Soul-Fed Mama: Five Books To Feed Your Mama Soul
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Today I'm sharing some of my own resources - books I actually have on my own bookshelf - that I refer to over and over again when I need some perspective, ideas, or reminders on how to better care for myself as a mama and a woman who wants space in her life for more than just mothering. These five books for moms have been invaluable to me as guides and for wisdom. I hope you will appreciate them, too.
Momma Zen: Walking the Crooked Path of Motherhood- Karen Maezen MillerKaren Maezen Miller shares the wisdom gleaned from her own struggles with fertility and motherhood from a Zen Buddhist perspective. It is honest, funny, and full of guidance for mothers who wish for a little more zen in their mothering.Mojo Mom: Nurturing Your Self While Raising a Family- Amy TiemannThe cover of this book says, “Becoming a Mojo Mom means bringing your self and your dreams back into focus, while still giving your family the loving attention it needs.” Doesn’t that sound like what we all want? This book covers ways to save your energy and creativity for yourself, ways to find time to work toward your dreams, ways to feed your relationship and your family for their best health. This is the book for you if you chafe against the idea of being “just a mom,” like I do.The Balanced Mom: Raising Your Kids Without Losing Your Self- Bria SimpsonI actually laughed when I found this book because it is basically the same topics I write about on this blog, but in a book. It has lots of short chapters, perfect for carrying around in your bag and reading in spare moment between activities. The author is a life coach, child and family psychologist and a mom of three - she knows what she’s talking about. If you like this blog, you’ll like this book, too.The Happiest Mom: 10 Secrets to Enjoying Motherhood- Meagan FrancisMeagan happens to be someone I know personally and have a huge amount of respect for, both personally and professionally. She wrote this book, built the popular blog The Happiest Home (formerly The Happiest Mom) and built a successful freelance writing, teaching and speaking career all while raising five awesome kids. This book is focused on ways to make your mothering job easier, so you have more energy and time for you. Because of course you can’t be a great mom if you are ignoring you.Woman's Comfort Book: A Self-Nurturing Guide for Restoring Balance in Your Life- Jennifer Louden.This book, originally published in 1992 and updated in 2005 could be considered the self-care bible. If you have no idea how to nurture yourself, or crave self care but have no idea where to start, this is an incredible resource. Laid out like a reference book, it contains more than 200 different ideas for self-nurturing, including a description, what you’ll need for the activity and an example of how to go about it. The ideas range from play activities, changes to make in your home, suggestions for better communication, and many many more.