Wednesday, February 13, 2013

12 Key Powers of Motherhood + Book giveaway


In 2010, I saw that the Power of Moms website was having a writing contest for a book they were going to publish. On a whim, I decided to enter. After all, they were asking for submissions about motherhood. Right up my alley! Much to my delight, I was very surprised to find out that they liked what I had to say and I was going to be one of the authors in their book - Deliberate Motherhood: 12 Key Powers of Peace, Purpose, Order and Joy

No Way! I am published in a book!
*insert dancing and jumping up and down and screaming around the house*
So as you can imagine, I am a little excited to share this book with you :)

{The proof! I am even in there more than once! I had to make this picture large you know!}

The 12 powers explained in the book are: Acceptance, Love, Patience, Individuality, Intention, Progress, Balance, Priorities, Organisation, Fun, Optimism and Moments. 

Each of the 12 'powers' shared in this book is to help you on your motherhood journey. The great part about this book is that you can chose to focus on reading one chapter/one power a month and over the course of a year you can apply all twelve powers to your home and family. Or you can open the book at any page and read about the many personal experiences shared from 60 different authors on motherhood. I am delighted to be among the collection of inspiring women who lend their words and heart to make up this wonderful book.

This is a book that is written by women for other women. It is not a book written by a professional who has many qualifications and no children about motherhood, it is a collection of varying mothers who are stay at home mums, single mums to professional women working all talking and sharing what motherhood means to them. The experiences are real, they are honest, they are inspiring and they are heart felt. 

All the authors have one common goal and that is to be a deliberate mother. A mother who really thinks about what you do as a mum and also a mother who wants to learn and grow and develop yourself as a person through the experience of motherhood. In other words you live life purposefully. You embrace what you uniquely bring to your family and try to become the best you can.

As a mother who is passionate about motherhood and an author in this book, I naturally want everyone to read it and benefit from the wisdom it contains. So, to help as many people as we can, The Power of Moms and Seven Cherubs are giving away 50 copies of Deliberate Motherhood: 12 Key Powers of Peace, Purpose, Order and Joy. Yes! 50 copies! Woo Hoo! 

As we want to make this as easy as possible for everyone, we have decided to giveaway 50 digital copies of the book. That way we can simply email you and you can download it to read in your own time and leisure. I am really, really excited to share this wonderful book with you and hope that you will enjoy it as much as I do! 


To enter use rafflecopter below:

{Open worldwide. Winners will be notified by email. Winners must contact me within 48 hours of email being sent out to claim prize. Prize is one digital/ebook copy of Deliberate Motherhood Book by the Power of Moms.
There are 50 available to win.}

112 comments:

  1. This book looks really inspiring Naomi, thank you so much for the opportunity to win invaluable guidance from other mums xx

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  2. I love that this book is simply written by mothers .... The powers I'm feeling now are individuality and acceptance ..... I'm loving the individual that I am and the mother that I am right now and accepting that this is me .. finally after all these years and then I'm also enjoying the progress and that's been hard when you have estranged children. I'm learning to love and enjoy the adult children that I have at home and being a mum to them.

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  3. Acceptance is what I need now- I need to accept certain things about my 3 year old. Things she is going through that will be resolved in time. Nothing too serious, just inconvenient... I need to accept that I can't control everything and I need to let go. I would love, love, love to win a copy of this book!

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  4. I always need way more patience, especially right now because I am so tired and this makes my patience even shorter. I'm trying. I'm always fascinated by all the words of wisdom by the ladies associated with the power of moms. this would be a great read.

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  5. oh wow! well done! I love those power of mom ladies april and saren so I know I will love this book! The only power I need is Organisation!!!!!!!!! People assume I'm organised but I'm a night before person:)

    thank you! awesome giveaway
    Corrie;)

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  6. At time you can feel so lost as a parent, with 3 children, one with aspergers acceptance, balance and priorities I often struggle with, any words of wisdom in these areas is always benefical. Thank you for the opportunity to try and win a copy of this book!

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  7. What great timing.......I'm in some big need of Optimism right now ;)

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  8. This book looks great and just what I need at the moment. Congratulations on getting your pieces published!!

