A Fresh Perspective on Mothering: Mindset for Moms (and a Giveaway, too!)

The following post is by editor Kara Fleck.

First of all, I have to admit to some bias in this review: not only is Jamie C. Martin a friend of mine, she is also a mother I admire and look up to.  My copy of her first book, Steady Days, is a well worn and rarely makes it back to the bookshelf.  I am encouraged by her writing on Steady Mom and Simple Homeschool as well.

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Not only that, there have been moments in my life where it was Jamie’s kindness and wisdom, either through a  sentiment written on her blog Steady Mom or a through a word of encouragement exactly when I needed to hear it, that have buoyed my spirits or helped to turn a bad day around.

So, when Jamie announced that she had a new project in the works, something that expressed her heart for moms, I knew that it was going to be good.

I was wrong.

It is fantastic! (Judging by the reviews the book has been getting, I’m not the only one who thinks so.)

Mindset for Moms: From Mundane to Marvelous Thinking in Just 30 Days

Mindset for Moms begins with Jamie sharing about her own journey as a mom and how her personal evolution took her from wondering if motherhood and life with young children was to be endured to firmly believing it is her dream job and calling.

Her circumstances didn’t change, but her attitude did.

Personally, I have had seasons of motherhood where it feels light, beautiful, and almost easy.  I have also been through seasons of motherhood where it feels like I am living just to get from one challenging moment to the next.  Those times are  lonely, hard, and discouraging, to say the least.

I am not a super hero, I am a human.  And this human mother admits that there are those very bad days when I wake up and count the hours until I can go back to sleep again.  It is all too easy to feel drained and even depressed.

Life shouldn’t be about merely existing or getting through the day.  This time in my life as a mother to young children is a blessing, but my attitude doesn’t always reflect the gift that this season is.

Not a Quick Fix, but Long-Term Change

Jamie’s writing offers a message of hope for those of us who find ourselves struggling, wanting motherhood to be something more than merely getting through the day with our kids.

It is not about putting on rose-colored glasses or never having a bad day or a negative thought.  Mindset for Moms is about changing your thinking so that you know what to do when, as Jamie says, “negativity comes knocking.”

Not only is Jamie’s advice encouraging, it is practical.  She knows first-hand how the resources of a mother are limited, especially when it comes to time.  Her words are simple to read and easily applied to real life.

This isn’t about a quick fix, this is about a long-term change.

In the ebook’s short, easy to read chapters, Jamie provides a 30 day road map that has the potential to be perspective changing, even life changing.

I have been reading a little bit each day and more than once I have found myself thinking over an idea Jamie writes about as I go about my day, the words lingering within me, and yes, even altering my thinking.

Mindset for Moms, for me personally, has come at a time when I really needed it.

Perhaps some of you are in the same place in your lives?

From the book:

“How would you like to find yourself thinking and feeling differently about your family, your self, and your future in just 30 days? A better life awaits – let’s go after it together!”

The Giveaway

Jamie is generously offering FOUR Simple Kids readers a copy of her ebook Mindset for Moms I’m excited about this because I know this book is going to have an impact and I’m thankful to get to share it with you.

The book is available in four formats:  for the Kindle, the Nook, through iTunes, or as a printable PDF.

How to Enter:

  • Simply leave a comment on this post telling me you’d like to win a copy

(note: if you’re reading this in a blog reader or via email, you’ll need to visit the Simple Kids blog to leave a comment)


This giveaway ends at midnight EST Saturday February 11, 2012. Winners will be announced on Sunday during my Weekend Links on February 12. Good luck! This giveaway is now closed.  Thank you!

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About Kara

Kara Fleck is the editor of Simple Kids. She is a small town mama, writer, knitter, bookworm, and hooligan. Kara lives in Indiana with her husband Christopher and their four children Jillian, Max, Lucy, and Amelia. You can find more of her writing at KElizabethFleck.com.

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  1. This ebook sounds inspiring! I’d love a copy. 🙂

  2. Wow! Sounds good! I’m just getting started on the motherhood journey (my boy is just 3 months old), so I’d like to get started with the right mindset early on!

  3. Thanks for this giveaway. I always avoided these for ebooks, but my husband got me a Kindle for Christmas. I would love to add to my growing collection.
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  4. What a great book! I’d love to win!

  5. I would love to read the book. I could use some inspiration.

  6. I would love to read this book. Sounds like a daily reading of momspiration!

  7. This sounds like a must read. Thanks for the opportunity.

  8. I would love to read this book – it sounds awesome!
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  9. I’d love to win a copy!!!

  10. This sounds great! I would love to win a copy.

  11. I have been feeling a bit burnt out lately, and this book sounds like just what I need.

  12. Erin Monaghan says:

    Im really interested in reading this book!

  13. Would love to win and find a neat resource to share with others.

  14. I’d love to receive a copy of this ebook! I’m nearing the end of my 1st trimester with my 1st child, and I’m hoping this will be a valuable addition to my arsenal of stuff-that-will-help-me-mentally-prepare-for-motherhood.

  15. Heather Lee says:

    Me, me! Pick me! I would love a copy…

  16. i would love a copy! 🙂

  17. This looks like just what I need! 🙂 Thanks for the opportunity!

  18. This book would be great for those days I feel like I’m in the trenches with my 2 little ones. Or those days when I feel envious of the moms that look like they have it all together 🙂

  19. I would love to win a copy of Jamie’s new book!

  20. We are adopting. This book sounds great!

  21. Yes! I want to win a copy! 🙂

  22. Perfect timing…I am pregnant with my second and getting increasingly tired and frustrated with my 2yr old. I want to appreciate it all but sometimes it’s really hard! I would love this on my kindle 🙂

  23. I would like to win!
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  24. I loved Jamie’s Steady Days (like you my copy has been well used)!

    I’d love a copy of her newest book! Thanks for your great post!! 🙂

  25. Of course I’d love a copy.

  26. Anything to make mothering better!

  27. Of course I’d love a copy! Who wouldn’t?!

  28. Erica Delgado says:

    Would love a copy!

  29. Brittany S. says:

    I’d love to have a copy!

  30. This book sounds like just the thing I need as I’m currently struggling through my days with a preschooler, n2 on the way and the recent loss of my father. I would really enjoy a copy. Thanks for the chance!
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  31. Would love to win a copy of this book! I have appreciated jamie’s blog. I am ready to burst with our fourth baby and would love some I inspiration and insight. Thank you!

  32. I really like the idea of making small changes to the way you think each day and how much that would lift your overall well-being.

  33. I would love a copy of this ebook!!

  34. I’d love to win a copy of the book. It looks great!

  35. I’d love a copy! Thanks for the giveaway!

  36. I’d love to win.

  37. Thanks for the chance to win a copy of this book. It looks like it’d be a great read for mamas everywhere.

  38. Melinda Garcia says:

    Pick me, pick me!! : )

  39. I would love to have this book! Thanks for the giveaway.

  40. I’d love to win a copy!

  41. Sounds great! I’d love a copy!

  42. Would love a copy! Sounds inspiring!

  43. I would be encouraged with a copy!

  44. I loved her first book and would love to read this!

  45. Fingers crossed! Thank you!

  46. This book looks great :o) I could definitely use a pick me up with my son entering the terrible-two’s!!

  47. Bethany Thornton says:

    I’d love to win a copy! A fresh perspective would be a great thing for this mama!

  48. This sounds like exactly what I need right now…having some tough days as a mother of two. Love my babies but really do struggle sometimes to get through the day happily.

  49. Crafty Mama says:

    I could use all the mommy help I can get! 🙂 The book sounds great!

  50. Would love to have my hands on a copy!