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As a mother of three, I know that being a parent is hard. It will take everything you have and then demand for more. Day in and day out you rise to take care of these beautiful souls you have brought into this world.

Their needs and wants fill your head all day until you begin to wonder if you have any thoughts of your own. They argue with their siblings and make messes left and right. You plead for quiet and calm and they respond with loud and chaos.

You begin to question your sanity and wonder if you can make it 5 more minutes without totally losing it. Then it happens. Bedtime has arrived. You tuck them into bed, kiss their heads, tell them you love them and wish them sweet dreams.

I see you there now, gathering your wary thoughts in silence and recapping your day. Wondering if you did everything right as a mother. Did you spend enough time with them? Lose your cool too much? Are you screwing this parenting thing up?

 

Every mother wonders these things. You are not alone! 

 

You check on your sleeping children and wonder how such calm and precious little faces can be so loud and demanding. They are so peaceful and sweet while they dream. It’s hard to believe hours before they were up running through the house screaming at their siblings and asking for their 50th snack of the day.

 

I’m here to tell you, you’re doing an amazing job! You’re wonderful, appreciated and loved. They may not see all that you do for them now, but one day they will look back and see that you always had their back. No matter what! You were there for them, cheering them on at school events, helping with homework and encouraging their dreams.

 

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Here are 50 Inspirational Quotes to remind you that you are an amazing mother and your irreplaceable love is one of a kind. ♥

 

1.) “A mother’s love for her child is like nothing else in the world. It knows no law, no pity, it dates all things and crushes down remorselessly all that stands in its path.” ―Agatha Christie

2.) There will be so many times you feel like you’ve failed. But in the eyes, heart, and mind of your child, you are super mom.  -Author Unknown

3.) “Finding balance as a mother means accepting your imperfections.” – Mary Organizes

4.) “A mothers’ joy begins when new life is stirring inside…when a tiny heartbeat is heard for the first time, and a playful kick reminds her that she is never alone.” -Author Unknown

5.) “A baby will make love stronger, days shorter, nights longer, bankroll smaller, home happier, clothes shabbier, the past forgotten, and the future worth living for.” -Anonymous

6.) “No language can express the power, and beauty, and heroism, and majesty of a mother’s love. It shrinks not where man cowers, and grows stronger where man faints, and over wastes of worldly fortunes sends the radiance of its quenchless fidelity like a star.” -Edwin Hubbell Chapin

7.) “A mother is someone who can take the place of all others but whose place no one else can take.” -Unknown Author

8.) “There is no way to be a perfect mother, but a million ways to be a good one.” -Jill Churchill

9.) “All mothers are working mothers.” -Author Unknown

10.) “Motherhood: All love begins and ends there.” -Robert Browning

 

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11.) “Behind every great child is a mom who’s pretty sure she’s screwing it all up.” -Author Unknown

12.) “Motherhood has relaxed me in many ways. You learn to deal with crisis. I’ve become a juggler, I suppose. It’s all a big circus, and nobody who knows me believes I can manage, but sometimes I do.” -Jane Seymour

13.) “Motherhood is wonderful, but it’s also hard work. It’s the logistics more than anything. You discover you have reserves of energy you didn’t know you had.” -Deborah Mailman

14.) “Most mothers are instinctive philosophers.” -Harriet Beecher Stowe

15.) “Mothers and their children are in a category all their own. There’s no bond so strong in the entire world. No love so instantaneous and forgiving.” -Gail Tsukiyama

16.) “A mother’s arms are more comforting than anyone else’s.” -Princess Diana

17.) “The hand that rocks the cradle is the hand that rules the world.” -W.R. Wallace

18.) “The fastest way to break the cycle of perfectionism and become a fearless mother is to give up the idea of doing it perfectly—indeed to embrace uncertainty and imperfection.” -Arianna Huffington

19.) “Successful mothers are not the ones that have never struggled. They are the ones that never give up, despite the struggles.” -Sharon Jaynes

20.) “Motherhood is a choice you make every day, to put someone else’s happiness and well-being ahead of your own, to teach the hard lessons, to do the right thing even when you’re not sure what the right thing is…and to forgive yourself, over and over again, for doing everything wrong.” -Donna Ball

 

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21.) “In the end…I am the only one who can give my children a happy mother who loves life.” -Janene Wolsey Baadsgaard

