Episode 59: Juggling Modern Motherhood: A conversation with Melissa Divaris Thompson

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Modern motherhood can look like many different things, but there tends to be a few connective threads that aren’t often discussed. One is that modern moms from all walks of life are juggling a lot in their day-to-day. Another is that many of us aren’t prepared for the dramatic internal shifts that motherhood brings about.

 

Melissa is a therapist, mother, and co-founder of HonestMamas.com, an online space where moms can share their stories and get support through the unspoken parts of motherhood.  She talks about how she manages to keep all her balls in the air and what causes them to all come crashing down--how she prioritizes what’s most important and where her boundaries lie between business, mothering, and all the other demands in her life.   It’s a matter of presence and finding the gifts.

 

Resources Referenced in this Episode:

Melissa’s e-course, A Practical Course in Mothering Ourselves

 

Where to find Melissa:

EmbracingJoy.com

HonestMamas.com

Melissa’s podcast: HonestMamas.com/podcast

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Quoted in the Episode:

 Sometimes I feel ahead of the juggle and sometimes I feel like all the balls are crashing down on me.  And like, ‘Why am I juggling so many?’  - Melissa Divaris Thompson

Sometimes I feel ahead of the juggle and sometimes I feel like all the balls are crashing down on me.  And like, ‘Why am I juggling so many?’  - Melissa Divaris Thompson

 It’s hard when people say, 'Just be grateful for what you have.  Look at the bright side.’ and things like that. You know, I’m a therapist and I’m so attuned to not wanting to shut down other people’s feelings.  But, I think there is something so powerful when you yourself can come to that place of gratitude.  Like, this is hard and it may be crappy for a while or really challenging or exhausting or emotionally taxing, but what are the gifts in this?  - Melissa Divaris Thompson

It’s hard when people say, 'Just be grateful for what you have.  Look at the bright side.’ and things like that. You know, I’m a therapist and I’m so attuned to not wanting to shut down other people’s feelings.  But, I think there is something so powerful when you yourself can come to that place of gratitude.  Like, this is hard and it may be crappy for a while or really challenging or exhausting or emotionally taxing, but what are the gifts in this?  - Melissa Divaris Thompson

 “We all need more  white space  in our lives.  We need more unstructured, unplanned time. Time that is on our calendar not to get filled...whatever it is, we just need time that isn’t structured.” - Rebecca Wong   

“We all need more white space in our lives.  We need more unstructured, unplanned time. Time that is on our calendar not to get filled...whatever it is, we just need time that isn’t structured.” - Rebecca Wong

 

 “Part of the juggle is that we have to pick our priorities.” - Rebecca Wong   

“Part of the juggle is that we have to pick our priorities.” - Rebecca Wong