So, I made the Today Show, and it was a huge accomplishment for me.
As a writer, a mother, a “mompreneur”, and a self-proclaimed educated, intelligent, respectful human being who desires to write a book one day and empower others via speaking gigs (Phew! That’s a mouthful!) — making the Today Show was, needless to say, extremely exciting for me.
It was kind of a goal that I had set for myself, as is being published by the numerous other larger media outlets that have so graciously shared my words and my work over the past year and a half I have been blogging.
However, I never expected my Today Show debut to be an article featuring an image of me and my “mom bod” on full display.
Did I share the image and the article with the hopes it would be chosen as a feature? Of course!
Did I expect it to be picked? No way!
In all honesty, for me, I wasn’t too proud of this article concerning it’s writing prowess. Still, I was confident in the message, which was and remains to be completely authentic, and that is what I think is resonating with people.
What is the overall takeaway?
That nothing is more beautiful than a body that houses your heart — the one inside of your body and the one (or ones) that will forever live outside of it.
Since my article was shared by the Today Show, I have been reached out to by a few other media outlets to republish the piece.
I am thrilled about this.
Yet, what excites me even more, is that other women (and men possibly) are being inspired to put themselves out there, just like I did.
AND, even closer to home, my children are learning via Mommy’s example that hard work, persistence, vulnerability, and owning your imperfections, well, that will all aid you in getting where and what you want in life (and yes, a possible feature on Today).
For me, I love that my words are reaching the eyes of more people, but I also very much understand that the closest eyes on me — the ones in my own home — are the ones I should be most concerned about.
I’ve written about embracing your imperfections.
I’ve also written about persistence.
And, I often write about the importance of having a sense of humor, in parenting and about life in general.
And, THIS, all of this — embracing who I am, belly jiggle and all, consistently working hard, and finding myself laughing out loud instead of crying when a member of the general public comments on my “fluffin’ by the muffin” — is the type of example I want to set for other women, moms, and for my three children.
Life is full of ups and downs.
It is full of rejections and successes, like this viral one for me.
BUT, without thick skin and embracing your mistakes and inadequacies (real and perceived) — and knowing that you are a better, yes, I said better, final product because of them — life would be a lot less fun and growth-provoking.