Tag Archives: magazine

writing

Writing From the Heart

One of my favorite things to do is writing. I consider it such an honor to write for other people, purposes, and outlets. It’s even more gratifying when someone actually pays me to write. Never thought that would happen.

I’ve been writing for Between the Bridges for about nine months now. I write a column called Mom2Mom as well as the occasional review, family feature, or sponsor spotlight. When I write my Mom2Mom column almost every month, I really do write from the heart. I stand behind every word I say and I truly want the readers to gain something from it. I feel proud when I see my work within the finished product and I hope my community sees the value in this resident friendly publication.

My subject this month was about that ever famous question, “Are you ready for the holidays?” My answer is always a resounding YES, but not for the reasons that most people think. In this column, I share some of the ways I have found to fully enjoy the holiday season without wasting all of my time getting ready for it.

IMG_0567

m2m IMG_0566

blog posts

Yoga…Moms…Good Combo

good combo
A nice little tidbit from KIWI Magazine
blog posts

Mom to Mom #2

Second in my series of ‘Mom to Mom’ articles in Between the Bridges.

Mindful Mom

By Libby Blumberg

Have you ever noticed, when something is weighing heavily on your mind and you repeatedly dismiss it, that the universe finds a way to make you listen? This happened to me recently. And it happened in threes. Yet another nudge from the universe.

Confidence in my parenting skills has taken a beating lately. I feel frustrated, overwhelmed, annoyed, and want solace from the constancy of motherhood. It has been increasingly difficult to handle toddler behaviors with love, calm, reasoning, and patience. Instead, I use anger, sarcasm, a raised voice, and way too much emotion. Both my extensive teaching experience and parenting knowledge thus far teach me the error of my ways. But I know that my daughter is a tiny version of me. Yes, payback is…well…you know. So, we have an emotional and passionate mommy trying to deal with the behaviors of her toddler ‘twin’, and we get a small explosion.

Luckily, the universe did its job and politely provided three interventions. They came in such perfect succession.

mindful2

    • An article in Kiwi Magazine entitled The Power of Mindful Parenting became important reading. The author of the article, Julie Halpert, cites the advice of psychologists and professors in “taking a slower, more empathetic approach to raising (your) kids.” This can be accomplished with a few simple practices like, breathing, slowing down, taking a break, and forgiving yourself. Sounds easy enough, right? Not easy, but when practiced, is possible. I hug and kiss my daughter now when she is having a tantrum because she can’t have a lollipop, instead of walking away, thinking how ridiculous she’s being. A little empathy goes a long way. And she still doesn’t get the lollipop!
  • Better Homes and Gardens finished their March issue with a little blurb called What’s the deal with…? by Alyssa Shaffer. The first culprit…mindfulness, and its positive effects: improved memory, reduced heart disease risk, and eased anxiety. Every mom out there is probably rooting for improved memory. I know I am!

yoga music 2

  • Finally, and most significantly, I received a CD in exchange for a blog review. The title for the press release is Music, Yoga and Mindfulness: Learn ‘How to be a Cloud’ with Kira Willey. Yes, please. Both my daughter and I would love to learn how to be a cloud. Clouds are fluffy and soft. Clouds float and melt. Clouds are, often times, quiet and peaceful. We would like to be all of those things. It turns out, after a few dance parties in our living room, we’re pretty good at it.

 

It always helps me, after receiving any kind of information, to put it into my own words so I will understand and remember it. So here is my advice on being a mindful mother.

 

Breathe. Breathe again. And again.

Empathize with your child and act on it.

Take the time to be right here in this moment.

Then remember how it felt and do it again.

Learn how to be a cloud.

 

mom to mom

Mom to Mom

As kids go back to school in our neck of the woods, my thoughts are with my fellow moms. This week I will feature my first six ‘Mom to Mom’ articles written for our community magazine, Between the Bridges. It has been such a pleasure sharing my thoughts with these women. I hope my words have helped them feel as wonderful as they are!

writer IMG_7235

Trust Me

By Libby Blumberg

March 2015

Motherhood. A word not easily defined. A responsibility with a distinct beginning, but no end. One of the most difficult jobs imaginable, yet desired in the hearts of millions of women everywhere.

My research found several definitions of mother and motherhood, often using these three words: authority, source, and origin. It was clear to me that the meaning of the word would be important to this column, but I was pleasantly surprised to discover how fitting it really is.

Discussions among mothers often include a barrage of questions. What is the best bottle or pacifier? How do I transition my child from a crib to a bed? Why is my child having tantrums? When and how should I potty train? How do I deal with the isolation that comes with being a stay-at-home-mom? What is the best way to prepare child #1 for child #2? The list is infinite.

One can search the internet to find a slew of answers to all of these questions and much more. Finding the problem in the index of a baby book will sometimes offer the solution. How about asking a relative who has been through motherhood before? Or post your question on social media and get a whole slew of answers! If you are lucky, as we are in Nocatee, you can occasionally gather with a group of other mom friends to share tips, tricks, and ideas.

Take a deep breath and hear this. Upon becoming a mother, you were given a precious gift. Think of it as your reward for taking on an extremely difficult job. Consider it your superpower. Call it your secret potion. It is what makes you ‘able to leap tall buildings in a single bound.’

Your gift: a mother’s instinct.

It is stronger than everything. It is smarter than the thickest book. It is more effective than an internet full of doctor recommendations. It trumps advice from your well-meaning relatives. It even surpasses the suggestions you get from other mothers going through (seemingly) the exact same thing. It is your authority, source, and origin. Nice, huh?

You must, however, listen in order to hear what it says. Stop for a moment and notice what your answer is before even asking the question. It is probably right there between you and your child, waiting to be heard. Your instinct makes you the authority on your child’s needs. It aligns you with the source of your solution. A mother’s instinct takes you back to your origin and gives you the wisdom you need.

Listen. It is saying…

Trust me.

 

Horn Tootin’ Tuesday: You can call me writer!

My blogs posts have been pretty lame lately. Please accept my apologies for that. It’s not because I haven’t had anything to say. I actually have a lot to say, and there are very nice people out there who are paying me for it!

writer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Between the Bridges magazine features my work every month in their Mom2Mom column where I share my heartfelt and real life experiences as a mother. So far, my words have been an inspiration to my community of mothers. This is very gratifying.

 

writer

IMG_7235

 

The same magazine just recently hired me as their Writing Team Liaison, which basically makes me a literary mentor to our middle school writers. They make my job pretty easy. Our first round of articles was outstanding!

Landing Life Magazine calls me their Publishing Assistant. This means that, in addition to writing articles, I will assist in compiling the entire document for the publishing deadline. This includes text, layout, photos, sequence, and proofreading. That’s a bit daunting right now, but there is plenty of time to learn.

These are both entry level positions for me, in a sense. I don’t have a formal education in journalism. Writing has always been a joy to me and I’m pretty good at it. (Thanks, Dad.) In fact, both of these jobs came to me because of this blog! It never occurred to me that it could slowly become a new career, but the surprise is a welcome one.

Here’s to new opportunities and the people willing to give me a fresh start!

writer