A Valuable Resource for All Moms + Book Giveaway!

Enter to win! Details near the end of this post. Giveaway ends May 19, 2017.

Hello readers – Laura here. I love to read. In my perfect world, I would read every day. (Fun reading, not work reading.) I would dedicate hours if I could, without those pesky interruptions, like making dinner, cleaning bathrooms, and parenting a tween.

Do you see where this is going? My life is NOT perfect. I don’t take the time to read books as much as I’d like to. Because LIFE. I buy books, and then they become interesting dust collectors, piled high in various spots in my home. I have so many books that I know are great reads, but they stare at me, mocking me for not cracking them open.

If you follow The Legacy Project, then you know how important we think moms are. Cultivating a lasting legacy of moms lost by girls and young women is what we do. I may not have had the good fortune of an organization like The Legacy Project when I was a young motherless girl, but I try to honor my mom’s legacy every day. She was a do-er. Public service was her jam. She served in the first group of Peace Corp volunteers back in 1961. She was a school teacher. After she and my dad started a family, she served many years on our district school board. She campaigned hard for local and national candidates she believed in.

While my service pales in comparison to my mom’s, I have always felt compelled to make a difference in my community. I live out my faith by serving and doing. It’s how I share God’s love. So, when a book comes along that affirms my belief of serving the world in community, I’m all in. Mama Bear’s Manifesto by Leslie Klipsch does not disappoint. I added this book to my impressive pile of “books to read”, but thankfully it didn’t take too long before I was challenged to open it up and start reading. I’m so glad I did!

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Leslie gives practical applications we as moms can use in every day life, because we all know sometimes just getting through our mama day is a major accomplishment. She is the best cheerleader – giving all moms confidence to develop deep friendships that allow them to make a difference in the world together. It’s so powerful serving our community IN community with other strong, beautiful women. I strongly encourage you to read this book. It’s inspirational and encouraging with such hope for each of us and the world we live in. I don’t know about you, but looking at the world around us, I want to embrace hope. I want to be reminded that yes, as a mom, I can make a difference in this troubled world we live in.

So GO! Pick up a copy of Mama Bear’s Manifesto today. It’s available locally in the Quad Cities at Crafted QC and Barnes and Noble. You can purchase it online here. * The Kindle version is available here.

Another wonderful resource that complements the Mama Bear’s Manifesto is the Mama Bear Dares podcast! I’m mildly obsessed with podcasts. While I don’t take the time to read in my day-to-day life, I do listen to podcasts while I walk my neighborhood. Some like music to keep them pounding the pavement. I like podcasts. They keep me motivated and I always, always, always learn something. Mama Bear Dares fits the bill on both counts. Leslie and Tesi, her sister-in-law, co-host and it’s like sitting down (or walking) with two of your closest friends. They are down to earth, and treat us listeners as valuable people. They don’t speak just to hear themselves talk. They have a long list of amazing guests with diverse backgrounds and stories. Each episode makes me think about how I can better serve my family, my community, myself. You just have to check it out and subscribe!

I loved this book so much that I want to share it with a couple of lucky readers. In honor of my beautiful mom, and ALL of the fabulous moms I know, I am personally giving away two copies of Mama Bear’s Manifesto! Click here to enter the giveaway. Already have a copy? Enter anyway – you can make a deserving mom’s day by gifting her a copy.

Bless those women around you by sharing all things Mama Bear with them. They will thank you! You can follow Leslie at www.leslieklipsch.com. Read more about the podcast at www.mamabeardarespodcast.com.

-Laura

*The Legacy Project receives .5% of all purchases made through our Amazon Smile link, at no added cost to you.

It’s Okay

It’s getting so close to Mother’s Day.  Many people are working on their brunch menu for mom, buying her last minute presents, sending her flowers. Why do we make such a big deal of this day? Because moms are awesome! We all know this. But for some whose moms are not here, the day can be hard. HARD with all caps hard.

We all face challenges at different points in our lives, and sometime it’s dealing with loss. Even years later, there can be hard days – often around holidays. It’s okay. It’s okay to not feel okay.

You should be able to say, “I’m not okay today”, without being made to feel  you’re not handling things well, or that something is wrong with you.

It’s okay to talk about why you’re not okay. Or not. It’s all okay.

It’s okay to feel not okay when seemingly the whole world around you feels happy and joyful.

It’s okay if you need to practice self-care by taking time for you. Spending time alone or with lots of people around you. It’s okay.

It’s okay to ask for help.

So, how can those of you who are feeling okay, even joyful, help those who are not?

Offer a hug instead of a sideways glance as you keep walking.

Tell them you’re there to listen if they want to share.

Hand them a Kleenex.

Be mindful of others, and think about what you might want if you were not feeling okay.

However you’re feeling this Mother’s Day – it’s okay. Know that tomorrow is a new day.

Things We Learned from Mom

Nearly every month, on the second Saturday, a group of special women gather in the Quad Cities. It’s a group who have experienced mother loss at different stages of their lives. They are a sisterhood, where they celebrate their mothers and support each other through an encouraging network for continuous healing. They are known as QC Motherless Daughters, and they are the inspiration behind The Legacy Project.

As Mother’s Day approaches, this group of motherless daughters reflect on and honor the memory of their moms. Here they share some of their thoughts on what they learned from mom.

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The Legacy Project Needs Your Vote

A quick link to voting here!

The Legacy Project is a finalist in a contest for three months of membership at CoworkQC! A place where we can create, collaborate and cowork. We promise, a vote for The Legacy Project will make you feel good inside.

We’re humbled and honored that a panel of CoworkQC members selected us as a finalist for this contest. Thank you, panel, for believing in us and our mission: to honor and protect the legacy of moms lost by girls and young women.

You can vote – once a day, every day until November 30 – by clicking the link below! Thank YOU for believing in us and in each and every motherless girl we will touch.

Remember, each person can vote one time per day through November 30, so make it a daily practice! We’d be so grateful for your daily vote and your Facebook share. Coworkqc #coworkqccontest
https://docs.google.com/…/1FAIpQLSdRYnlBButG39F3eG…/viewform

Passionate Change

We are all change makers. Whether we’re researching cures for cancer, raising a family or showing kindness to someone – what we do, and how we do it, can create change in our world.

I’m often inspired by the change makers around me. They encourage me to dig a little deeper, and press on for change. Change that I feel is important and necessary.

Typically, we become passionate for change based on our own personal experiences. Emma Yang, a 12 year old, is a prime example of this. Read her inspiring story here.