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"Welcome to Mommy Magic! An interactive community of real moms, founded by a real mom, to give support and tips to make the chaos of motherhood easier and more fun! I am Mary Susan, an author, a columnist, a life coach for moms and a I have Mommy Magic TV segment too! Most importantly, I have three beautiful (and very busy) daughters! I am a real mom managing the daily insanity of motherhood just like you!"

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Motherhood: A Marathon, Not a Sprint!

There is a reason why in an airplane, they tell mothers that in the event of an emergency, they should secure the oxygen mask over their own mouths first, and then assist their children. It might seem selfish, but if the mother is gasping for air, how in the world is she ever going to have the right mind to help her child? Not to beat a dead horse, but if we as moms are healthy and happy, we have a better chance of guiding our children and family in the same direction. So with that, the “Mommy Magic” here is to treat motherhood as a marathon, not a sprint. Take lots of water breaks along the way and take care of yourself!

What are some of the ways you find to take care of yourself and recharge your battery as a mom?


Dare To Dream

Most people spend more time and energy planning a two-week vacation than they do establishing a vision for their own life. Take me, for example: I spent more time planning our family trip to Disney World than I did studying for any college exam. There was so much to figure out! I had to decide where to stay, map out the monorail schedule from the hotel to each theme park, get Fast Passes for various rides (and time them with the precision of a military operation to ensure that we’d have enough time, after using the Fast Pass for the teacups ride, to race across the park and use our Fast Pass for Mickey’s PhilharMagic). Don’t even get me started on how you have to call three months ahead to get a seating time for Cinderella’s Breakfast in Cinderella’s Castle. Don’t get me wrong—I love taking my kids to Disney World. I’m truly awed by the magic they create. But my point is, shouldn’t we invest at least as much time and energy planning our lives as we do planning a family trip?

Believe it or not, there will be a day that we are not slinging hash all day for our kids. It might sound like an eternity away, but there will come a day when there are no more runny noses, no more diapers, no more coloring books. And when that day comes, we, as moms, will have to face ourselves. The question is, will we like what we see? Odds are, if you haven’t taken time to dream, and to pursue your own passions—even when your kids are still young—the answer might be no.

Do you have a dream or passion that you would like to take time to explore? If so, what is it?


Mommy Humor

So here is a bit of mommy humor. What is mom humor or humor on motherhood, you ask? Well, it is funny and not funny all at the same time. Can you relate? One of my favorite topics for mom humor is talking about perfection. Of course, perfection is an illusion. Some women have trouble admitting that trying to “appear” like everything is perfect isn’t exhausting. Other women make a career complaining about how tough motherhood is day in and day out. In my opinion, the magic is realizing that there are moments of perfection. Each day is a balancing act and some days are easier than others. On the “off” days we cannot beat ourselves up. Instead, we have to count the 2,250 things we did right that day, instead of the 2 things that we did wrong and of course, have a good laugh about it as well!
Share 3 things you did RIGHT today and celebrate them!! Would you share/blog about them now with others?


Having a passion and a life’s purpose is what gives us the energy to get out of bed each morning. As moms, we often forget to identify our passions outside of motherhood. It is important and critical to identify them, own them and cultivate them. My passion has always been writing – I love it, especially writing books. What better way to feed my passion than to write (which I love) about motherhood (which I do) and have humor about it (which saves my sanity). So here I am, like you, trying to feed what gives me energy. I hope you enjoy my mom humor and my take on motherhood. Most of all, whether you are a WHAM (work-at-home-mom) or not, hope you connect to what excited you outside of motherhood. Afterall, I am a just an Indianapolis Mom who is trying to pursue her passion. I hope you do the same. Whatever that might be, CHEERS TO YOU!

Trust Your Gut

I know it to be true that God gave women the gift of intuition. We know something to feel right or wrong in our gut. And I’ve learned that as women, especially as moms, we must trust our intuition, especially when someone or something is telling us NO, and everything in our being is telling us the opposite. Always listen and trust your gut and don’t take no for an answer! Where there is a will, there is a way! As women, we must learn to trust that inner voice, that intuition that tugs at our gut. It is real, and it is powerful, and so are you!

Do you trust your inner voice? If so, how did you learn to do that? If not, why not?