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  9. I need patience and balance. Life has gone a little crazy in the past 3 weeks with the unexpected death of my father and I certainly need some words of wisdom to help me get back on track.

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  10. I'm in need of some fun! !

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  11. I need balance. This year has and is my year for balance. All my life I have been all or none. This year I am focusing solely on balance. Balance in health and balance in mind... I know it will take time but I know with time I will have both and be a better and more whole person and more importantly mother!

    I can't wait to win this book ;o)

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  12. To start, I need patience, balance and organization!! This would be amazing!

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  13. sarah fraserFebruary 14, 2013

    I need to work on taking a step back and enjoying the busy life we have. Enjoying the little moments

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  14. I love the sound of this book, I think I most need Optimism, Patience and Balance at the moment!! Love what you do and how you do it. Thank you.

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  15. I need all the help I can get with my mothering sometimes :-)

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  16. I need more optimism, I think i can I think I can...

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  17. I really need to concentrate on the power of patience this year. With an increase of paid work days, boys who are getting older and with more commitments and the importance of finding that 'right' balance of family and exercise in my life, patience will go a LONG way!

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  18. I need patience right now Naomi. My son has Aspergers and he is so loving and beautiful but very tiring too....ty for the chance to win a gr8 book

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  19. I love the title of this book! So many of us go through just winging it, how can we be more deliberate??? Sounds inspiring.. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  20. I love that this book is written by mothers! I need a bit of patience and organisation that would be wonderful , I'm sure my family would appreciate it too ;).

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  21. I would love to win this amazing book. I am trying to become the best mother I can for our 3 Korean adopted children. I am trying to be more patient, along with other goals I'm working on. I love that this book is written by mothers telling real stories. Thank you for the opportunity to win ~ Julia

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  22. Organisation is something I need! lol Congrats on being published! :D

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  23. I always need patience. It is something I am working on each year slowly, but it still needs a lot of work!

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  24. Right now I could really do with the power of organisation. I feel I'm stuck in a rut and finding it hard to get motivated and organised in our home life.

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  25. Patience and optimism is what I need right now... for about 3 weeks now my darling 2 year old has decided he doesnt want mummy anymore and only ever wants daddy. He crys whenever I pick him up instead of his dad. Its breaking my heart and everyone is telling me its a phase and to be patient but its really hard!!

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  26. Peta Jowett February 14th 3013 (cant log in for some reason)

    I need acceptance and FUN. In the routines of life I often forget to have fun with my kids!!!Its sad!!but true. and isnt that what kids really want to see...mum and dad having some 'kid like' fun with them? I need to read this book :D

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  27. Priorities. I hate to admit this but I cant remember the last time i sat down and played with my almost 2 year old daughter. I've gotten caught up between trying to run a household, housework, studying, and extra curricular activities. She deserves better and it is now something i am working on but I would love this book.
    its_the_one_you_love@hotmail.com

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  28. Love, Patience, as things at home are not so good and we fight so much about the children and there being naughty i need more patience as mine have run out and i need my hubby to Love,and be Patience as its making things a lot more difficult

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  29. Great giveaway, would love to have a read of this.

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  30. Optimism and fun is needed here, it's too easy to get bogged down by the responsibilities and forget to have fun. Kay

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  31. Organisation: that is what I'm needing right now. I have just left work to stay home with my four kids after working for the last 6 years. I went back to work so that my husband could stay home with them and have some time at home. Now it is my turn again. But I am finding it soo hard to get everything done in the day. Lunches made, house cleaned, dinner ready at a normal time, homework, activities, birthday parties etc..... I wish I had some magical powers sometimes........

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  32. I always come back to patience ... I can work on the other ones as I find them more "tangible" and easier to measure. Individuality would be helpful too as I have such different personalities to mother and it is hard striking a balance between the way they want to do things, and the experiences they need to have to grow.

