The entire conference was amazingly empowering! They get you right off the get-go, knowing full well that you made it a priority to be there and sacrificed something else to make it happen. Hostess Maria Bailey, creator of Mom Talk Radio, makes sure you realize that you made the right choice! As a woman and as a mom, I am so familiar with feelings of being pulled in too many directions and feelings of needing to be all things to all people and, most unfortunately, of putting my own needs and passions last on the list. This conference spelled out the fact that women have much more worth and much more power than we have ever allowed our eyes to see or the will to harness. It is time for us to own our power and value. It is time to help our sisters own theirs. It is time to ask ourselves: How have we helped one woman today?
|Laura Spencer, Disney, gave an inspirational speech involving choosing beautiful words. This quote reminds me of her sentiment.|
|With @LauraSpencerOne @Sherryboswell & @EarsToAdventure|
Still, at the end of the day, it is difficult to see our family and our friends, especially our children, and wonder if we did enough for them. This conference taught that the best gift a mother can give her children is a mom who follows her passions. I do believe that. You have to show your children that there are things in this world that are worth believing in and worth chasing.
I have pretty much always been a stay-at-home-mom. When I started blogging, I could tell it gave my kids another reason to look up to me. Suddenly my youngest daughter started playing on her pretend Barbie computer. She had piles of scribbled on papers by her side that she referred to as "very important work about Justin Bieber." These days, all three of my daughters have their own real blogs. I couldn't be more proud.
You must set the example for your children in this life. I do believe in balance. When I'm home, I will kiss my daughters goodnight. I will always listen when they want to speak, no matter the topic, and I won't cut them off. I will make certain that if it's important to them...then it is important to me. I can't always be home for them. I can't always be there for my husband, for my church, for my blog, or for any other thing that needs me. That's ok. Don't feel guilty. Guilt is fiction! Is doesn't exist so stop believing in it and stop believing when others try to make you feel guilty. Just stop. Instead, focus on the positive and look for all the inspiration that can come from the most unlikely of places!
For a wonderful recap of the entire conference, please check out my friend Jackie's Blog at Jackie's Magical Moments!
And my daughter's blogs, for those who are interested, are:
Weeping Angels and Daleks: Doctor Who Fan Site
Yes! They are all three THAT different!