“I’m just going to write because I cannot help it.” Charlotte Bronte

booksI recently accepted a full-time job and the first question I got from people when they heard the news was “Are you going to stop blogging?” My response was a resounding “NO!”

Like the English novelist and poet, Charlotte Bronte said, I have to write. If I don’t, I think I’d go mad. I can usually tell when there’s been a long pause in between blog posts. I find myself feeling stressed, edgy, and scattered. As soon as I sit down to put my thoughts “on paper”, I feel a sense of relief and joy. Joy? Yes.

Without sounding like a braggart, the reason I started my blog in the first place was because so many people were emailing me to comment on my monthly Frittabello newsletter. They loved my stories, my writing style, and most of all; they got a sense of inspiration from my words.

Wow!  I was helping people through my words.

This was a revelation for me. I had always written “in private” through my own journals but never really thought about writing for the public. My newsletter and then my blog were really my first attempts at ‘public writing’.

About four years ago while attending a small business mastermind group where we were working on our business missions, I was asked to tell the group what activity made me most happy (other than the obvious choices of my children, a date with George Clooney, or a lobster dinner). My response was writing or speaking. It was the first time I had made such a statement out loud but it resonated to the core of my being. We hear all the time how singers or actors say things like “I’m most at home when I’m on the stage.” That’s how I feel when I write. It feels like home.

Home is where the heart is. Home is where mom is and as I’ve said a million times, moms need help.

Writing about my own parenting experiences and the lessons I’ve learned along the way has not only helped me to get to know myself better, but when I receive comments or emails about the impact it has had on other moms, I know that I’m doing what I was born to do. Help others through my words – whether they are written or spoken.

I recently was asked to participate in a bloghop by Books Make a Difference, and I was happy to do so. I was asked to write about how a book or blog has impacted my experience as a mother. I think the biggest revelation I’ve gotten is how other mothers have been able to relate to my parenting journey and have felt like they have a “mommy soul mate” that is truly driven to help them in any way I can.

As moms, we want to feel like other mothers ‘have our backs’. That’s why I speak of the importance of having a solid group of mom peeps in your life. These treasures will keep you sane as you navigate the sometimes bumpy road of motherhood. If the internet has accomplished anything good, it has created a community where mothers can get information and inspiration. They feel connected in a world that is so disconnected.

That’s why I write. To help moms feel connected when they are lost, feeling alone, overwhelmed, or stressed. They can pop over to my blog and if nothing else, have a good laugh at my latest foible and maybe, just maybe get a hint of inspiration to make it through another day.

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