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#OneWord365: On the Harmony of Growth & Contentment

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Well, this GROW year has gotten away from me, and my plan of writing a grow post each month this year got a bit sidetracked by other things.


Still, I was reminded recently that perhaps the most important step toward achieving any goal is the all-important act of simply showing up. So here I am again, showing up (albeit, a little late) with reflections on growth from the first quarter of this year.

There’s no image that embodies contentment
quite so much as a happy cat

There has been a recurring theme so far in my year of grow, and it seems only right to explore it a bit here in my first update on this year’s word.

The concept that has been coming up over and over in different contexts for me is the idea that in order to be open to growth or change, one must first be dissatisfied—or downright unhappy—with her current state of being.

I have a lot of trouble with this idea. It implies that in order to want to change, I must first be unhappy; I must first not like who I am today. In order to desire growth, progress, and, ultimately, an outcome different than my current state, I can’t be content with how things are right now, in this moment. I’ve tried to simply reject this concept outright, but it keeps popping up and invading my hard earned sense of contentment with the state of my life and (perhaps more importantly) myself.

So I’ve been thinking a lot about how one can continue on a path of growth and change while simultaneously being completely content with each day, each moment, each state of being along that journey. To desire positive movement in some direction, while simultaneously feeling happy with the place you’re in right now.

The answer I’ve come up with for me is about framing: rather than pinpointing a particular goal or achievement (an outcome or destination), I’ve got to think about growth and change as a journey, a daily choice, and (if I’m going to be really honest with myself) a never-ending process. If I can truly enjoy all the steps along the way, it becomes less about trying to be or do something else, and more about choosing each day to focus on things that are important to me, and that make me feel good.

None of us really knows exactly where we’re going, anyway, right? I say you might as well choose the path that most appeals to you for the long and exciting journey ahead. And know that where you are right now has the potential to be just as valuable, enjoyable, and desirable as where you’re headed.

Eight Tips for Healthy Eating and Drinking

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Eight Tips for Healthy Eating and Drinking

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Eight Tips for Healthy Eating and Drinking

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Consider iodine supplementation if you are…

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Consider iodine supplementation if you are moving West…

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Consider iodine supplementation if you are moving West…

Cut Stapled & Mended

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I will be reviewing this book later next week, but this is time sensitive! “Cut Stapled and Mended” is a book that I can’t WAIT to share with you all in the coming weeks. In the meantime, they have an amazing giveaway happening today, April 30th ONLY. The giveaway appears today, April 30th at 12am EST and will be disappearing at 11:59pm EST on April 30th.

Incredible visionaries (Dr. Northrup, Susan Weed, Pam England, Mother Health International and many more) are giving more than $1,000 in gifts to EVERY person who buys a copy of the book!


In honor of mothers everywhere, I’m sharing the news of an amazing giveaway that’s happening today.  Roanna Rosewood, Dr. Christiane Northrup, Susan Weed, Sheri Winston, Karen Brody, Mother Health International, Pam England, Rebecca Wood, MamAmor Dolls, Barbara Harper, Debra Pascali-Bonaro, Stephanie Dawn, Elizabeth Harper, and other incrediblevisionaries in giving away hundreds of dollars worth of valuable gifts, just in time for Mother’s Day. Whether you’re impassioned about women’s health and empowerment or simply want to honor an important mother in your life, this is for you!
 

Today’sover-the-top, gift-packed event celebrates the launch of a very special book. Cut, Stapled, & Mended intimately unveils birth itself, not just as the means to a baby but a transformation from girl to mother. It delivers a powerful tool of advocacyfor everyone who wants to preserve physiological birth, healing for traumatic births, and courage for those who fear birth. These visionaries are so excited about this book that they are giving you more than $1,000 in valuable gifts, when you claim your copy of Cut, Stapled, & Mended on Amazon today. To see your gifts, visit http://www.cutstapledandmended.com/    
 
European friends CANorder from Amazon.co.uk instead of the Amazon.com. 

Here’s what others are saying about Cut, Stapled & Mended:

I have never read a better description of how giving birth helps a woman to grow and realize her potential. This book needs to be read by pregnant or to-be pregnant women, to-be fathers, midwives, nurses, hospital administrators and, most especially, by doctors.

- Dr. Marsden Wagner, former director of women’s and children’s Health at the World Health Organization

I was unable to put it down, needing to read on late into the night, sobbing with the pain, crying with the joy as she finally has the primal natural birth, in all its pain, power, mess and glory. This is truly a ‘journey of personal transformation’ as the author finds something even more important, something I didn’t know I was missing: myself. Once you pick it up, you won’t be able to put it down until you’re wiping your eyes, sharing her joy, sharing a heart filled with her triumph.

- Sheri Winston, CNM, RN, BSN, LMT, award-wining author, and one of the United States’ leading sex teachers

Roanna’s book is a bold statement of our birthing times. Every woman – whether you’ve birthed a baby naturally or not – will find elements of themselves in her story. Please listen closely, notice how this ode to a pregnant woman’s human rights is a plea many women feel too silenced to speak. Thank you Roanna for offering your voice and speaking your truth.

- Karen Rachel Brody, Playwright of Birth and founder of BOLD

I love the rational left brain of Roanna Rosewood. And the massive power of her women’s wisdom which got to her, as it always does, through her body during birth. Cut, Stapled and Mended is engaging, honest, and courageous.

- Christiane Northrup, M.D., ob/gyn physician and author of the New York Times bestsellers: Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom  and The Wisdom of Menopause

The gifts disappear at midnight, tonight, so come now! 

Motivational Monday

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Maternal Health Awareness Month Blog Hop

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Let’s contribute! We would like to take part in Postpartum Support International’s first ever blog hop. The 2013 theme is “Recover and Coping Skills.” We will be posting throughout the month of May and connecting our site with the PSI blog and other contributors nationwide. Editorial guidelines can be found here: http://postpartum.net/Join-Us/Maternal-Mental-Health-Awareness-Month-Blog-Hop.aspx. 

Send submissions to media@birthnetwork.org