Mums: Follow your Dreams
Last week, I co-hosted a twitter chat (#Mumsnight) with Transatlantic Mom on "Following your Dreams". It was a really inspiring session - mums coming together to share our dreams and find tools to get up and chase those feisty dreams down.
We talked about the barriers that stop mums focusing our energies on ourselves - putting other's needs first, worries about money, unrealistic expectations of ourselves, and having the wrong people around us. Joanna Rothman from the Receiving Project joined to spur us on to receive as well as give (I joined her free project for a month last year, and it was fantastic - have a go) and Transatlantic Mom inspired us to invest in ourselves, for us and our families' sake.
Ready to get chasing those dreams, we explored how to define what we want and overcome those barriers to moving forward - sharing great tools like Mindbloom (I'm already loving watering my Mindbloom tree - if you join up, do let me know as I'd love to have some virtual gardening partners).
We shared some relevant story of mum activities - like Bake a Pie Chart (see how little me-time pie you give yourself right now...) and Fill Your Fridge Magnet (what inspiring message should you have on your fridge to help you achieve that vision?)
More positive inspiration came from the lovely folks at Hopeful World - I recently signed a friend up for their wonderful Hopeful Divorce year of guidance (she's finding it incredibly useful), and I'm going to be joining The Story of Me with them all later in April (obviously I couldn't resist the name!).
We heard about the dreams that some of us mums were already pursuing, and spurred others on to chase the dreams they shared with us.
For those of you that missed the fun, I've gathered together some of the highlights below. If you want more than the best bits, you're in luck too as the lovely @TransatlantMom has created a Storify of the whole chat.
If you haven't joined a #Mumsnight before, get on twitter, search for the hashtag (#MumsNight) to other people's tweets, and add the hashtag to your tweets to bring your voice to the conversation. Mums get together for a different chat on twitter every Monday night 8.30-9.30pm BST.
And last but definitely not least... For a great example of a mum following their dreams, check out the latest guest post on motherhood and creativity from Maggy at Red Ted Art where she shares her experience of creating the career she'd always wanted.