In 1993 Beanie Babies were all the rage and my mom and I were scooping them up so quick you would think their little stuffed bodies were spun with gold. The makers of these little bears implemented a marketing ploy so crafty they had people lined up to buy… and one day make a mint.
Well I am not sure about the last part. Fast forward 17 years (oh my has it been that long?) to our last garage sale and my mom decided to pull out the bears and sell them for $1 each. She thought making $100 bucks would be better than having them take up space. Well hardly any sold!
For 17 years these bears were packed away taking up space until that fateful garage sale day. A few months later I packed about 50 bears into every spare inch of the suitcase I was taking to Haiti. As I met new children there I handed out the bears and saw their faces light up with joy. Which brings me to my point… What do you have in your closets and attics taking up space because they may be worth something one day? Here is a thought… What if the value is worth more by sharing rather than storing? What lessons can you be teaching your family by sharing your excess with those in need?
The internet is amazing in how easy it is find strangers speaking on topics that feel uniquely personal and isolated to our own lives. We wonder: how can they be thinking what I just thought? We marvel at how there could be someone else out there in our very same predicament or situation, someone we don’t even know. As strange as it can sometimes be, there is something reassuring about that to me – that my experiences are more universal than I would have guessed, and that I am – ultimately – not alone.
In the last few months I have found a number of posts from other mothers who seem to be reading from my life’s book. They either have moved through or are currently navigating different challenges of motherhood: feeling overwhelmed, learning to appreciate the small moments, finding solace in struggle, and wanting to live life fully. I love how each of these bloggers expresses courage and perspective through their writing:
- Kate, from Savvy Little Women answers (as a soon-to-be mother of six) the question “How do you do it all?” in “I Just Do the Next Thing.”
- Heather, from Cool and Hip, I Am Not, reflects on learning not to wish for time to go by so fast in “Stop the Clock.”
- Savannah, from Chasing My Bees, on remembering that there is a silver lining in “Sweetness in the Storm.”
- Bernice, from Living the Balanced Life, writes passionately about choosing to life fully in “Don’t Live in Default Mode.”
- Fadra, from All Things Fadra, shares her the truth about “Waiting for My Life to Begin.”
This is only a handful of the wonderful bloggers who are writing online about what Motherhood looks like in their everyday world. Who are some other bloggers you’ve found who offer encouragement, support, and understanding for your life today as a woman and a mother?
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