22.) “I believe the choice to become a mother is the choice to become one of the greatest spiritual teachers there is.” – Oprah

23.) “Mother love is the fuel that enables a normal human being to do the impossible.” – Marion C. Garretty

24.) “Sometimes the strength of motherhood is greater than natural laws.” – Barbara Kingsolver

25.) “One of the greatest titles in the world is parent, and one of the biggest blessings in the world is to have parents to call mom and dad.” -Jim DeMint

26.) “The heart of a mother is a deep abyss at the bottom of which you will always find forgiveness.” -Honore de Balzac

27.) “Motherhood is the greatest thing and the hardest thing.”  -Ricki Lake

28.) “The best part of being a mom to me is the unconditional love. I have never felt a love as pure, a love that’s as rewarding.” -Monica Denise Brown

29.) “Motherhood has a very humanizing effect. Everything gets reduced to essentials.” -Meryl Streep

30.) “Mothers are all slightly insane.” -J. D. Salinger

 

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31.) “Moms are life’s number one cheerleaders without uniforms.” -Richelle E. Goodrich

32.) “A mother is the truest friend we have, when trials heavy and sudden fall upon us; when adversity takes the place of prosperity; when friends desert us; when trouble thickens around us, still will she cling to us, and endeavor by her kind precepts and counsels to dissipate the clouds of darkness, and cause peace to return to our hearts.” -Washington Irving

33.) “The phrase ‘working mother’ is redundant.” -Jane Sellman

34.) “Youth fades; love droops; the leaves of friendship fall; A mother’s secret hope out lives them all.” -Oliver Wendell Holmes

35.)  “A mother’s arms are made of tenderness and children sleep soundly in them.” -Victor Hugo

36.) “She raised us with humor, and she raised us to understand that not everything was going to be great—but how to laugh through it.” -Liza Minnelli

37.) “Love as powerful as your mother’s for you leaves its own mark … to have been loved so deeply .. will give us some protection forever.” -J.K. Rowling

38.) “Whatever else is unsure in this stinking dunghill of a world a mother’s love is not.” -James Joyce

39.)  “Being a mom has made me so tired. And so happy.” -Tina Fey

40.) “I think every working mom probably feels the same thing: You go through big chunks of time where you’re just thinking, ‘This is impossible — oh, this is impossible.’ And then you just keep going and keep going, and you sort of do the impossible.” -Tina Fey

 

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41.) “I see myself as mom first. I’m so lucky to have that role in life. The world can like me, hate me or fall apart around me and at least I wake up with my kids and I’m happy.” -Angelina Jolie

42.) “You sacrificed for us. You’re the real MVP.” -Kevin Durant

43.) “There’s something that just happens to you when you have a baby, and you look at their little eyes for the first time when you’re holding them. They’ve been safe inside your belly for almost 10 months, and now they’re in your arms. Intuition kicks in, where you will do anything for them and you have all the tools inside of you to take care of them.” -Hilary Duff

44.) “If I’ve learned anything as a mom with a daughter who’s three, I’ve learned that you cannot judge the way another person is raising their kid. Everybody is just doing the best they can. It’s hard to be a mom.” -Maggie Gyllenhaal

45.) “There’s no such thing as a supermom. We just do the best we can.” -Sarah Michelle Gellar

46.) “A mother understands what a child does not say.” -Jewish Proverb

47.) “A mother’s happiness is like a beacon, lighting up the future but reflected also on the past in the guise of fond memories.” -Honore de Balzac

48.) “Each day of our lives we make deposits in the memory banks of our children.” -Charles R. Swindoll

49.) “To a child’s ear, “mother” is magic in any language.” –Arlene Benedict

50.) “Mother’s love is peace.  It need not be acquired, it need not be deserved.” –Erich Fromm

 

 

 

 

 

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What is the very first thing that comes to mind when you hear the word “introvert”? Is it outgoing, spontaneous, or being a social butterfly? Or perhaps, is it shy, meek, boring or my personal favorite, anti-social… Some of which may be true for a lot of people. However, I am going to be writing this article from my own personal life’s perspective on being introverted.

Let’s dive right in, shall we?

