you to develop friendships with people without knowing their real names, only their stories.”

Another symptom:

“May cause you to totally fall in love with blogging and writing just a little everyday.”

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Connect. — The Day of No Readers….

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Hi. My name is MommyVerbs. And I’m in love with my WordPress Stats page.

It is true. On this blog, I piece words together. I’m a word puzzler. I like to tell a story or spend time reflecting on the random. And I feel the need to write about it, whatever it is. I try to find the perfect verb to represent it. I read over it carefully. I think hard about how it might be understood or maybe even, misunderstood. I consider my audience. I hold my breath and click….Publish. 107 times, I’ve clicked…Publish.

Then. I wait for the magic to happen. People on the other end of the internet actually start to read these words. They may get an email, or see a link on the facebook page, or maybe they just stumble upon it through a search on their Reader. Sometimes they comment, sometimes they click like. Some just read and move on. But for the lack of any other feedback, I can at least see how many have read the words, how many connections have been made. At least for a moment.

Sure, Facebook will show me how many people are reached with each post. But I don’t know if that means the post showed up in their newsfeed or if they actually read any of these word strings. I think I could explore it more, but … why would I? I have my WordPress Stats Page.

And my WordPress Stats Page tells me so. much. more. I check my WordPress icon on my phone often.  Just to see…. How many visitors? How many views? What posts are popular today? What search terms have sent folks my way?  What is getting the ‘clicks’ today?

I can’t see names, just numbers. But the numbers are intriguing to me and I end up making up my own stories.

Case in point…(or is it point in case?…Doesn’t matter….)  Earlier in the week, it seemed that there was just one person out there at the other end of the internet who was looking at a lot of older, randomly selected posts.  There was only one visitor, but 16 views of different topics.  Which always makes me wonder…who is reading so many random writings and why did they choose those particular ones to read? OOOOOhhhhhh…. I did apply to be a guest blogger for a website I follow…Could it be the person that is looking to hire for that position? Could it be?!?!

But it is probably my Mom. 🙂

Now, many of  you may look at these numbers, and find them unremarkable. The little blue lines don’t go up very far and if they do, they don’t stay there for long. It kind of looks like those lights on a mixing board, measuring the different volumes of bass and tenor. If you squint your eyes, you might see some movement.

And some of the seasoned blogger buddies that I adore might have just giggled and called MommyVerbs a non-freshly pressed, baby blog. “Awww….Look how sweet….her best day ever had 119 views! That’s so cute!”  It’s ok. I think it’s cute, too. I’m a little proud of every post, every view, every one who took the time to stop by and comment or click like.  There are just so many of you ah.may.zing WordPress bloggers, I’m still fairly new around here…just coming up in the WordPress World. I’m excited to see MommyVerbs grow up, too.

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But yesterday, Yesterday was different. Yesterday, there were no readers of MommyVerbs. Zero. Nada. No one came out to play. No one knocked on the door. The phone didn’t ring. No letters in the box. It was quiet and still.

Ironically, a page that is all about engaging in the action words of life everyday, saw no action at all.

I find that just as interesting as the day of 119 views…less exciting…but still interesting.

My hope is that everyone was busy, outside maybe, actively soaking up the sunshine and any little hints of spring.

(But I also have my fingers crossed that some of you will come back to visit again soon!)

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Profile. — Tell me who I am and what I’m like.

Confession: I am a sucker for a good personality test. I mean, really, aren’t we all? Aren’t you?!

So, rather randomly, or cosmically pre-determined, you decide…I stumbled upon a personality test. A blogger personality test no less. Rarasaur and her husband Graysonqueen were bored one day, like way back in December, so they said, … and created one, just for fun. I just took it this morning. And it made me connect a few dots and do a little pondering about me and this thing I call, the MommyVerbs blog.

The results made me reflect back on earlier this week, when She’s Losing It, (who did an awesome pub run recently) helped me realize that, I, too, am “an approval seeking junkie at times.”

And a few days ago, both SmirkPretty and Lead Our Lives offered their wisdoms about morning pages, sharing how they help “move beyond the morning and fit the practice into the spaces between.” and “sometimes just pouring out the mundane makes room for the sublime.” Both comments gave me pause. I heart that. Words are beautifully powerful when strung together by lovely ladies like these two.

Add that all together with the fact that I am trying to participate in the Chopra-Oprah (I know, right?) 21 Day Meditation Challenge. Because, coincidentally … or not, you decide, … my morning pages had been hinting that I really need this.

And it was during this mantra: “Balance is my true nature” that I began to wonder and wander. (Clearly, I haven’t mastered the art of stilling my thoughts just yet.) I would love to be a balanced person. More honestly, I would love for others to see me as a balanced person. Ha! And then I would like to act like a balanced person. And as I sat there, semi-meditating, I started questioning how it is that others see me, exactly. And why do I still care so much. I mean, come on now, I’m 40.

