Ongoing Series #MomsWhoShine Tara Michener
#MomsWhoShine is a series about moms who have some kind of talent. The series was inspired by Dad of Divas Dads in the Limelight.
share what makes you shine)
author and I am a counselor who operates a private practice. Professionally I
speak a lot at conferences, seminars and I go to schools on a regular basis and
present author presentations. Personally I love to spend time with people. I am
that lady who is always at a coffee shop fitting in special time with those I
care about. Recently I began making time to focus on my gratitude journal. It
has been eye-opening to see how many great things are wrapped in to an ordinary
day. Some of my findings are a peek of sunshine on an otherwise cold day, a
person who stops to open the door for me, even my child saying a new word that
he won’t repeat when prompted.
one. His name is Cannon. He is an energetic little guy who seems to love his new
found mobility. He loves to smile and he enjoys giving people hi-fives. My
husband (my hubistrator) is a full-time mechanical engineer and he loves me a
lot so in his “spare” time he illustrates my books for me (hence the title,
home is not so normal but we are building the best routine we can with what our
lives allow. Typically my husband will get Cannon up and have some fun time with
him (which varies from play to reading to a quick view of Daniel Tigers
Neighborhood), Husband feeds him breakfast/gets him ready and he either takes
him to daycare or he spends the day with me if I am having a work from home day.
Cannon and I make sure that we pack the day with activities like autumn nature
walks, library visits, bookstore story times, and we are beginning toddler art.
I just bought egg shaped crayons and learned how to make finger paint (for
those times when I am feeling brave). On work from home days I have a baby
sitter spend a few hours with Cannon and sometimes I get work done during his
naps as well.
a mom? baby hugs and kisses are the best. When my little guy smiles at me or
calls me mommy (which he just started doing) I feel very blessed.
clients at night and/or on the weekend and miss a milestone or two. Another big
challenge is keeping things tidy and organized. My home is less than
pristine) home all of the time for tv times with girlfriends, coffee and dessert
nights, etc. I love any excuse to entertain and I have let go of obsessing about
everything not being in tip top shape. I also schedule exercise time for myself
daily. I have been doing this since March and I have been consistent with my
fitness goals and luckily I have lost 60 lbs. I also schedule coffee dates at
Barnes & Noble because they have a child friendly environment that works for
since becoming a Mom?
children as a counselor and author that focuses on kids but my own kid is my
greatest teacher and his lessons can not always be found in a textbook. I am a
life-long student at the University of Cannon Michener.
you have received and who gave it to you?
articles. Pinterest has been a great giver of advice in terms of activities
kids are so unique to our own families. I guess if I would say something across
the board for a mom I would say, even if it is for a few seconds think about
something funny that your child has done to make you laugh. It softens our
hearts and brings us into the reality that we have a guaranteed person in our
life to make us smile even when we are trying to be serious.
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