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  33. Congratulations Naomi, this is very exciting for you!!
    One of my dreams is to be published in some form, so I can imagine your excitment.
    I love that it is a book written by Mothers for Mothers.
    I have my fingers crossed that I win a copy.
    Can I ask that you blog about your days at home now your kids are all at school please? - ie a day in the life of Naomi.
    My baby of four is at part time school this year and I am already feeling a bit lost. I can only imagine next year when all four are at fulltime school.
    Like you I have lots of plans, but the adjustment is going to be big and having time to think about me is exciting but also daunting. I am already stressing about which direction I want to take work wise and for me.
    I would love to hear more about your journey please.
    I hope you are enjoying your days :)

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  34. Congrats Naomi!
    Being a fulltime working mum with three kids is could definitely use some balance... It all just gets too much sometimes...
    Can't wait to read the book :) xx

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  35. For me it is patience and for a different reason. I am having trouble getting pregnant and have to be patient with the process of trying to become a mother. It's really hard watching everyone around you falling pregnant straight away and complaining it took them 3 tries to get pregnant....... But in the meantime I am trying to develop and work on qualities that I think make a good mother.

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  36. Oh Naomi!! Congratulations!!!
    I totally need to focus on patience, balance and optimism. Doing the dance around with PND has made optimism extremely difficult lately... xx

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  37. Would love to win. An interesting read :-)

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  38. Organisation would be greatly appreciated merely due to a breastfeeding baby that mixes up day and night Lol.

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  39. This book looks amazing!! Right now, I'm desperate for some organisation! I have a 6yo at school, a 4yo at kinder, a 2yo in daycare two days a week and I work from home running my own business. I need to get organised!! I need to plan meals better, plan after school time better to fit in dinner prep and homework one-on-one time, plan food shopping days better, plan my business better... the list goes on!!

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  40. At the moment i could definitely use some optimism...i am the biggest pessimist i know. planning a huge move interstate next month so trying to organise it is difficult being so far. i am from a large family of 10 kids and am moving back to be close to them as our sons need them and their influence as well. congratulations on the book very exciting

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  41. Definitely patience...wears thin at times!!!

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  42. At the moment i could definitely use some optimism...i am the biggest pessimist i know. planning a huge move interstate next month so trying to organise it is difficult being so far. i am from a large family of 10 kids and am moving back to be close to them as our sons need them and their influence as well. congratulations on the book very exciting

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  43. At the moment i could definitely use some optimism...i am the biggest pessimist i know. planning a huge move interstate next month so trying to organise it is difficult being so far. i am from a large family of 10 kids and am moving back to be close to them as our sons need them and their influence as well. congratulations on the book very exciting

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  44. I need patience...I have 3 under 3 (twin boys and a little girl) and I am spread just a bit thin in that department.

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  45. a touch of everything would be nice. xo

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  46. As a mum of 4 boys, it looks like the bible I need to help me get through day to day

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  47. By mums for mums sounds like a winner!

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  48. I need to work on a few of these qualities at the moment. I have 6 kids, so patience and organisation are my big ones. My 16 year old son has just been diagnosed with ASD (finally!)and his homeschooling can be trying at times.Four of my other children go to school, including my 9 year old daughter who has Type 1 Diabetes, so I need to be very organised. Right now I am looking around my house and wondering if it will every be organised so I guess I have to add acceptance to the list. Accepting my circumstances and being happy regardless. I love the sounds of this book. Mums need to see that there is no one right way to mother our children. All of our lives are different and all of our children are different. I think we all know this in our hearts, we just need a reminder sometimes.

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  49. Right now I need patience as I anxiously await the day when I will have cherubs of my own.

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  50. How exciting for you Naomi, and of course everyone who gets to read your words of wisdom.

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  51. I need more fun. I'm overwhelmed by 2013 already so have invoked my organisation ability among other things, but at the expense of Fun Mum. My kids are noticing :(

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  52. I need patience. I have a 15 month old, a 35 month old and an injured foot. Need I say more?

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  53. Looks like a great book - bit hard to choose as there are numerous ones that I need to improve on - being fun, intentional, prioritising etc. Think I would choose fun to start with.

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  54. I need patience with my three children at the moment.....

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  55. Patience, patience and more patience! :(

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  56. I need organisation power. Now that my big girl is in Kindy we need to get better at being ready five days a week. I also need to be more organised when it comes to dinner. Sometimes 4 o'clock rocks around and I have no idea what I'm cooking everyone.

