515KV8TLH4L._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_I recently read the book How To Be Everything. While I think the subtitle should actually be something about being a single parent, it is actually “a guide for those who (still) don’t know what they want to be when they grow up.” If you are one of those people, I think you are in good company. It seems like working at one career path for 40 years has gone out of style. I’m glad it has become more socially acceptable to have several different careers over time, because it has definitely been my path. And even in the moments that I’ve had people try to shame me about it, I’ve known that being an idea person with many interests has been one of my greatest strengths. I started working full-time when I was fifteen years old. Twenty years and three careers later I find myself once again standing at the edge of yet another great adventure. And I’m way more excited than I am intimidated.

The book puts into words what I’ve worked out only intuitively. But it got me thinking about what my own process of starting big, new projects looks like. For me, it looks like scrap after scrap of paper – making the numbers work and defining the best pitch for each audience. Once I get it right, I start right in. And I keep checking my progress against my scraps of projections. It’s a loose process, I think keeping me from analysis paralysis, but it works for me. I better get back to it! I think I have an exciting several months ahead.



The Wisdom of Moms

Recently, I was sweetly gifted the new book The Wisdom of Moms by Bridget Hamilton. It’s small book written in partnership with photographers of National Geographic and is full of amazing photos of mama animals and their young along with facts about the mother/child bond and inspirational quotes. When it arrived in the mail, I couldn’t read it right away because my kid immediately latched onto it and paged through the photos over and over and over. I love that he loves it and I love it as a reminder that good mothering (among many other things) really is: grit, tenderness, guidance, compassion and dedication. Single mamas are covering those bases 24/7 so we should give ourselves a pat on the back.

Looking at this book reminded me of some of the other books on my child’s bookshelf that feature just moms and kids. Some of them by design and some of them just coincidentally. Some of our favorites are:

Just Me and My Mom

A day of adventures of a kid and his mom.

Love Is a Family

How one single mom explains what makes a family.

Hi, Cat

A kid’s adventures in the neighborhood and coming home to his mom.

You Are My I Love You

A sweet little board book with a great rhyme about how much a mom loves her kid.

Mommy Hugs

Similar to The Wisdom of Moms, this one shows paintings of animal mamas and babies and how they show their love for each other.

Hope any solo moms out there had a great Mother’s Day yesterday. But everyday is Mother’s Day when you are a single mom so have a good one today, too!

Signs & Seasons

I’ve mentioned Freewill Astrology on here a bunch of times. I’m kind of a nerd for it and I read it every week. If you aren’t familiar with it, check it out, it’s pretty unusual for a horoscope and, I promise, you will not come away without learning something. It’s a good one.

Recently, I was reading my weekly horoscope and I decided to the the Freewill Astrology archives so I could look at the one from when my child was born. My child’s horoscope said this:

“Nourish beginnings, let us nourish beginnings,” says poet Muriel Rukeyser in her poem “Elegy in Joy.” “Not all things are blest,” she continues, “but the seeds of all things are blest. The blessing is in the seed.” I urge you to adopt this perspective in the coming weeks, Aries. Be extra sweet and tender and reverent toward anything that is just sprouting, toward anything that is awakening, toward anything that invokes the sacredness of right now. “This moment,” sings Rukeyser, “this seed, this wave of the sea, this look, this instant of love.”

Seems fitting for a newborn! And mine from that week:

The French verb renverser can be translated as “to turn upside-down” or “to reverse the flow.” The adjectival form is renversant, which means “stunning” or “astonishing.” I think you may soon have experiences that could be described by those words. There’s a good chance that a dry, impoverished part of your life will get a juicy, fertile infusion. A deficiency you have worried about might get at least half-filled. An inadequacy that makes you feel sad may be bolstered by reinforcements. Alas, there could also be a slight reversal that’s not so gratifying. One of your assets may temporarily become irrelevant. But the trade-off is worth it, Libra. Your gains will outstrip your loss.

My gains outstripped my loss – indeed. By far.

single mom recipesNow, I don’t spin my life on astrology and horoscopes but I find the topic fun and amusing. So when I heard about the book Signs & Seasons – An Astrology Cookbook, I totally wanted to check it out. It’s such a fun idea and seems like an even more in depth way to cook seasonally while learning about the mythology of the sky.

For the most part the recipes weren’t up my alley and I thought the photography could have been better. But some of the recipes were keepers and I and immediately made the incredibly simple Stir-Fried Snap Peas with sesame seeds. I called them “Open Sesame! Snap Peas!” – and 61hZK6cG6HL._SX348_BO1,204,203,200_.jpegmy kid loved it.

Signs & Seasons reminds me a bit of another book I really love called Full Moon Feast – which revolves around gratitude for what is abundant around the time of each full moon of the year, plus a lot of natural and cultural history information about each moon.

For someone who is not all that into holidays, things like these are fun, vibrant ways to stay in the swing of the seasons and mark the passage of my weeks and months. Now off to enjoy this spring weather!