Monday, October 16, 2023



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Monday's "List of Ten" Mom Moments
(Originally published 05/25/2020)

By: M.B.Varville-Rodriguez

1.  I am learning to be content with the small successes and not get overwhelmed by all the things I still have to do.

2. Understanding that life is a process and nobody begins or ends their time on earth with the stamp of perfection can be a relief.

3.  Having the self-awareness to realize #2 can be the best gift you ever give to yourself!

4.  Remind yourself that each person has a different start point in terms of their spirituality. It is unfair and pointless to pass your judgment upon others in the name of religious righteousness.

5.  I often remind my own children, "If it's not helpful, then don't 
     do/say it!"  I continuously remind myself to consider that same advice...especially when commenting on someone's site or other social media. There's a way to make your point without hurting someone.

6.  Be vigilant and aware of how stereotypes, labeling, and name-
     calling reduce the efficacy of your points.  There is a way you can present a concern, dispute a claim, and state your case with dignity and respect for others and for yourself.

7.  One of the most effective methods to bring about the change you
     desire in the world is to live and lead by example.  Mocking 
     differences, what you do not understand, or things where you 
     have not done due diligence with your research will rarely, if
     ever, encourage people to change their views.

8.  Inspiring people by what you do, what you say, and how you present yourself has the power to motivate them.  You can't motivate other people, you can only motivate yourself! But you can be the source of inspiration that could push someone toward making the changes necessary to move forward and improve.
     (Appreciation to Mikki Williams, a fabulous inspirational speaker! 
This was inspired by a conference I attended)

9.  Sometimes it takes a long, long, long time to reach your goals. 
     Be ready to sink into the mud and wade through it. It's not 
     always easy to take that difficult path, but it's going to be worth
     the adventure!  

10. List making is a great way to organize your thoughts and make sure your goals are prioritized. I have always loved making lists as one of my coping strategies.  Being a mom means those lists have become even more important!  And remember to put your own needs on that "to do" list! It's okay to take care of yourself!

Wishing all of you a week of adventures,
solutions to your challenges,
answers to your prayers, and 
memorable moments with family and friends

Kindest Wishes,

~ Mary