Mar 14, 2013

What I'm Reading

Like all of you, I've been burning the candle at both ends this month. Charlie's medical challenges, Spring Break, rehearsals for a new show, art commissions, writing deadlines and weekly photo shoots are piling up and I'm desperate for a little quietude.

 So this month, I've been reading Nurturing the Soul of Your Family by Renee Trudeau. It's a wonderful book filled with all sorts of ideas and ways to simplify your life and focus on the things that really matter - namely personal interactions. The reason I was drawn to this book is this: while I understand how to create meaningful interactions with my family, I rarely have the personal energy and grounded stamina to do it. I'm always tired and a little discombobulated, which means that I often opt for a shortcut. Unlike other "how to help your family" books, Renee has hit on self-care for parents as a major component of family happiness.

In her chapter "The Transformative Power of Self Care" Trudeau defines self-care as "the art of attuning and responding to you deepest needs and desires." For me, a work-at-home-creative-entrepreneur-mama-of-two, this really resonated with me. Trudeau writes: Self-care is the foundation for becoming a courageous parent. It's not about pampering; it's about owning your personal power. It's about self-worth and owning the person you are. I believe this is our spiritual birthright.

 So this week I'm trying to put her words into practice. I want to show myself the same love, gentle care and compassion I offer my little ones.

You can pick up your own copy of Trudeau's book HERE.  
Or you can read her blog HERE.


Alison said...

That sounds like an amazing book. Thanks for the recommendation!

Dana said...

Sarah, thanks so much for sharing the wisdom from Nurturing the Soul of Your Family with your readers. Families are really seeking fresh perspectives and tools right now. So many of us are ready to drop old habits and patterns that no longer work and explore new ways of being. It’s good to know we’re not alone and are all this journey together! P.S. Every week we’re sharing excerpts, giveaways and articles from the book at if you’d like to check that out.