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  57. I need to work more on the "fun" I am a control freak so am always thinking about what needs to be done.... but am working on stopping in the moment more often and taking the moments I have with my kids

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  58. Patience, always need more patience, not sleeping properly and patience don't really go together!

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  59. I think I need to work on quite a few things, but spending time with my children and helping them to know and feel that they have a soft place to fall, and to feel truly loved. I have found motherhood extremely hard, for many reasons, one being severe depression and I have had a very hard time connecting with my children. Luckily, a mutual friend of ours put me on to your website, when I was going through a really tough time, and I will always be grateful to her for doing that. It's nice to know that other mothers have felt the same way, and that I'm not alone.

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  60. Exciting! Congratulations.

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  61. I really need balance and with that I am hoping patience can come too!!! So tiring being a mum to 3 girls in so many different stages in their lives and requiring different needs, whilst still promoting fun and love into their daily routine and then do my own demands for work, fitness and own health also... Because of all the demands and different hats that I wear it does get very tiring, which in turn promotes less patience... With balance and organization - I am then hoping to not be so tired and needed and therefore instill a less tired, impatient mother...

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  62. Patience. I didn't even have to think twice about that one. As my kids are getting older, life is getting considerably busier and more structured. Where I used to be flexible, now I'm on a timeline, and my ability to be patient and let the kids do things for themselves, or enjoy the things they want to. More patience in my life would be not telling my son to hurry up every three seconds. Or allowing him to run up and down the hills on the golf course on the way to school.

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  63. I definitely need more patience! The book sounds great, thank you for the give away.

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    1. My boys are pushing the boundaries at the moment, so I need more patience to be a loving example.

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  64. Hi Naomi:) I loved your words of wisdom at the Power of Moms retreat last year and just wanted to say congratulations on making it into the book. I love to read your blog and I'm so greatful that mothers like you have the courage to share the ups and downs of motherhood. We are all striving to be the best mums we can be and having help, ideas and reassurance definitely helps me. I have 3 boys who really test my patience - they it is very amusing when mum has to go to her room for time out!! Thanks for sharing

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  65. If i dont win it i will most definitely be buying it. I had very little guidance to pull from and at 30 with 3 little ones i know i still have growing to do. I love being stay at home mom but there are days I wonder if I am doing it right and in the most beneficial way for my children. Thankyou for putting this up, every bit helps in motherhood.

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  66. Love your work Naomi! Congratulations for being so talented & inspring as a mother. I would love some more power of patience & fun. I love being a fun mum & I am always looking for inspiration. We will have 2 big brothers very soon to a little girl and they would love you for some extra patience power I'm sure. 3 under 4 will no doubt have it challenges but I'm certain it will be a fantastic motherhood journey Xx Thanks again

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  67. Melissa HoveyFebruary 14, 2013

    Sounds like a really great read. Congrats on being published!

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      I need patience at the moment! I am about to start toilet training child number 4 who is 2 1/2 and am due to have baby number 5 any day now!

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  68. Felicity G - I need organisation - 2 boys under 2, a fiancé who works 430am and not home til 630pm. I go about everything curerntly like a headless chook :o)

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  69. I need energy and organisitaion

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  70. Jacalyn Willard-MartinFebruary 14, 2013

    What I need right now is patience. With my children AND with myself. Sometimes I need to remember that motherhood isn't a goal you attain when everything's perfect - it's a journey you have to take each and every day.

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  71. Love reading your blog and the book looks great, congrats on being published. I definitely need more organisation power :)

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  72. Patience and organisation are something I'm struggling with at the moment, so I'll be very interested to see what some other Mums have to say!

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  73. Of a mother of four (5 and under) I need more love of home duties. It's struggle to stay on top of the house work and when I do have time I lack the desire to do it. Some days I just want to watch tv.

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  74. I could do with balance and organisation. As a single mum and full time uni student I struggle to achieve balance in my life. Think this is due to my lack of organisation!!

