Friday, May 16, 2014

Friday Favorites

I'm on my way to San Antonio this weekend for an aviation conference, representing my consulting job. It's amazing how many things have opened up in consulting and contracting and part time since I quit my full-time job in August. Keep the faith, my friends, and take a leap. It's also pretty great that I can drive 90 minutes to this conference and take my time and not have to worry about liquids in my carry-on for this trip.

Next week I'll be back with more good news, and a new post.  In the meantime, these are some of my favorite things on the web:

MARRIAGE

Sherri Kuhn sums up some excellent and realistic tips for marriage: "Take a look at your honey and pretend like it's the first time you've ever seen him. Or that it's the last time you will ever see him. I read this somewhere and it really stuck with me. It's amazing what you notice when you look at someone this way. Diapers, credit card bills, stress at work and the daily grind have a way of making you forget what it's all about."  I've been thinking about this all week.
10 Ways We Kept from Killing Each Other

MOTHERHOOD

This story about the relationship between a mother and the stepmother of her son is sweet, to the point, and beautiful. It reminds me of my friend Leyna's reading at Listen To Your Mother last week. In fact, after Leyna spoke, an audience member approached her.  She said she was newly married, to a widower. She said the night of our show was the first time she felt like she wasn't alone in grappling with all the emotions of being the second wife. That "me too" element and the feeling of community is what this is all about.
Sistering On

Cassidy Santaguida is an improviser and comedian in Austin, but this tribute to her mom is more likely to make you cry happy tears than laugh.
Surprise! You're Going to Be a Mom

Nicole's mom sounds a LOT like mine:
Six Things I Learned from Having a Strict Mom

In general, I love stories like this. And this one in particular was amazing because she had waited so, so long.
Birth Mother's Quest to Meet Her Daughter


HELP

My son is allergic to eggs, and I'm allergic to peanuts and tree nuts, so these questions Carissa suggests for parents of kids with allergies are much appreciated:
5 Better Questions to Ask Allergy Families

A'Driane is a fierce warrior mom who is working hard to promote the Climbing Out of the Darkness event in Austin and nationwide for Postpartum Progress.  This event supports the education of the public on postpartum mood disorders, and it's no wonder Katherine Stone won an an Iris award for her work.  It's important.
Babyproofedparents: Climbing Out of the Darkness

Last year, my friend Rachel paid my way to the Type-A Parent conference, where I was honored as a finalist in the We Still Blog awards. Amanda Henson was on the ball as one of the lead volunteers there; she is organized, strong, and so helpful. She's the mother of two and was just diagnosed with breast cancer, and her friends in the blogging world have banded together to help her, calling themselves Amanda's Army.
YouCaring: Amanda's Army

BE INSPIRED

Want your kids to learn more about art, art history, and find his or her own creative center?  This idea is brilliant.
How to Go to an Art Museum with Young Kids

I have read Sophia Amoruso's story in at least two publications this week, and I am in awe of her.  She is amazing, and I have been using the hashtag #Girlboss when I'm telling someone to take charge and go for it.
Girlboss Career Tips

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT...
This week I was featured on HuffPost Parents and Postpartum Progress

Love,

4 comments:

  1. Loved Sherri's post about marriage - I think that one will stay with me too. :)

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  2. Thanks for this... I have been feeling out of the loop and this helps. A LOT! I loved the article by Sherri on marriage, but all the others are new to me. Guess you know what I'll be doing this weekend. (:

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  3. Oh, thank you for including me! And what a great roundup...xo

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  4. That is a great article on marriage. Sherri's wisdom is good, I'm so glad she shared it!

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