It is Mother’s Day 2014. Today, I celebrate that I am blessed to awake to the choruses of my sweet girls calling “Mommy, Mommy” each morning. I celebrate that when one of those little girls gets a boo-boo, I am the person she calls for. I celebrate that, sometimes when my oldest does not get her way, she says that I am the “meanest mommy ever” because that means I am doing my job. I also celebrate that my youngest is not at the age where she says things like that yet. I celebrate the over-the-top, out-of-this-world days with my girls, when I feel like the three of us are in total sync; when we smile and laugh and you wouldn’t know that tears exist; when I raise my voice out of excitement rather than anger. I love those days. I also celebrate the days when we all need a do-over; the days when we wake up late and have to rush around in the morning; when my patience is exhausted by 8 AM; when a simple thing like what shoes or dress to wear leads to the most earth-shattering tantrum; when I use the television to be my sitter because mommy just needs a minute. I don’t love those days, but I do understand that they are a part of motherhood. I celebrate the good days and the bad, the smiles and the tears, the triumphs and defeats because I have the privilege of being their mom. And it is most definitely a privilege.
Being a mom is a huge part of my identity now. But, I am not only a mom. I am an athlete. I am a writer. I am a friend. I am a daughter. I am a lifelong learner. I am a do-gooder. I am a professional. I am an avid reader. I am a volunteer. I am a woman and a wife. Yet, as I look at this list, I realize that I have let so many of these parts of me languish. It is what we do as mothers, isn’t it? We focus on the babies who stole our hearts and their joy becomes our joy. Their hurt becomes our hurt. Their victories become our victories. We put aside our wants and needs to accommodate theirs. We forget to nourish our souls with the things that once held such an important place in our lives. This year I intend to make time for the things I love. I intend to rekindle my passion for writing with this blog. I intend to run several 5Ks. I intend to read more books and learn something new. I intend to volunteer and find ways to do more good in this wonderful world in which we live. And I intend to love my husband and my children, to be more present for them and to show them that by nourishing myself, I am nourishing our whole family. In short, I intend to be happy.
I read about this first on Cool Mom Tech and had to share it immediately. Buy a square on the Digital Global Opportunity Quilt for the special Mama in your life! You select the tribute amount ($5 or greater), the quilt square design and write a personalized message. Then, they send an email with the patch and your personalized message and tell her all about how much good was done in her honor. Give TODAY and your donation will be matched, doubling your impact. Opportunity International provides microfinance loans to impoverished men and women around world, giving them an opportunity to work their way out of poverty by starting a business.
This week’s Do-Gooder Company series is all about celebrating those special women in your life. They are boo-boo kissers, poop-cleaners, tantrum-tamers, and they deserve all best things in life. Below are some companies that allow you give awesome gifts and Do Good all at the same time! Click on any of the pictures for a link to purchase.
“Raven + Lily currently helps employ marginalized women in Africa, India, Cambodia and the United States at fair trade wages to give them access to a safe job, sustainable income, healthcare, education, and a real chance to break the cycle of poverty for themselves and their families. Every product from Raven + Lily is handmade, fair trade and eco-friendly.” What a great way to celebrate your mom by giving her a beautiful handmade product that empowers women around the world!
They offer 4 collections:
- USA – Soy candles and scarves – Empowers women in LA and Austin
- Ethiopia – Jewelry from recycled bullet casings and coins & Naturally dyed and hand-loomed scarves– Empowers HIV + women and at-risk women
- Cambodia – Eco-friendly Bags & Tshirts – Empowers at risk women
- India – Recycled Cotton Papers, Carved Wood Journals, Jewelry and Soaps – Empowers marginalized women in Northern India
Shopping for a make-up connoisseur? Consider purchasing her a gift from Radiant Cosmetics and help fight human trafficking in the US. They will donate 20% of the profit from every purchase to their Anti-Trafficking Partners to help fund outreach, aftercare and advocacy to end slavery.
Purchase a Diamond Water Drop Bracelet from Kwiat and 100% of the profits will go to charity : water, a non-profit organization bringing clean, safe drinking water to people in developing nations.
If a tangible gift is not necessary, consider purchasing a symbolic gift in honor of your mom. At the IRC website, you can purchase a Safe Delivery for a mother-to-be in a crisis zone or a Year of School for a young girl in the developing world.
Don’t forget to check out some of my previously featured companies for unique gift ideas too!