Welcome to a October, 2016, the month of the 31 day writing challenge!
This month, several thousand bloggers will participate in a daily writing challenge. Write on a topic of your choice, every day, for 31 days.
Last year was my first year to participate and I wrote about living small. Let me tell you. Writing daily is no joke.
I wanted to choose a lighter topic this year, honestly. Something that would perhaps allow me to sleep a little during the month. I had an idea for something fun, but God kept pressing a different idea into my head. One I wasn’t super excited about. Write for mamas. Write about mamas. Write with mamas.
Sigh…I don’t want to write about mama life. Those of you who know me and have read the kinds of things I write here might be in shock. Wait!? You write about mama stuff all the time!
Seriously, I love, love being a mom. There’s nothing like it! I love writing about my family. I love writing about mama life.
But an entire month? 31 days of writing about motherhood? I’m not so sure about that one. Mom life is a topic that is written about over and over. From women much more eloquent than I am. From blogs much, much, much more popular than mine. Seriously, I am one tiny little space on the Internet. I really, really didn’t want to choose this topic. Writing about it here and there is fun, but for a straight month? Truthfully, I didn’t think I had anything to add to the conversation that hasn’t been covered. Plus, I couldn’t see myself writing headings like, “How to Get Your Child to Sleep Through the Night,” or, “The One Thing You’re Missing Out on as a Mom,” or “How to Get Your Kids to Eat Peppers and Love Them.” Because seriously, I haven’t figured out the answers to any of those yet.
Quite frankly, writing about motherhood is tricky. Sometime I think it makes people think that maybe choosing to write about that topic means I have it all together as a mom. Or that perhaps I see myself more highly as a mom than others since I’m writing about it. Makes them shrug off what I say since really, who am I to write about such a topic. I’m not an expert on it any more than the next mama.
But I kept praying about it. And God slowly showed me bits and pieces. Gave me inspiration, and made me see that this challenge is about much more than me and what I think about this journey. It’s about all of us mamas, what unites us, what makes us special, what we think about, what we feel called to, and so much more.
Since motherhood is about us all, I’ve invited friends to share some posts. Friends have shared answers to questions I asked, leaving me in tears, nodding my head in agreement, and sometimes in pieces on the floor. God’s working already, and I’m only just starting to write my introduction.
My main goal for this series is to celebrate mamas everywhere. Those that think like I do and those that don’t. Those who struggle with things I do and those that struggle with things I can’t understand. Because even though we might be very different from one another, the one thing we can claim together is the love we have for our children. And that, is indeed something to celebrate!
I certainly hope you find some encouragement along the way. Some posts will be a bit “heavier” than others as I preach to myself about this mothering journey. Some posts will features moms with businesses. Some posts will not be written by me so you can have some new perspectives from other moms out there.
I look forward to sharing with you. Thanks for joining me, friends!
Here’s the posts from the entire series!
Day 1: 31 days of celebrating mamas
Day 2: the struggle is real
Day 3: you are an expert, mama
Day 4: the curse of being careful
Day 5: sit with the lonely kid
Day 6: the compassion experience
Day 9: these are the days of
Day 13: guest post: awards
Day 14: he always loves us
Day 15: guest post: the spread
Day 16: these are the days of
Day 18: shop small: Violet & Burke
Day 19: shop small: Natural Mama Bean
Day 20: shop small: Willow and Burl
Day 21: shop small: Spearmint Spruce
Day 22: shop small: UNCVRD jewelry
Day 23: these are the days of~week 3
Day 25: on motherhood and distractions
Day 27: you know you’re a mama when…