First time in New York – check.
The chance to put faces to names, and meet the people I have been emailing and conversing with for months – check.
Fully engage and connect with an organization that I have been consulting for over the past few months – check.
The opportunity to meet some incredible women, hear some heartaches and heartening stories – check.
Yes, this past weekend is a weekend to remember. It was pretty much a sorority house, but with mothers so we were more tired. It was leadership and community training without the trust falls. It was a bonding experience without the kumara by the campfire. It was Mom-Mentum’s Leadership Council Retreat.
My first exposure to Mom-Mentum was on a personal level. By the time my only son turned four, I thought I had this mom thing under control. Consistent schedules, quality time niched out, a semi-healthy work-life balance. Enter the birth of my second son and everything seemed increasingly challenging. I was overjoyed, but completely unprepared and beyond overwhelmed. I felt like I was drowning in the ocean of responsibility and was just too darn tired to swim.
On a mention of a friend, I decided to attend a Mothers’ Center open house in my neighborhood. When I walked in, I immediately felt at home.
Happy chatter in the background, moms sharing their own personal motherhood stories.
It was truly a melting pot of all moms representing different stages of motherhood, family make-up, work status, and parenting styles coming together for a common purpose- to connect, to share and to support each other.
Since joining Mom-mentum, Toledo’s Mothers’ Center, and its subgroup, Executive Momma, I’ve gained valuable friendship, heard powerful speakers empowering me to find my own voice as a woman, and a trusted community to share the emotional highs and lows of our nation’s most important role, a mother.
Life is easier when you’re part of a network of friends and family, a neighborhood, a Mothers’ Center Group. I have learned to stop googling answers to my mom questions, and turn to my sisters in my group. When the daily drudgery of the working mom grind is drowning me, I can count on my group to re-energize, refocus, and recharge my spirit. There’s just something about knowing you are not alone on this island that feels powerful and life a little more doable.
I’m drank in the Mom-Momentum Kool-Aid and now that I experienced the Leadership Retreat I’m asking for seconds. I’m a complete believer that this one organization can provide hope and resource to all mothers. I feel it’s truly a privilege and my calling to serve as a Mom-mentum consultant with the mission to assist in creating and building Mothers’ Center groups in other communities.
Working moms, stay-at-home moms, and everything in between.
Small towns, big cities, and all neighborhoods.
One and done and large families.
Kids in school, or moms still changing diapers.
A Mothers’ Center Group is for every mother. An accepting, welcoming, and non-judgemental group by mothers for mothers. A supportive group environment that promotes empathy, interaction and cohesiveness; encourages growth, and fosters the building of relationships. We provide leadership, education, and advocacy to support mothers in meeting today’s personal and professional challenges. Mom-mentum and Mothers’ Center groups are a lot of things, to me it’s my life preserver.
I invite all of you reading this who don’t have access to a Mom-mentum Mothers’ Center Group in your community, to consider creating one. It is really is SIMPLE, and I can help you with every step! Mom after mom kept saying, “I wish I knew about this sooner.” “This completely changed my life.” Mothers who participated twenty plus years ago saying, “I still talk to my girls from my Mothers Center Groups.” The group founders forty, yes forty years ago were at the retreat still spreading the culture, still saying that every single mother should have access to a Mom-mentum’s Mothers Center Group. I couldn’t agree more, so what are you waiting for?
Join forces and live beautifully,