There are so many unjoyful things happening in our nation right now.
Things that make looking at my boys and wishing for a safe future, free of judgment, free of hate, free of fear for just being who they are, hard.
But, for me, as their mother, the joyful moments of us together are what keeps me focused on positivity. Seeing them grow into men, good, strong, happy, brave, men who matter are what I want to celebrate now and for always.
I want you to celebrate with me.
And the other Happy Mamas.
When I started this joy journey at the beginning of 2014, my goal was to focus in. I wanted to be the master (er, mistress) of my own destiny. I was in a place where I was letting petty things, and some not-so-petty-but-still-nothing-to-be-so-down-about things control my ability to find joy. I was neglectful of the good things in my life, caught up in lamenting my perceived failures, and spending entirely too much time allowing the annoying people on Facebook thoughts, opinions, failures, success, judgments, and opinions of others deter me from finding peace and joy and awesome.
That was a lame way to live.
So I decided to do something about it.
And, doing hard things is always easier and more fun when surrounded by a supportive group of humans with a similar goal in life.
Finding joy became the shared mission of Team Happy Mama’s and we joined together to inspire a movement.
As we near the end of the year I am so grateful I decided to undertake this.
Am I measurably happier now than I was at this time last year?
I’m terrible at math, but I can say with relative certainty that I am.
Sure things still get me down. Of course I sometimes still envision how joyful my life would be if I were to run away and join the circus (as a blogger, of course, because me in a unitard or swinging from an anything is just not happening). And, yeah, I still think about drop kicking my kids when they act insane at the grocery store. When we run into their school principal. And my boss.
But, I’ve also been more conscious about the things in my life I appreciate.
Mostly, The Dudes and all of the happy mama moments they’ve allowed me to experience this year.
Team Happy Mamas knows you have a bunch of these moments this year too and we would love to see them and celebrate the joy of mothering with you and a $75 Amazon gift card to help spread some joy around this holiday season!
To enter, head over to Instagram and share one of your happiest mama moments from this year. Be sure you tag #HappyMamas2014 and @thedudemom so I can see your entry (you can also follow me and the other Happy Mamas over there for extra chances to win).
As we enter the season of giving and another year to celebrate the gift of motherhood, we hope that you and your families are able to enjoy a safe, happy, rich year end and a happy new year!
Feel free to link up a joyful post for us to check out too.