It is a momentous occasion. It is not only my birthday but it is also 13th day of the month and the 13th week of the #groovingmums blog hop.
For the uninitiated (where have you been?) #groovingmums is all about mums finding me time, rediscovering themselves, reinventing themselves and just generally getting a bit of a personal revival going on in whatever individual way makes sense to them.
In the last 13 weeks, a diverse group of #groovingmums have taken up courses, looked for work, flashed their pants, bought lovely shiny things, volunteered for good causes, lost weight, exercised, danced and all manner of things all in the name of highlighting the va-va voom of life.
Some have taken tiny steps and some huge ones in the last quarter of the year but all have made meaningful progress and today I celebrate that along with not feeling down and out at 43 years of age.
One mum said quoting the weeks the blog hop has gone on for sounds a bit like Emma’s Diary where you look at how a pregnancy is going. If we use that analogy, we have got over the yucky morning sickness that is realising it won’t always be perfect and fun but it will be worth the end result. We are probably starting to show too whether in terms of lost weight, fitter bodies, revived spirits or whatever.
So what do you think? Do we make our own luck? Has participating in #groovingmums being lucky for you? I guess my learning is that external events will impact on us but we can choose how to react to them. We can also decide to change and make proactive steps towards a new future.
Here are some recent stories from some of the #groovingmums. In no particular order except the first one who gets top spot the most special reason.
I have not being the best #groovingmums guru or queen (those are terms the #groovingmums have used so don’t blame me) in the last couple of weeks and that is OK. Sometimes we struggle a bit but we are all here for each other. Here are some fab mums who join in #groovingmums a lot or a little.
Please make a special effort to visit and leave a comment on these blogs as sometimes silence means people are either stressed, busy, depressed and/or in need of a kind word. In this festive season, let’s reconnect with old friends.
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If you want to get involved, drop me an email over at firstname.lastname@example.org and I can explain all. All mums are welcome and you will find those who take part to be a really useful support mechanism if you need that in your life for whatever reason. Most #groovingmums are on Twitter and easily found by putting hashtag #groovingmums in the search box.
Right, my birthday cake is calling so if you are looking for the photo of my birthday purchase that reflects #groovingmums or this week’s challenges or my personal journey, you will have to wait. Even a guru is allowed a day off on her birthday.
Raising a glass to all #groovingmums, regulars, one-offs and those with potential to join us.