Last summer, I was introduced to a magnificent project: The Power of Moms. This endeavor was begun a few years ago by two young moms, Saren Eyre Loosli and April Perry, who wanted to connect with other mothers interested in honing their craft of mothering. What started out as a forum to share the ups and downs of motherhood has grown into a worldwide community providing support and learning tools such as seminars, podcasts, videos, essays, and book reviews– all dedicated to inspire mothers of all ages and stages. The original dream has grown in to an organization with a board of 32 outstanding women committed to providing “A Gathering Place for Deliberate Mothers.”
After hearing about this wonderful project, I knew this was something I whole-heartedly wanted to support. I met with April to see how I could be involved. I have to admit I was a little intimidated at first because it seemed that the majority of their staff and followers were in the young mom bracket. Would my services be accepted by those of a younger generation? But then I thought, “Hey– even though my kids are grown, doesn’t mean that my interest in motherhood has waned. Besides, we of the midlife set, have acquired lots of experience and reflection that is valuable in supporting the role of motherhood.” April agreed and so, in August, I came on board with The Power of Moms as a “Podcast Host.”
What is a Power of Moms “Podcast Host” you ask? In this role, I get to digitally create and broadcast each month on the web site, interviews with really cool moms focusing on the “Power of the Month” — a theme that enriches the mothering experience. Previous to this volunteer opportunity, I was only barely aware of what a podcast was, let alone know how to produce one. But April coached me through the details and another gal on the board, Lacy Anderson, takes what I record and spruces it up for a quality auditory experience. I am really enjoying this whole high tech interview process. Add another venture to my expanding resume in to the vast world of technology and social media.
This month, the topic of my interview is, “An Attitude of Gratitude.” I interviewed a high school math teacher and mother of three, Sara Sahagun, on how she instills an attitude of gratitude with herself and her family. Sara recently became widowed at age 45, and in spite of the trials this event has brought, she has never abandoned her appreciation for life and its’ ongoing blessings.
I invite you to tune in to my interview with Sara on The Power of Moms web site. It is especially appropriate for this season of Thanksgiving. As a mother and grandmother, I am thankful for women dedicated to the art of deliberate mothering.