I think we all want to be seen a certain way. And because of that, I don’t think we always want everyone to know every thought we have. So we keep those hidden. The insecurities. The random feelings. Right? Because we want people to see us as we want to see ourselves. Or maybe it is just me. I know people who seemingly don’t care what others think. But then again, I think they really do. At least to some degree.

It is human nature. Even the five year old has moments like this.

Like yesterday, as I was walking X into preschool, we passed another Mom/Son duo doing the same. There was a brief exchange between us about being tired this morning and moving a little slow. I didn’t think twice about it, but that embarrassed X to the nth degree. He pulled on my arm to stop, which I did and he teared up. “Don’t say that to her. Don’t talk about me.”

I apologized for saying that and tried to reassure him that I was talking about myself, too, and I didn’t know that would bother him, but I wouldn’t do it again. Then we sat together outside of the preschool room on the couch for about 10 minutes just casually chatting about the day to come. All was well.

Bottom line: He didn’t want her to think he was tired. He wanted her to think of him differently. Or maybe it was just none of her business. Either way, I get it.

Which brings me back to the MommyVerbs blog and makes me wonder: if I’m so concerned about what others think of me, why do I continue to share so much here in this space? Why would anyone do this? Sometimes I actually forget that other people read these words. I am always surprised when someone says, “I enjoyed your blog about…”

Really, you read that? 🙂

So, why do I write? It is simple. Because I need to. I just need to. And if anything resonates with you, then that is just bonus and I’m happy about that. And if it doesn’t, just don’t judge too harshly and all will be well.

Back to the pieces that brought me to this post. Thanks to Rarasaur, I know my blogging profile: MommyVerbs is Extroverted, Focused on the Development of Single Topics that encourages theorizing. I’ll take it. And I do like trail mix. And I’m a Hokie so maroon and orange is in my vocabulary. And just look at my blog theme–fall colors. Perfect. But my favorite is the profile description: “quality-driven, contagious energy.”

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That is certainly how I would love to be seen. Quality, with contagious energy. But as an approval-seeking junkie, I will probably need some feedback from the masses to confirm if I’m coming close.

Until then, I will follow fellow bloggers advice and work to fit my writing into the spaces in between while pouring out the mundane in order to make room for some more sublime. I like that. Can I get that on a t-shirt?

Thanks to some WordPress friends for the inspiration … and the profile.

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Inspire. — Me? Really?! Very Inspiring Blogger Award

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Many thanks to Sophie’s Diary for nominating me for this award. Check out her “Being a Mom and Loving It” posts. What a great way for new Mommas to connect with other Mommas on the same adventures.

“Very Inspiring Blogger Award” — I can’t think of a better honor, than to have someone say that I have inspired them.  We are all on this planet to do good and do no harm. That is what I try to do in action words. Everyday. So, thanks for noticing.

Here are the rules of the award:

1.) Display the award logo on your blog.
2.) Link back to the person who nominated you.
3.) State 7 things about yourself.
4.) Nominate 15 bloggers for this award.
5.) Notify those bloggers of the nomination by linking to one of their specific posts so that they get notified by ping back.

So, I share a lot about how I spend my time with my family. I work full-time. I clean the house and parent my children and try to be a good partner, etc.  But for my obligatory 7 things about MommyVerbs for this award, I’ve decided to share a little about how I spend my spare time:

1.  I am enrolled in the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and am learning more about health and wellness.  If you want to know more about this journey, let me know, because I am super excited about it.  I’ll probably tell you way more than you ever wanted to know.  I want to inspire people to Eat Well and Play More.

2. I blog. Duh. I love it. I would love to be able to do more with it. And more, I will do. I have plans. 

3. I work for my my husband’s business: SnakeClamp. I am in charge of all things social media.

4. I try to hit the gym at 6:00 a.m. each day. (Well, ok, right now, it is more like 3 times a week–It has been really cold in the mornings.) It is cross-fit-ish and when my back/neck isn’t hurting, then I rock at it. Deadlifts are my superpower.

5. I am trying to train the dog. It does not always go well. He is frustrating. And he needs a bath.

6. I am writing a book. Slowly. Telling a story. A little at a time.

7. I am also composing a TED Talk. Mostly in my head, a little on paper. I want to be ready when they call.

And now, here are some bloggers who inspire me, so I am nominating them for “The Very Inspiring Blogger” Award! In no particular order, because some I have known for a while, some I’ve met more recently. Some of us have have discovered some life synchronicities together.  Some of you challenge me to reflect and ponder and wonder. Some of us ‘talk’ often. Some of you have commented and offered advice or have reached out to me in different ways….Which is what I love about this community.   But what you all have in common, is that, in one way or another, you all inspire me.

