In April I was honored to be invited to speak at the Mother's Of Multiples Conference in Fargo, ND. There I met lots of moms from the Midwest, all of whom had multiple children the same age, and listened to their organizing challenges (children's artwork in duplicate/triplicate/quadruple, anyone?). I even learned a new term, "singleton", the single sibling of multiples. It was fascinating!
Parenting truly is the hardest job on earth. Lightening up on our Mommy-selves a little in our quest to measure up to unattainable standards would go miles towards making the job easier. Someone who has this figured out already is author Lanelle Vasichek, who created "Mommy Milestones" - encouraging Moms to embrace the "wild stages of motherhood where each development (Mommy's, not baby's) is a reason to celebrate." We're talking about our "First Trip To Target After Baby's Birth" here, and "First Real Hot Shower" milestones - REAL LIFE!
Lanelle's book, Celebrate the Mommy Milestones, is laugh out loud funny, and would make the perfect gift for ANY mom as we approach Mother's Day! She has a great line of greeting cards as well, celebrating, tongue in cheek, the Best Days Ever of mommyhood.
Moms of the world - go forth and celebrate your milestones! You've earned them!
I'm super excited to be at the TedX Fargo event today! I have a volunteer shift (because I'm all about many hands making light work) from 6 a.m. - 10 a.m. and then I'm free to enjoy the incredible 23 speakers from around the country, not to mention the event promises to "change my life". And, I fully expect it to do just that!
Who am I most looking forward to hearing? That's a tough one! It ranges from Nathan Clark, Wondermade's Chief Marshmallow Agent (have I ever mentioned I LOVE marshmallows?), to AJ Leon, an ex-banker turned humanitarian and Founder and Artistic Director of Misfit Incorporated. That's only two of the 23 - all will give me a morsel to walk away with, I'm sure!
Aren't familiar with TED? It started in 1984 as a conference where technology, entertainment, and design (TED - get it?) converged. Since then it has taken on a life of it's own with talks covering practically everything under the sun. TedX's are local, independently organized TED events.
One of my favorite programs on Minnesota Public Radio is the Ted Radio Hour, Sunday nights at 6 p.m. It's a great way to end my weekend with a little thought provoking material. Even my kids have enjoyed listening to it on occasion.
How about you? Do you have a favorite TedTalk? I'd love to know about it!
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CPO Tammy Schotzko works with clients of all ages to tame their clutter and create calm out of chaos. She specializes in Hoarding and Chronic Disorganization, but deals with everything from digital files to garages run awry! Her passion for helping people reclaim their space is contagious and