Thursday, May 5, 2011

Guest Post: Erica Nelson

Erica Nelson, author of Happiness Quotations, took time out of her super busy schedule to write a guest post today for the blog. I am so thankful that she has done this and it goes along with a feature of her book in the previous post. Be sure to check it out as we can all use more happiness in our lives.

Happiness for Moms
For all the moms, happiness can be elusive. We chose our children so happily, looking at the lovely faces at birth and falling so deeply in love it almost hurt! Then life brings challenges and some days are easy – other days push us to the limit! Here are some happiness steps for you to take to shift you back into your joy.
Happiness is like the oil that turns the wheels in your life. No oil, no juice, your wheels become stuck and your movement is sluggish.

Here are three steps you can take right now to step more deeply into your personal positivity every day.

* Appreciate. Appreciate your children and share this appreciation generously. Remember how they are perfect as spirit, even when the milk spills and they won’t try the new meal you worked so hard to create. Remember their preciousness even when they lash out at a sibling or get into an argument for no real reason. Just look at your child with new eyes of love and appreciation. Express this.
* Forgive your children. Always forgive them. No matter what happens, love the core of their beingness and remember the love you feel. You may also need to forgive your parents. That can be more challenging. Forgive everyone who could not see your beauty.
* Check in with yourself each day and ask yourself the question “do I feel happy? Could I feel more happiness?” Your positive expression of emotions – how you show up each day – will play a huge role in the chemistry of your household.

I’m the mom of three children ages 7, 8 and 9. Each is so very different, and so very precious. I have days where I don’t know where the rainbows went – and days where I am amazed, again and again, when they tell me stories that show me exactly how they think and learn and grow.

Here is a toast to all the moms! Thank you for being you.

Erica Marie Nelson is the author of the book “Happiness Quotations: Gentle Reminders of Your Preciousness” enjoying a big launch party this week at She began to write professionally in 1984. She lives in California with her three children, husband, two kitties and a Tennessee Walking Horse. You can like her happiness quotations also at Facebook.

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