Foreward

Julie with Kids SepiaUnscripted Mom offers reflections on the unrehearsed, impromptu, improvised act of motherhood.  My goal is to offer comfort, motivation, inspiration, a good laugh or maybe even a good cry for all  to all moms who are writing and rewriting their motherhood scripts every day.

I want to hear from you! Your unscripted stories, your epiphanies, your joys and your challenges that you experience as a mother; a partner; a woman. Please feel free to share your comments, questions or varying points of view regarding anything you read in my blogs, facebook posts or tweets. Again, as I share my unscripted stories with you, I would love to hear yours as well!

FamilyI am currently putting the finishing touches on a book about self-care for moms, which I have worked on for the past several years.

The book includes voices of 400 mothers from across the country, who share their stories and insight about how they have or have not practiced self-care personally, relationally and professionally, and how their choices have affected them and their families. The book provides mothers with advice and thoughtful self-evaluations that emphasize both the challenges and the necessity of making self-care a priority while raising children.

As one mother explains, “I’ve had to realize that sacrifice is a normal part of parenting, but there has to be a limit. I must set boundaries and set apart time that is just for me in order to be a healthy enough person to parent well.” (Mother of two children, ages 17 and 8, married 12 years.)

Comments

  1. Ellen kula says:

    I am so excited to read the book. What a worthy venture. Thank you for your continuous words of inspiration and bing so transparent with your own life experiences.

    • Thanks you for your encouragement, Ellen! It’s been a great experience documenting my experiences along with the experiences of hundreds of other moms. Hoping that the book will be a useful tool for all moms!

  2. joy monro says:

    I know how much time, tears and effort you have put into this beautiful book and I can not wait to read it! I learn something valuable from you each time we are together. You are a terrific role model to your children and to all those that you surround yourself with. Here’s hoping for many successes that this book brings. You are a true gift and truly an unscripted mom! Love you!

    • Thanks, Joy! Couldn’t have done it without the ongoing support of my most amazing family and friends! I Throughout the process of writing this book, and observing and talking with so many amazing mothers (you being one of them), I have learned more about motherhood than I ever could have imagined. I am very excited to share all of the insight and wisdom that I received from others with the readers of Unscripted Mom!

  3. Great content on your blog Julie…keep it up!!

  4. 1507jojo says:

    Julie, I am so proud of you and all your accomplishments. I know you are a great mom and lucky for me a wonderful daughter. I will be honored to read your book.

  5. Stephanie Sprenger says:

    Jessica Smock pointed me in your direction- I can’t wait to read more of your blog, and especially your book! Congratulations!

    • Thanks, Stephanie (and Jessica :)). Your blog looks awesome! The main picture on your site (baby with food all over mouth with “that look”) says it all! Adorable! Thanks for reaching out!

  6. Your book sounds amazing and can’t wait to read it! I too have written a book — a memoir — that has to do with someone from my past reconnecting with me (hint: you knew him too). I’ll have to tell you more about it off-line. In the meantime, I’m so glad we’ve stumbled across each other and I look forward to following your blog and reading your book!

    • Thanks Emily! And congrats on your book, which also sounds fascinating! And yes, I would like to hear more! I am so glad that twitter karma brought us together–seems like we have MUCH in common and lots to talk about!

  7. findingninee says:

    Hey wow this is amazing and I truly can’t wait to read your book. And wow, I wish I met you sooner so that I may have had a chance at contributing. Regarding your earlier post at Bloppy and the Liebster? You’ve got it. Give me a few days to work up what to do with the post because gah. But I’ll mention you for sure and maybe just the very tiny part of the bloggies I know will come hear about your book, and your blog, too…

  8. Angela Ross says:

    What an amazing project and I can’t wait to read the book. There isn’t a mother around who doesn’t experience a myriad of challenges and emotions when dealing with one’s children………… your heartfelt collection of stories will be read with laughter and tears.

  9. How exciting for you! Go Minnesota mom writers, go! 🙂

  10. Douglas Cabrera says:

    Exelente idea. Señora.

  11. Hi:

    “Who do you think you are” needs to be changed to, “I know who you are. I know you are a good person who cares about and loves his siblings. When you pick on one of them, it seems like you are being insensitive and unkind. This isn’t consistent with how I know you feel about them.”

    I was so struck by the words you wrote today! Thank you for helping moms like me who struggle everyday to bring out the best in our kids and in ourselves.

    Thank you for helping us by re-word what’s in our deepest recesses of our hearts.

    God bless!

    • Thank you for your thoughtful comments. I really appreciate knowing that my honesty resinates with you, as it is somewhat scary to share my innermost thoughts, feelings and insecurities about being a mom. But my goal is to help other moms find comfort in knowing that they are not alone, and I am glad you felt that. Thanks for reading and commenting!

  12. I clicked over here from Nina – what an awesome site this is! Good luck with your book – I would love to read it.

  13. I can’t wait for you book! Self care is definitely something I’ve neglected but am working in changing.

    That last paragraph really says it all.

    • Thanks, Dana! 2015 is the year to finish it. That would actually be the ultimate self-care for me because this book is something that I have been trying to complete for years and it is going to take me being able to set clear boundaries in order to finish something that is very important to me and hopefully will benefit lots of other moms. I am so excited to be able to share this book with you and every mom who struggles with self-care (which is most of us). Thanks for the encouragement!

  14. Just read your post on Scary Mommy. I feel you sister and I am a decade behind you. I started a blog almost a year ago as an outlet for my inability to live in the moment with my kids as a SAHM. I think too much…about everything you wrote about. (Maybe I should try yoga?) Regardless, glad to see a post from a fellow Minnesotan. We’re practically neighbors. Anxiety and searching for the meaning of life on a daily basis must be in the water! Great post!

    • Yay! I am glad you found me! I will head over to check out your blog and depending on how far apart we are in MN, maybe we can meet in real life! What a concept :)! Thanks for stopping by to say hi! I love how interconnected we all are. And yes, it’s in the MN water for sure, especially in the winter :)!

  15. So glad to have found your blog. I’m about eight years behind you with two girls and two boys myself.
    Thank you for sharing and bringing some perspective to this journey.
    Jess

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