Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Mojo Mom Chapter 3: Banking the Embers of Your Self...to Build a Bonfire Later

In the third chapter of Mojo Mom, we start to look beyond the intense postpartum phase, to begin to look forward to returning to the world, and finding out more about who we are. Our mojo may have simmered down to a fragile ember, but this is an important time to tend to that spark and get ready to bring our personal priorities and dreams back into focus.

This is a very practical chapter, as I discuss the Four Phases to Getting Your Mojo Back: Survival Mode, Incubating Your Desires, Setting Priorities and Goals, and taking Baby Steps Toward Your Goals (pun intended). There is also an important discussion of how to decide what gets put on your To-Do list in the first place.

Additionally, I recommend the following books for a variety of perspectives on how to reconnect with your essential self, and a life that is sustaining and sustainable in the long run:

Finding Your Own North Star by Martha Beck

It’s Hard to Make a Difference When You Can’t Find Your Keys: The Seven-Step Path to Becoming Truly Organized by Marilyn Paul

More Than a Mom: Living a Full and Balanced Life When Your Child Has Special Needs by Amy Baskin and Heather Fawcett

The One-Life Solution by Henry Cloud

Let Your Life Speak: Listening for the Voice of Vocation by Parker Palmer

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