Book Review: Be That Mom by Tina O’Connor
Canadian author Tina O’Connor provides mom’s with plenty of inspiration to change their lives for the better in her new book Be That Mom which is being released today.
Be That Mom promises to ignite the inner passions every woman has and help organize her life to make her home run more smoothly. Each chapter (and there are 12 of them) is filled with tons of great tips and tricks Tina has learned through her own experiences as being a wife and mother of three.
When I was presented with the opportunity to read this book, I jumped at the chance. As moms we pride ourselves in being able to keep things together. We put our families first and ourselves last. However, we may need a little help along the way and Be That Mom will certainly provide the guidance we all need.
Exercises are included in many of the chapters. They will help get you thinking about what you want out of life. Make sure you take Tina’s advice and do them, immediately! My favourite exercise is from Chapter 2: Planet Do It! where you are asked to develop a five year plan. In this exercise Tina asks you to “… be honest with yourself. This is about you and no one else. Do not limit yourself, or think about what it would take to possibly accomplish these things. Just choose the thing that feels good way down deep inside.” After completing my five year plan I felt invigorated. Make sure you work on your own five year plan, the results could be life changing.
Two other chapters really resonated with me. The first being Chapter 5: Communication – Time to Talk. Personally, this is one area where I struggle. Each person is unique and communicates in their own special way. Miscommunication is bound to happen. Tina says in her book, “building a solid team requires solid communication, something that does not always come easily.” Growing up my family was not into communicating, especially not effectively. Thus, I never learned how to effectively communicate myself. If something upsets me, I shut down. I retreat into myself and let the problem fester until I eventually explode. Throughout the book Tina indicates that you should write things down. If you have a journal, write down your thoughts and feelings there. If not, start one! I will definitely be taking her advice and starting my own very soon.
The other chapter that hit home was Chapter 11: Release Your Inner Girl. As moms we tend to put ourselves last on our list. We take care of everyone else before we tend to our own needs. This chapter outlines how we need to F-L-Y, first love yourself! We need to practice self-love by talking positively to ourselves, dressing for success, and watching for opportunities. My favourite quote from this chapter is, “If you respect yourself, you will make an effort to talk to yourself like you are the most important person in the world, because you are. You have the power to change how you feel about yourself just by using positive words to fuel your inner spirit. It’s time to start respecting YOU.” My take away from this is that you need to be your own best friend. Say to yourself what you would say to one of your closest friends.
Surprisingly, I was already following some of Tina’s tried-and-true tips. For example, I use a rewards chart for my children for things like potty training and chores. I try to declutter as often as I can (although the hubs sometimes gets a wee bit upset with me about that). And when I take something out to use, I immediately put it back after I am done with it.
Want to learn more about Feng Shui? Read through Chapter 9 and take notes. I have always wanted to learn about this ancient practice. I will definitely be doing more research into how to bring more positive energy into my home.
I would highly recommend Be That Mom to every mom out there. Whether you are struggling to find balance in your life or not. This book is a must have in everyone’s home library. Even if you aren’t a mom, everyone could take note of some of the amazing ideas Tina has to make your life and home a happier place to be.
Throughout the entire book I found myself laughing at Tina’s humourous anecdotes and nodding along in agreement to situations I could relate to. Tina’s positive attitude leaped off of the page. I felt encouraged to be the person I truly want to be and that I could accomplish whatever I set my mind to. She made me believe in myself. She is like the best friend you never had and always will have because of you now have her and her book in your back pocket.
To purchase Be That Mom: Ignite Your Passions, Organize Your Life & Embrace Your Family! by Tina O’Connor please visit Amazon.com. To learn more about Tina O’Connor and her publishing company visit her website bethatbooks.com.
Disclosure: I was provided a copy of the book Be That Mom for review purposes. The opinions expressed in the above review are my own and completely honest.