For the last several months, I have picked one of the Fishful Thinking ingredients to focus on for the month. Last month, when I found out that my dad has cancer, I was grateful to be concentrating on hope and goal setting. The timing was perfect. And now, as I took a huge step (for me!) and spoke -Friday and Saturday- at a blogging conference, my current focus on empowerment couldn’t be more appropriate.
Me and Vanessa Brown of I Never Grew Up speaking!
I am constantly encouraging my kids to get out of their comfort zone and try new things. Children are so often underestimated in what they can do and what they can understand. My kids surprize me all the time. I love the Mastery Moments activity within the Empowerment section of the Fishful Thinking website. The activity encourages parents to find two simple activities or tasks each day that fit within their normal day. Have them help return books at the library or make or keep track of the shopping list when you go to the grocery store. They feel accomplished, you get a little help, and you are teaching them great life skills.
But what about Us? How often do we stretch ourselves and try new things? How often are we willing to to step outside of our own comfort zones? The answer to that question has typically been “not very often.” But how important is it for us as parents to continue to stretch and learn? I think it’s incredibly important!
This past year has offered me many opportunities to leave my comfort zone and stretch. Like being able to participate as a faculty mom in the Fishful Thinking program, and this latest opportunity to speak at a blogging conference. I never would have pictured these kinds of opportunities for me a few years ago, but I am loving it. I am taking the challenge. I am stepping out of my comfort zone. I am feeling empowered.
It’s a great feeling.
Me with Blog Frog Founders Rustin and Holly and fellow bloggers
PS–I am featured on Vanessa’s blog today as her Monday’s Maven. Go check out my interview!
PPS–This is only one of many posts that will recap my fantastic experience at the Casual Blogger Conference. Stay tuned for more!
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