How to get your groove back

For those who do not yet know, the Getting Your Groove Back Blog Hop is for mums who want to rediscover the woman they used to be or to reinvent themselves altogether. The aim of the blog hop is to share stories and to celebrate changes in our lives however small.

Last week, we had 14 contributions and that was so heartening to see. I also loved reading all the diverse posts from very different women with very varied methods for getting their groove back. I hope you did too. We had nudity and burlesque along with healthy eating and exercise plans, people looking into courses, people admitting they are struggling a bit and more.

I was really touched to see women also sharing their music stories and their treats for their bodies. Annie Lennox came out as number one but it was great to discover other musical choices too.

Now two things need to be said loud and clear.

1. No mum should feel excluded from this blog hop. It is for you to decide whether you want to join in and how you will do that. What is getting your groove back for one woman will be very different for another and that is absolutely fine.

2. Some women are making huge moves to change and some are making smaller ones. They are all of value and every journey begins with just one tiny step. The important thing is to keep moving forward. This blog hop is here to support you (and me!) with that. Some of you have or have had post-natal depression and some of you have physical issues so please do be gentle with yourselves.

So just write a post about how you are changing or trying to get your groove back however you define that. It might be healthy eating, doing a course, volunteering, writing a CV, applying for a job, taking exercise, saying yes, saying no or a whole host of other things.

As my questions or tasks seemed to go down well last week, you might also want to try these ideas but there is no obligation to do so. Do what works best for you.

1. Breakfast Time – Do you rush breakfast? Do you eat things because the family do even though you might prefer something else? Do you skip breakfast altogether? This week, I want you to do something different for one breakfast this week. Add some fruit to your cereal, have a croissant, indulge in smoked salmon and scrambled eggs, have some warming porridge, whatever does it for you. What is your all-time favourite breakfast? Tell us about it this week and then make sure you have it during the next 7 days.

2. Spin Doctor – Women are great at putting themselves down. This week, I want you to pretend you are your own spin doctor or public relations expert. Include in your blog post a word, a sentence, a paragraph or a whole post about what is just fabulous about you.

As for myself, I am continuing to get my groove back although have had setbacks this week too but I guess that is all part of life.

1. I have lost some more weight, not much but heading in the right direction. I say more about my healthy eating regime here

2. I have missed the start of the yearly course for Home-start. At first they said I could join in late bu then changed their minds. I have argued my case quoting 20 years working with vulnerable people and personal experience of being a mum to 3 very young children whilst batting post-natal depression. They will not change their minds so I will reapply next year.

3. I visited the charity shop and was told I could volunteer on Friday mornings so I hope to start there next week.

4. I am going to join the school fundraising group at their next meeting.

5. I went out every day but one last week and it felt energising to be out and about.

Things to Remember:

1. You can post anytime between now and next Monday and do remember to link up.

2. Please visit other entries and leave a supportive comment for these women who are sharing their stories. You might pick up some new ideas too.

3. Please share the stories by pressing share buttons to Twitter, Facebook and other social networks as this will encourage new readers and also offer support to others.

4. Please remember I am on this journey too and welcome comments on my journey.

5. You are very welcome to join us. Yes YOU! Your post can be as short or as long as you see fit. It can be in words or pictures, entirely up to you.

I look forward to seeing what you are all up to and let’s get the message out loud and clear about #groovingmums on social networks.

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  1. PollyBurns2 October 4, 2011 / 10:35 am

    Brilliant progress Kate! Especially persevering with the Home-Start people. It’s their loss if they can’t be flexible but it gives you more time to do something else. Love the prompts, too, will be writing mine later. Polly x

  2. Glasgow Mummy October 4, 2011 / 11:03 am

    I’m being dumb – just spotted the Linky Tool… sorry!!

  3. chickenruby October 4, 2011 / 5:30 pm

    I’ve been spurred on to do more now about getting my groove back, thank you for the prompts

  4. The Rambling Pages October 4, 2011 / 7:42 pm

    Thats a huge shame about homestart, their loss though, and through the type of posts you are doing on PND I hope they go some way to helping others in a similar position. I wish I had of found your blog when I was at my worst as to me everyone else looked like they were doing just fine and I sat their with my ‘happy face’ glued on (as many of the others may of been doing). I think it is easier to open up online, no-one can judge! As for everything else, you are really going for it 🙂 I hope the voluntarty work goes well, you will probably love it and I bet you meet some right characters x

  5. michelletwinmum October 4, 2011 / 8:44 pm

    Enjoy your volunteering. Great blog hop Kate. Mich x

  6. Nikki Thomas October 5, 2011 / 7:11 am

    What a brilliant idea – a great way of inspiring us all! Sounds like it is Home Starts loss, but I do wonder why organisations are so pedantic, especially when you want to help! Keep up the good work!

  7. Kim Stewart October 5, 2011 / 7:58 am

    Wow Kate, you’ve been a busy bee! Well done on all your positive moves and on your words of encouragement to everyone. It’s a shame about Home Start, it’s very frustrating when you really want to do something but can’t for whatever reason, but you’ll get there and be of great value to them when you do. I will try to get a blog post done today……this week is flying by somehow! x

  8. rightfromthestart October 5, 2011 / 8:13 am

    I linked an old post this week, one that I had done a little while back for Kate at Katetakes5. I thought it gave a good background to my journey and fitted your theme. I have a couple of others for you in the pipeline but not quite done the background for them yet.

  9. mrsshortie October 5, 2011 / 11:36 am

    Wow you have been busy this week, It seems very silly that you can’t get onto the course to help Home-Start, you would think they would welcome people with open arms, but at least you are managing to do something else.

    I love reading what you have been doing and also catching up with others that are joining in.

  10. Mummy Plum October 5, 2011 / 5:46 pm

    Sounds like you have made lots of positive steps this week. The charity shop volunteering is great news, especially that you can start so quickly. Love the breakfast prompt for this week. My humble breakfast is something I’ve been correct for a while, so the timing is perfect!

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