Today I’m adding a new monthly feature to DudeMom!
I’ve been wanting to share some of the inspiring women who embody joy and choose happiness with all of you. Women who are doing wonderful things, joyful things, powerful, meaningful, and inspiring things.
Like teaching the children of the digital world how to be beautiful people.
Meet Galit Breen (the one on the left, sans cool beard)…
Mother. Blogger. Published book author.
You can read the story of her book’s vision, purpose, and birth here: Lemons to Lemonade Kindness Wins Story, but let me sum it up.
Last year, Galit wrote a great article about being happily married. Lots of people read it and some people said mean and insensitive things about her body. She wrote another post about the fat shaming haters for XO Jane. Even more people read that. When her kids asked if they could be online, she decided something needed to be done, to help change the digital world her children would be going into. One thing lead to another and…
Her first book, Kindness Wins, which shows parents how to teach their children to be responsible (and kind!) participants in the digital world, came out last Tuesday amid glowing reviews!
Galit has been a part of the Happy Mama Movement for some time now, so I decided she would be the perfect woman to jump off the Choose Joy Moms series. Because, duh, she clearly knows how to turn ugly into beauty in a soul fueling, life affirming way we can all learn something from.
I sat down (and by sit down I mean, sticker messaged her a few times on Facebook and sent some emails back and forth like we bloggers do) with Galit to discuss this journey and how she finds happiness, here’s what she had to say.
Me: Thank you for taking some time out to chat with me about finding joy, before we start, let’s loosen up with some fun questions: Disney princess you’re most like…
GB: Belle—nose in a book, all about kindness, yellow is my fave.
Me: Favorite animal?
GB: Elephant—I recently finished reading Jodi Piccoult’s Leaving Time and learned so much about how elephants revere mothering and taking care of each other and each other’s children. I believe in this with every fiber of my being.
Me: And the one question that will tell the world every thing they need to know about you and your life… chocolate or vanilla?
GB: Chocolate. #enoughsaid
Me: PERFECT! Now, real talk, I know this is a busy time for you with your book just coming out! Probably so many emotions and awesome experiences. What has been the most surprising part about the whole thing?
GB: I think the most surprising thing has been how emotional I’ve been! I knew how supportive my friends would be—because I am absolutely surrounded by amazing people—but every time I got a new message or tweet or little red Facebook notification, I got teary! People are just so good, you know?
Me: When we think about how you got here, that says a lot about the kind of woman you are, and the heart you have! Let’s talk about your book, Kindness Wins . It’s all about being kind online. Why did you think writing this was important, particularly now?
GB: Our kids are so very lucky to have access to social media, but just like they needed to be taught how to be kind in person, they need to be taught how to be kind to each other online. And we’re the first generation of parents raising digital kids without the benefit of having been raised that way. So we aren’t able to look back at what our parents and teachers taught us about how to maneuver online. So our kids get to a certain age and we let them be online and then there they are without any guidance. I believe that our kids are fundamentally good and that they just need to be taught how to “do” social media kindly, so my book is the how-to to do just that.
Me: Kindness makes me happy. Right up there with like cookies and puppies and Ryan Gosling (okay, slightly below Ryan Gosling, but you know what I mean). Let’s talking about joy. I know it is something that we are all after, but why do you think choosing joy is particularly important for moms?
GB: It’s so easy to get caught up in the minutia of the everyday. One more snack to dole out, one more jacket on the floor. But when we choose joy, we still experience the frustrations but they don’t take us, or our days, over leaving room for the giggles and the dance parties and the fun.
Me: Exactly why the Happy Mama Movement came about! So, other than chocolate, what makes you the most happy?!
GB: I’m a creature of habit, so I’m happiest when my days have room for the things I love—writing, books, exercise, my family, my puppy—and plenty of down time, too.
Me: Down time, sigh. That’s everyone’s happy place, isn’t it?! Before we go, choosing joy is hard, a daily commitment to looking on the bright side, and finding a way to get back to joy when you are temporarily pulled away. I think you do an awesome job of that and I love that you joined the Happy Mama Movement, have any advice for others wanting to make joy a true part of their lives?
GB: I think one of the best ways to find happiness is to intentionally surround yourself with other happy people.
Have you found your people yet?
We’d love to have you join the Happy Mama Movement on Facebook. And follow Team Happy Mamas online as we find joy in motherhood.