with Amy Urquhart
I’m Amy and I’ve spent the last three years trying to strike that perfect balance between being a wife, mom and professional career woman. I’ve decided that I’ll never perfect the art of “having it all”, but this blog is a chronicle of my attempts to continue to do so. I’m a blogger (my personal blog about Canadian home life is Hearts into Home), gardener, college instructor, wife to Graham and mom to Nate. If you’re also a working mom who finds there just aren’t enough hours in the day, I hope you’ll enjoy this column!
Read her blog at Hearts into Home.
I’ve been a bit overwhelmed recently. Not with work, per se, but with trying to juggle all of the things I’ve got going on right now — when you put it all together, well, there’s a lot on my plate, and it can leave me feeling uninspired and unmotivated.
I’m sure you can relate to that feeling. I like to pretend I’m SuperMom but, of course, I’m not (I don’t even come with interchangeable heads — I feel like the frazzled one has been attached for the past few weeks).
So I thought I’d share with you a few of the places I turn to when I need a bit of inspiration (besides Work It, Mom! of course)…
1.) The Happiness Project. You’ve read some of Gretchen Rubin’s great tips for happiness right here at Work It, Mom! Her blog has plenty more, plus quotes and articles and her own insights into happiness.
2.) Affirmawords. I didn’t find this blog, to be honest — it found me when founder Kristen Marie Schuerlein sent me an email. And I’m so glad she did! Her blog asks different people two thoughtful questions, showing readers how the power of words can encourage and inspire others. The answers are enlightening and sometimes surprising. (Want to know what my answers were? Here they are!)
3.) The Big Picture. This fantastic photoblog is full of awe-inspiring (and just plain inspiring) images from around the world and beyond — check out the set of views of Jupiter if you need a reminder of how amazing life and the universe can be. See the picture of the moon Io floating in front of the massive planet? I looked at that and realized that my own issues are really pretty tiny.
4.) Despair, Inc. It seems counterintuitive; after all, these are the people who perfected the art of poking fun at those inspirational posters and plaques you see in so many offices. But a little humor goes a long way, and sometimes a bit of sarcasm is enough to give me a new perspective on a difficult (or ridiculous) situation. Current favorites: “Tradition: Just because you’ve always done it that way doesn’t make it incredibly stupid” and “Meetings: None of us is as dumb as all of us.”
5.) The Good News Network. This site is a portal for good news of all sorts, from positive stories that you don’t usually see in the mainstream media to profiles of inspirational people. Everyone can read the headlines throughout the site, but membership is required to get the whole story, post comments, discuss news in the forums, or submit stories of your own (free, 30-day trial memberships are available, but regular membership fees are on a “pay what you can afford” basis starting at just $2 per month).
Where do you go when you’re looking for inspiration?
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