When this month's task popped into my head, I pushed it straight out again. Writing a love letter to myself? Frankly, a bit scary.
I sat with that feeling for a bit, and I realised that probably meant I needed to do it. And that other mums might find it helpful too...
Loving our children lies at the heart of our mothering. And to truly love others, we need to love ourselves first.
So let's write a love letter to ourselves. Because you, and I, are lovely.
If you're very lucky you might even win this gorgeous 'lovely' made from recycled plastic by the very loveable Colleen Attara.
We'll draw a random winner from everyone who uploads a photo of their love letter here (you don't have to share any of the words you write, unless you want to).
We have lots of suggestions of how to get started here.
And... if you're braver in a crowd, you could join our next #somum Make Date on 12 February 8.30 - 10pm GMT (world times here) to get self-loved up in time for Valentines Day, and have a go at spreading kind words together.
Our Mamas' Retreat is really truly happening later this month!!
We have just two slots left (single or shared rooms...) and we are so thrilled! It's going to be a once in a lifetime experience for all of us, bringing mums together at a stunning venue in Cornwall.
We're unlikely to get into this venue again (we can't really believe we've made it in there this time!) and although we're very much hoping to host more retreats in the future, we won't ever be able to charge a price this low again.
So if you've been thinking about joining us, jump in now! Don't miss out on this precious time for you. Because you deserve it.
What happened last month?
We started the fabulous Team Honk Relay, proudly waving the baton in the wind from Lands End to Truro! In odd shoes...
We helped to raise more than £500 for Team Honk with our wonky shoe walk, and Team Honk have already raised over £10,000 thanks to incredible efforts from bloggers all over the country. You can donate here.
Lovely mums all over the world also shared some wonderful odd shoes for our Best Foot Forward activity, and joined us for another brilliant #somum Make Date on twitter, sharing our favourite shoes, from fancy heels to slippers, not withstanding a mild obsession with kat boots...
You can share your own odd shoes any time you like right here.
To explore what it's really like to build a business as a mother, we teamed up with Mum Plus Business for some inspiring Creative Business-Mama interviews:
Read all about how creative mamas Joanne Glover of Sew Sew Chic, Lisa Wilmhurst of Mobilampshades, Lisa Miles of Creative Sofa, Kate Sayer of Little Knitted Stars, and competition winner Vicki Jackson of Love Helm built creative businesses while mothering.
We even squeezed the lovely Teika Bellamy of Mothers' Milk Books and her able telephone assistant in there...
We've developed a 2-hour workshop with Child and Community Psychologist Dr Emily Jane and our friends at the B-New Project to bust working mama guilt - giving you simple tools to build your confidence, deepen your connection with your kids, and reclaim ‘good enough’.
If you need this and you're not in Cornwall, hang on in there - we're hoping to take the session online for a wider audience in the next few months...
This first session is aimed at working mamas or soon-to-be working mamas, but we'll be expanding the content to all mamas soon. Because we all work as mothers. And every mama matters.
Over on facebook, we discussed female superheroes, shared cute pictures of my daughter in a blatant attempt to encourage charity donations, and got all over-excited about being featured in the local papers 4 times in 2 weeks...
A love letter to YOU
Last but definitely not least, we would like to send you a little love letter of our own...
You, mama. Yes, you.
I love you for you.
I love you for all that you give every day to your children. On the good days, and on the days when it feels you have nothing left to give.
I love you at your best, and on those days when you can barely lift your head from the pillow to do it all over again.
I love you for the incredible gift you give - of you to them. I love you for the dreams you hold for your children, and I love you for your own dreams.
You are seen. You are heard. And you are loved.
With love from Pippa and Penny
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