Expectations of a Mom and a Writer…

  1. Erica says:

    Great message today Jennifer!!

  2. Did you just hit me with the paddles? I’m so glad you started this blog – I can’t remember: was I breathing before I read this? I suppose I must have been but the breathe is sweeter now. Thanks for taking us on these journeys with you.

  3. Jen, Expectations. What about the ones others expect of us. If you want, you can always send me pages to critique or bounce ideas off this old lady who only has great expectations for you.

    • jennifer121 says:

      So true. There are so many expectations from others that if we don’t concentrate on doing what we need for ourselves, we will get lost. As for the offer, I am going to take you up on it again. I really need another eye on this novella before it goes to the editor – knee deep in revisions. Will forward it over so you can take a look if you take time???? Thanks for being such an important support system for me.

  4. Kimberly says:

    Oh you poor thing. Did you really freak out that bad when Jake went to school? better question…did Ray get video? lol just kidding.
    Really liked this post. Very easy to relate to the expectations of life and the realities it delivers instead. 🙂

  5. I ditto Janet.

    Send me what you like!

    (And I do not extend this invitation to just anyone !)

  6. Wendy Marcus says:

    Great post, Jen! You really make me think. Sometimes, our expectations can set us up for disappointment, personally and professionally. I’m glad your boys, and your husband, haven’t let you down!!!

    • jennifer121 says:

      Oh, I have been disappointed a bunch of times by my expectations, but it’s part of the package. Do you know how many times I have lost my temper during family vacations because I EXPECTED fun, and got tears and whines and chaos. I remember one time yelling at the top of my lungs “Mommy and Daddy spent a lot of money on this vacation and we are going to have fun or you will be punished!” I need a family therapist…

  7. Liz says:

    I try to keep my expectations at an even level though sometimes that’s really hard.

    The Dali Lama taught me this through one of his books. He tells a story how he was at gathering where he was receiving people and there was a large Buddha statue behind so he saw a couple start down the aisle with flowers. He prepare himself to greet them graciously and accept the flowers pleased and happy. They walked by him and placed the flowers by the Buddha statue. For a moment he was disappointed but then laughed to himself how pompous he was to think that the flowers were meant for him.

    That’s not to say I don’t look forward to stuff.

    • jennifer121 says:

      Love that Dali Lama story – that is the principle of what I strive for. I practiced meditation and yoga practices for years, and it always amazes me how pompous I am when I don’t mean to be! Thanks for stopping by.

  8. Theresa says:

    Jen even though I am not a mother I know if my child was going to kindergarten for the first time I would be the same for sure. Expectations even though I am in my 40’s my expectation is that my prince will come to me and we will live happily ever after, I know that is not reality and I know to be married you have to work at it. So you are def on the right track for sure. Love reading your blogs keep up the good work. and I hope I made sense lol

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