My "have fun" goal in August was partially completed. I did go to Idaho and had a lot of fun with family, had a girl's night, and tried to give myself the chance to enjoy life instead of always piling on more responsibilities. Cal went through a really difficult time with teething and it was hard to get out and have fun some days, but we still had a good end of summer.
For September I am focusing on improving my marriage and relationship with Scott. I'm keeping specifics of this goal to myself as I feel like marriage is a pretty personal thing, but that is my focus for this month.
Now on to the things I found that I loved this month! There were so many that I've considered making this a weekly post, with the obvious issue that I don't always find myself blogging on a weekly basis. Maybe we'll go to bi-weekly. But for now, enjoy a huge list of things that inspired me in the month of August:
:: Beautiful vintage photos of motherhood.
:: Help from heaven with whatever trials we face.
:: 5 lessons from postpartum depression.
:: An unexpected advocate for breastfeeding.
:: Rules for visiting a new mom
:: The way motherhood transforms the way you love
:: Amazing scholarly article about how birth is a sacrament (by one of my nursing school classmates!)
:: Beautiful video about how faith enables us to go through difficult times.
:: 20 happy thoughts for when you are having a bad day.
:: Women can change the world.
:: 8 lessons for a great marriage.
:: An essay about making sacrifices while being true to yourself.
:: Who we really are, underneath our mistakes.
:: Have you ever walked a labyrinth? I love them. Any good ones in Los Angeles?
:: Reconciling our desires with the Lord's plan for us.
:: Let's be understanding of others.
:: Those days when we just can't keep it together.
:: A different perspective on following Christ.
:: Photos of moms with postpartum depression who look insta-perfect. Which goes to show we all carry a burden that is unseen.
:: Buzzwords for the pseudo-crunchy mom. Essential in Los Angeles.
:: Male support for breastfeeding (yay!)
:: A story about postpartum anxiety and coming through it. (The more stories shared like this, the more women who feel alone are saved).
:: The gratitude of this mom reminds me of why I am a nurse, and inspires me to be better.
:: More insightful thoughts on women, motherhood, and career.
:: I am a huge advocate for breastfeeding. But... it didn't go very well for me, despite hours of work and tears and spending money and lactation consults and expensive supplements. So I appreciated this list of reasons not to feel bad.
:: Love. Love, love, love (is the answer).
:: Treating yourself with the love and forgiveness you would show to your child.
:: How birth is like baptism (kind of like the Sacrament of Birth article referenced above).
:: The lovely, lovely, luxury of time.
:: It's okay if you don't stare at your children every moment. It really is. (Unless you take it too far... and therein lies the constant stress that permeates my life!)
:: If you are wondering if you should work or not, here is a quiz to help you determine if you should be a stay-at-home mom, a working mom, or a work-at-home mom (hint: there's no winner here!)
:: Let's not shame people for the type of birth experience they have, mmmk?
Okay, I'm definitely going to have to do this more than once a month. That took forever! Hope you found something you liked.