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  75. I need to get organised!!! I am trying but I'm still failing, thanks for the give-away Naomi :)

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  76. I think right now I probably need the power of optimism. I feel like PND has me well in its grasps today, and I need a bit of optimism to get me out!

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  77. OH I REALLY need to read this book. I need Patience (never has been a virtue of mine), I desperately need Organisation and I need the ability to put everything into perspective.

    I really hope I win and a HUGE congratulations to you Naomi on being published.

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  78. Patience!!!!!!!!!! I neeeeeeeeed it NOW! LOL

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  79. Naomi, you are a real inspiration. With Motherhood and families under attack it is lovely to read your blog. You have a marvelous gift in expressing your thoughts and feelings. I'm so thankful that you share it so passionately and well.

    I need to work on patience.

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  80. brilliant work! I could do with prioritising better.....

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  81. I would like to feel more balance in life so I can accept the busyness and be able to prioritise everything my family and I need.

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  82. Marcia CoventryFebruary 17, 2013

    I first heard about the Power of Moms on Shawni's blog(71 toes)I'd love to read this!

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      Oops I hit submit too soon.
      I'd love to gather ideas from other mothers I need new strategies. Feel like I'm drowning at the moment...

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  83. I need patience more than anything at the moment - I have 5 kids in 5 years (2 sets of twins) and between school run and homework and after school activities whilst dragging along a 2 year old and 8 month old twins my patience becomes non-existent. I can't wait to read the book.

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  84. Fantastic , love to read it

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      patience dealing with twin almost 3yr old boys

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  85. LOVE!! Can always do with a wee bit more love :)

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  86. Sounds like an awesome book I could pass onto my sister who is due with her first bub this year :-)

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  87. I have heard of this book & Power of Mums. I would love the opportunity to read a copy. With a tween & teenager, I need all the help I can get right now!

    Jos xx

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  88. I definitely need balance right now. Balance between home and social life and/or me time. I am a SAHM 24/7 at the moment. I am usually out of the house for no more than 8 hours per week including weekends so I think I need balance to get myself out there. It's hard but something I'm willing to work on.

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  89. Megan MerrettFebruary 27, 2013

    Congratulations on you publishing success! I need organisation - in every facet of my life, home, mind, for my self and my family! I have the grandest of plans and the minimalist of motivation - I feel that if i could just get my **** together and organised we would all be in a much happier place!

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  90. I'm very much in need of some patience right now! As a mum of two (very full-on) kids under 4, and also suffering severe sleep deprivation, its something that is in short supply.

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  91. Tolerance and understanding......to deal with some people who are in my life at the moment.

    Corinna W

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  92. I would love to win a copy. Patience is something that I always need to work on but I also think Balance would be nice too. I give so much to my kids that I need to start looking after me too as well.

    Thanks Elise.
    elisebrindley@gmail.com

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  93. Courage, to get through the day, Patience for my entire families sanity and organisation for it to all work together :)

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  94. Patience, I could always use a little more of that. Tolerance and courage are also high up there as well.

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  95. Priorities: I need to spend time playing with my children, not just watching them while I do something else.

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  96. I need intention~ to finish things I start. Begining with a new workout routine, eating healthier (the whole family I need to be optimistic as well, in the sense that I CAN do it! Also need some balance and to rethink my priorities. Thanks for the opprotunity to win such a great reference!

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  97. Patience: My almost 3 year old can be trying as she explores her individuality and develops her own ideas but boy do I need to step back and breathe once in awhile!

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  98. I need to see my children as individuals and parent them as individuals - not as a collective unit.

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  99. Man I need so many of them!! But I would have to say I need intention, following through on things that I start.

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  100. Patience... patience, and more patience. I need to learn to take a deep breath outside the room before entering, and to use each situation as a learning situation and not a reaction situation! Ashley Kendell

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  101. I soo need patience right now. With two boys at home, some days are really crazy and my patience is completely gone way to early in the day.

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  102. I would say balance and patience. I need to enjoy the moments with my little ones and not get so caught up in want needs to be done.- Samantha

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  103. I feel bad admitting that I need all of them":( I'm truly working on patience... I have 3 girls 3 and under :)

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