A Dream Come True
We all have dreams. Maybe you have little dreams or big dreams, maybe you dream of an achievement, milestone, big purchase, holiday, lifestyle, or special moment. Our truest dreams are often hard to say out loud, or even to admit to ourselves, let alone others. They reveal so much about us and in a way, reveal our deepest vulnerabilities. With that in mind, please treat me gently for what I am about to say.
My biggest dream is to be an author. It’s not easy to say this out loud, or to tell the whole world (thanks, internet). But the reason I want to tell you is because today my dream has become real.
What’s this got to do with you?
Good question - and the answer is, everything!
I want to thank you. All of you, those who have been with me from the beginning, and those who may be just visiting this blog for the first time. You have inspired me to put the words in my heart down on paper. And you have inspired me to transform them into a gift for you, and for all new mums beginning their motherhood journey.
And so without further ado, here it is: Rise and Shine: 101 Days of Inspiration for New Mothers.
It is now available in most online bookstores, wherever you love to buy your books.
About the Book
Rise and Shine is an honest and heart-warming book to inspire, encourage, challenge and empower mothers in their first year of motherhood.
The book includes:
•Uplifting and empowering topics of focus for any mum in her first year of motherhood.
•101 days of inspiration, motivation, challenges and focuses.
•Stories all mums can relate to.
•Empowering and memorable quotes.
•Short (and sweet) chapters, so it fits into your life.
•Read as little as a page a day with your morning cup of coffee.
This book began well before I knew what was happening. In my baby’s first year I struggled with the challenges of my new lifestyle, and one of the ways I coped was through reading inspiring books and listening to podcasts. I would only read a page a day, or listen to ten minutes of a podcast, as it was all I could fit into my hectic life, but slowly and surely, it made a difference. However, the books and podcasts I was listening to didn’t always make me feel better or more inspired in my weird world of new motherhood. In fact, sometimes they had the opposite effect.
While others were out there ‘achieving their dreams’, starting side-hustles, travelling and living abroad, decluttering and minimalising their possessions, and more, I was stuck 24-7 with an adorable and demanding newborn. I wanted to go and achieve my dreams, but I also felt something was missing in the messages I was hearing. It took me a while to understand the discontentment in my heart, but eventually I figured it out:
Being a mother is an incredibly special dream. It is the rarest and most wonderful occupation. And it is also impossibly challenging and often soul-sucking (at the same time as it is nourishing our souls…yep, I know you understand).
Why did it take me so long to figure this out? Because ‘motherhood’ looked nothing like I’d imagined. It was hard and it felt like I had given up my whole life. And because, sadly, nothing I listened to at the time had actually acknowledged that motherhood could be a dream, too and that you didn’t just have to have dreams ‘in spite of’ being a mother.
I wanted to be a mum, I really did, but I didn’t want the motherhood lifestyle. I wanted my baby as well as all the free time in the world to pursue my dreams. Obviously, this wasn’t realistic. And so being inspired was bitter-sweet. All the messages I heard missed the fact that not everyone can just start a business in their (non-existant) free time. Not everyone can just go travel the world on a whim. Not everyone even has the ability to think clearly for five minutes, let alone try to write a business plan (thanks, sleep deprivation).
So I began to write my own messages that I could relate to, as short, page-a-day chapters. When I was up in the middle of the night rocking my baby, with tears streaming down my face because I was so exhausted, I began to tell myself these messages - and when she was back in bed I would promptly go and write everything down.
At first I wrote them for myself, for strength and reminders of what really mattered. And then, through Modern Day Mamas, I began to see that other new mums might need these words too.
Rise and Shine is full of honest, real stories from my journey into motherhood, and I hope it is also heart-warming, inspiring and empowering.
It has been a long road to get here, and anyone who has had a baby will understand. In a way, this book is another baby of mine! It has kept me up at all hours of the night, sometimes the process was painful, and often it resembled nothing like I imagined. But it was also life-giving, and soul-nourishing, and sometimes it was fun and crazy, and it was always worth it.
This book was my life-saver for getting me through my first year of motherhood, and now I hope it will be the same for you.
Your dream to be an amazing mother is important. And so are the other areas of your life - your hobbies, your relationships, your dreams, your career, and your health.
I’d love to hear now, if you would like to share, what is your dream?
(P.s If you'd like to support me, please consider purchasing a copy of the book - I know you'll love it and it makes a great gift for your pregnant friends too!)