 

You see, Introverts are not always anti-social, shy, lazy, or boring at all. At least in my case, I do enjoy getting to know people and engaging in meaningful conversations. It’s the shallow “small talk” that I cannot and will not participate in long-term. It is just not who I am. I am not fake, conceited or above anyone else just because I prefer not talking about the weather or what’s currently trending… It’s because I flat-out do not care. That does not serve any purpose or value to myself, my life, my goals or my dreams. Upon meeting me, most people often find themselves perplexed and unable to read me. (Take a seat and join the club) I am not one to be easily read, if at all. That aside, I am one of the most simple and laid back people you will ever meet. Not a lot bothers me these days. In life, problems will always arise. However, it is very important to remember that you have the power in how you react to each of them. No one said this would be easy. Introverts especially have a harder time dealing with this, because over time little issues turn into really big problems if not dealt with accordingly. I would highly recommend taking it on a case by case basis, and not letting it bottle up. Advice, I too, am constantly telling myself. If you find it really hard, reach out to a friend or loved one for wisdom and guidance. 

 

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As an introvert and mother of three, I am often misread and accused of being overly complicated or emotionally driven. No, what I am is  extremely passionate about a lot of things. Family has and always will be my biggest love and passion in life. So, when approaching that with me, yeah, I can and sometimes will be overly complicated. My momma bear claws are always out when dealing with someones issues or opinions over my  children. That will always be a line no one wants to cross with me. “Introverted” would no longer be a word in my vocabulary at that point. 

 

“A mother’s love for her child is like nothing else in the world. It knows no law, no pity, it dares all things and crushes remorselessly all that stands in its path.”  ~ Agatha Christie

 

Turning my focus towards my goals and dreams in life, I have come to realize that being introverted isn’t a red flag or a stop sign at all. I have benefited from my introverted intuition far more than any opportunities missed because of any lack of exertion or fear on my part. I will be turning thirty years old in 2019, and in my nearly twenty nine years on this earth, I have managed to do a lot of great things. I have also burnt many bridges and friendships along the way. I have learned many lessons the hard way and I have rebuilt myself time and time again. Haven’t we all? Introversion isn’t a stigma. It can be used as a powerful tool. What I gather from my own introverted self, is greater depth when it comes to problem solving, looking outside of the box and seeing the bigger picture. Perhaps, even foreseeing potential issues long before they arise. Introversion gives many people an advantage in life. You just have to see it and believe it! I have also learned that there is no perfect time to start something, but I have learned that there are a lot of wrong ways of going about it. Over the past two years, I have really dug deep and have done a lot of “soul-searching”. Some of the things that I found, I didn’t particularly like. It first takes  identifying the problem, before a solution can be reached. What a revelation that can be!

 

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My point is being an introvert doesn’t make you weird or a loner, in the least. It doesn’t make you less desirable than those people who are highly extraverted. On the contrary, introversion with intellectual depth is quite attractive and it possesses strength, power and intuitive thinking that is essential in today’s world. Believe me, big successful companies do not have one single person that is sitting there and coming up with idea after idea, handling marketing and then executing them all by hand… No, no, no… There is a HUGE need for outside of the box thinkers. People who are great problems solvers and who are highly creative, intuitive and have a natural ability to connect with people on a level that actually matters. You just have to look deep inside and really think about what it is that you enjoy doing… What part of your introverted nature do you excel in the most. Then when you find your answer, take it and run with it. Show the world, babe! Show them that you’re unstoppable

 

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Here is an absolutely amazing link to an article titled, “10 Positive Affirmations for Introverted Women”  Please, give it a read! =)

 

 

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Everyone has a dream. You will often hear people characterize their dreams by how BIG they are. Well, I’ve never heard anyone say, “I have a small dream”. Dreams are just that…BIG! Each one special in its own way, and just as unique as the person it belongs to. The difference is in how you make them become a reality. What can you create from your dreams, and what is stopping you from getting out there and making it happen? 

 

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Never underestimate the investment that you make in yourself. Life will never get easier, but you will get stronger. In order to manifest your dreams, you must first be able to see yourself at the finish line long before you ever begin the race. Some may disagree, but optimism has a much greater track record for success than doubt ever could. Don’t let yourself get bogged down in the negatives. The “should’ve, could’ve, would’ve’s” will tear you apart if you let them. Compartmentalize your past mistakes and use them as tools to make better more informed decisions in the future. Life itself will always be your greatest teacher. Enjoy the lesson! “The road to success is always under construction.” – Lily Tomlin

 

*Embrace your imperfections. No one is you and that is your power.*

 