So, here’s a little Thank You.  I know you are all crazy busy, doing that thing called life. But here it is–The Very Inspiring Blogger Awards go to:

1. She’s Losing It

2. Naughty Mommys

3. Limitless Lessons

4. Lead Our Lives

5. Parenting and Stuff 

6. Chronicles of an Anglo Swiss

7. Jenn’s Midlife Crisis

8. Bonnevivantelife

9. 43Fitness

10. A Day with Depression

11. Rarasaur

12. Larieanichols

13. Mamacravings

14. The Book of Alice

15. Joy and Woe

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Introduce. — A New MommyVerbs Page. Say Hello.

Introducing a new MommyVerbs page: Eat Well. Play More.  See it there? Look to the right…third little maroon button (that turns yellow when you hover on it) from the top. Yep, there it is.

Be nice. Don’t be shy. Say hello. Come in, have a seat and put your feet up.  I’ll get you some hot tea.

I know, I just told you about the new series that I want to add as a part of my MommyVerbs blogging…but thanks to some very lovely fellow WordPress bloggers, I have learned more about mysterious things called pages, categories and tags as a part of this journey.

While I am completely and absolutely in love with MommyVerbs, I have been trying to find a way to pull my passions together and tie them up with a pretty little bow. Remember the Converge post? That was me, struggling with it all.

And here is what came out of that struggle:

Eat Well. Play More. Apple.

Eat Well. Play More. is my journey to become a health and wellness coach on the side, you know, like in my spare time.  And it is a journey. It is something that I started almost a year ago. It is something that I started and then stopped and then started again.  And I’m learning. I’m learning something new everyday.

For example, I learned yesterday that there is new research out there that indicates high fructose corn syrup, you know the stuff that is added to tons of the food we eat, the food our kiddos eat, might actually stop two hormones in our bodies from doing their jobs.  Leptin tells our brain that we are full and should stop eating.  While ghrelin is the hormone that tells our brain when we are hungry.  High fructose corn syrup might be keeping us from hearing those messages.  Could this explain why we eat when we are not really hungry and then don’t stop until we are so full that we feel sick?!

It is this kind of stuff that motivates me.  I want to help myself, my family, other busy families like mine, kiddos, Mommas, my friends and colleagues and anyone else around who is interested in learning more about health, nutrition and primary foods. And along the way, maybe finding a little balance between our beliefs and our actions.

So, Welcome. Be my guest.  Invite your friends if you like and make yourself at home.  Please know that MommyVerbs will keep rocking and engaging the action words, telling funny kiddo stories, reflecting on life, challenging some thinking…but don’t be surprised if a few Eat Well. Play More. posts pop up every now and then.

Let me know what you think.  I’m curious.

**Which by the way, much thanks to Karen of Do Not Get Sick in the Sink, Please  and GlitterMamaWishes (and a few others that I am still searching for because I can’t find the conversation posts) for their help in the Community Pool last weekend.  You guys were like little blogging lifeguards, helping me learn to swim!

And I do feel like I am jumping into the deep end! CandyBAAAAAAALLLL!!! (Which is what the boy-child actually says when he does a cannonball into the pool!)

***sPlASh!!***splash2splash3

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Book. — Help! Calling all writers! This one is haunting me…

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Help! I’m in new territory here.

I am a working Momma who happens to do a few million things, one, just one of which is write a Momma blog.

But lately….

Lately, I am completely distracted by the book that I want need to write.

I blame some of you.

Sorry, but I do. Some of you. Some of you that I know and some of you I only know in WordPressland. You, who completely motivate and inspire me to…write. Some of you who amaze me on a daily basis and make me want to be a better … writer. A better Momma. A better version of … just ME. Thanks for that and also….

Curse You!

Because….

I am having problems focusing on the other things I need to be doing. Like do laundry. Or  go grocery shopping. Or plan meals. Or just straighten up the living room. Or be intentional with my kiddos. Or talk to my best friend/partner/hubby. Or keep up with my real work.

This is a new feeling for me.

I’m sure for real writers, this may be a familiar state. But this is new for me. Not that I am a real writer, conversational writer/archivist at best, but…

I am constantly thinking about these words; this story. I don’t know how to find make the time to write them down.

I keep a phone or iPad or old fashioned notebook around with me where ever I go am.

I have used the notes app on my phone to jot down the outline while I waited for the shower to warm up. Or to put the curlers in my hair. I think about it while I drive. While I sit at my desk. While I talk to other people. (That’s bad, right?!)

I try to figure out when I can write this down. Can I take a leave from work? Can I call in sick? Can I check into a hotel? Can I go away for a weekend writing retreat?

No. No. No. No.

So, how do you do it? How do you find the time and the energy to make these things happen? To tell your story(ies)? To just write it all down. Get it all out.

Because it is haunting me a little.

I’m serious.

I want to know.

Calling all real writers…What’s your secret?!

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