Your life is your story and you are the Author. Every single day is a blank canvas for you to create a beautiful new chapter. Yes, sometimes things happen in life that is beyond your control. However, you get to decide how you react and what you do next. Life goes on whether you choose to actively participate in it or not. I could come up with a list of excuses or justifications as to why I shouldn’t do something. Maybe you are waiting for that perfect moment. You know, the one where everything just magically falls into place. I hate to break it to you cupcake, but that moment does not exist. If you wait for life to become perfect before you ever take a chance, then you will miss every single great opportunity that comes your way. “Don’t be pushed by your problems. Be led by your dreams.” – Ralph Waldo Emmerson

 

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“You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.” -Maya Angelou

 

Do not wait for opportunity to come knocking on your door. Go out and create it! “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” – Steve Jobs  That is one of my absolute favorite quotes!

 

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Here is a great article that contains 50 quotes to motivate and inspire you.

 

I’m a sucker for reading quotes. I enjoy absorbing the great words and wisdom from people and era’s before me. Like many others, I am not someone who can come up with an amazing impromptu speech and public speaking absolutely terrifies me. I can, however, always come up with something better that I “should have” said or done. That’s life, right? Some people are better than others at articulating their feelings into words. For example, have you ever read something and thought, that’s exactly how I feel, but that sounds so much better than how I could have said it? It happens to everyone. 

 

“You are the books you read, the films you watch, the music you listen to, the people you meet, the dreams you have, and the conversations you engage in. You are what you take from these. You are the sound of the ocean, breath of the fresh air, the brightest light and the darkest corner. You are a collective of every experience you have had in your life. You are every single second in every day. So drown yourself in a sea of knowledge and existence. Let the words run through your veins and the colors fill your mind until there is nothing left to do but explode. There are no wrong answers. Inspiration is everything. Sit back, relax and take it all in. ~Jac Vanek

 

Let your dreams motivate you to create the future that you want to be a part of. Let your creativity shine. Find inspiration from others and become an inspiration to others. Life is a beautiful constant cycle. What are you going to do with the time that you spend in it?

 

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I’ll admit, I never thought I would be one to do a “What’s on my Phone?” blog post. But, hear me out. Today, there is pretty much an app for everything. Actually, there is an overwhelming amount of apps for everything. Have you ever searched for something and had so many possibilities pop up that you didn’t know which one you wanted. Perhaps, you downloaded a few of them, only to delete some of them moments later when you discovered that it wasn’t quite what you were looking for. I know I have! Tons of times. 

I’ve had people ask me before, how did I edit that photo, or how did I collage those pictures like that. Likewise, I have asked people how they got something to turn out the way it did. Its called helping others. If you have the knowledge and tools, it feels really great to be able to share that knowledge with others. It may not apply to everyone, and that’s okay. You have done your part. Now enough of all of that, and lets jump right in.

I have an iPhone X 256gb in silver. I was very skeptical at first with upgrading my trusty iPhone 6s, but so far I have had zero issues with the iPhone X. There was a lot of negative views focused around the notch at the top of the phone, and to be honest, I totally hated the idea of it. After owning this phone for two months now, I don’t even notice the notch. The case that I’m currently using is Apple’s iPhone X Leather Case in Dark Aubergine. It’s holding up nicely. Outstanding quality and durability. It’s worth the price, folks!

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Now, on to the apps…

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The top row is pretty much your basic apps that come with every iPhone. Camera, Photos, Calendar and the App Store. The second row, I have a small folder of my favorite apps that I use to listen to my music. I LOVE listening to music! All day, everyday. Music is always playing somewhere. I use iTunes Store, Apple Music, Pandora, Spotify and the other is SoundMoovz which is an app my daughter uses. I have the Apple Music Family Sharing that I use along with my husband and oldest daughter. It’s great for downloading unlimited songs and creating albums to organize them, and up to six people can share on the plan. I also use Pandora Plus, which I literally only use for its unlimited song skip ability. It’s worth every penny. Then, of course, I have my shortcut to my website – The Introverted Mommy. ♥ Lets go ahead and address the bottom row. We have Phone, Messages, Email and my Social Media folder which has, Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, LinkedIn, KIK, Snapchat, YouTube & Facebook Messenger. All of which are self-explanatory. *I have just downloaded the MailChimp app after someone suggested it.* I’m curious to see how much I like it. See how this suggestion thing works. Pretty neat, in my opinion.

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Here is where it gets slighty more crowded. We have settings, Apple Watch (I have the Apple Watch 2 and love it! I wear it daily!). Extra’s folder has the Compass, Voice Memo’s, Contacts, etc.. Kid’s folder has my children’s School/Classroom Notification apps. Second row, Games/TV folder has 8 Ball Pool (sorta addicted, not gonna lie), Redbox, Netflix, Vudu, etc. For the next folder, ~Blog/Edit~. I’ll have the blown up screenshot below so you can see it better.

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It has WordPress, PicSee (which I use the most for editing photo’s/memes), Collageable, PicStitch, (which is what I always use to collage my photo’s), and Whitigram, I use mainly for Instagram photo’s as it allows me to shrink the picture down with a colored border. Next is Personal apps, Capital One, Discover, PNC, MyFitnessPal. (Extremely helpful little app.) *You consume more calories on a daily basis than you might think!* Last on this row, now that I think about it, is similar to the “Extra’s” folder. It has Reminders, Notes, Calculator, Clock, Facetime, Blah, blah, blah…

Now, we have one of the more “fun” folders, IMO. Shopping!!! First is Ulta. I can and should write an entire blog post on Ulta. I love Ulta! I have saved hundreds of dollars and received so many free products in the process. Then we have apps like Sephora, Victoria’s Secret, Justice (I’m a mom of two girls remember) and Starbucks! Oh, Starbucks is another of my weaknesses. Like Ulta, Starbucks has a points system and you can earn rewards. For example…FREE STARBUCKS!!! Purchase certain drinks on certain days and watch the points and your free drinks add up… How awesome is that?!

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Wrapping this all up is Google Maps and Safari. I prefer using safari on my iPhone. For me personally, it’s easier to navigate and search my content quicker. Now, on my MacBook, I’m Google Chrome all the way! It’s all a matter of preference and what works best for you. I hope some of this information offers you an idea on certain apps that may meet your needs, or just something new to try. I’m always open to discovering apps, tips or tricks that might work better than my current setup.

Please feel free to leave a comment listing some of your favorite apps. Also, if you have a “What’s on my phone?” blog post, please list your link below! I’d love to read it! 

 

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“What if I fall?” Oh, my darling, but what if you fly? – Erin Hanson

 

Here we are, I have arrived! It’s all sunshine and rainbows from here on out. Nothing can stop me now. Well, the dishes in the sink and laundry that needs folding and putting away sure won’t do itself. (Insert sarcasm) SIGH… But, all of that will have to wait for now. 

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Hello, Introverted Mommies!

My name is Lauren. It’s very nice to meet you! A little about me. I’m 28, married to my loving husband, Daniel of ten years and we have three beautiful children. Our two daughters, Alina, Madison and our very rambunctious son, Caleb. They definitely keep me on my toes. Never a dull moment. We also have 3 very spoiled fur babies. Two female French Bulldogs, Lexi,  Zoe and one very grumpy old man Chihuahua, Papi. Who does not care for the Frenchies one. single. bit.

 

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I am thrilled to be joining the blogging community. This is something that I have been working towards for a long time. Better late than never! Being a person who loves doing extensive research on things that I am very passionate about, and at the same time understanding that the world is constantly searching for answers and people that they can relate to. I’m happy to begin this new chapter in my life and my hope is to inspire and encourage others as well in whatever stage they’re at in their lives, to take that first step. Some of the best things to ever happen to me came from stepping outside of my comfort zone and taking a chance.

Yes. I know. What a total cliché. But, its true!

 

I recently read somewhere that “you have to push yourself because no one else is going to do it for you.”  How true, indeed!

 

I guess what stops most people (myself included) from venturing too far out, is the fear of failure, rejection and the unknown. I would definitely have to agree that the unknown is not a comfortable place to be, and putting yourself out there can be quite unsettling for some, especially us introverted mommies. Good things take time and nothing in life ever comes easy. Whatever it is that you want to do, you can do it! Make that phone call, pick up that pen, dust off that keyboard. Reach for the stars!

 

“Be fearless in the pursuit of what sets your soul on fire.”

 

If its blogging that you’re passionate about, GO FOR IT!

And if in the beginning you find you’re only talking to yourself, no biggie.

We’re mothers. 

That’s what we do.

 

 

 

If you’re searching for relatable, real life content with humor, grace and humility. Then, I invite you to follow me and let’s be introverted mommies together. This is going to be fun!

 

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