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Book Review: The Mother’s Guide to Self-Renewal: How to Reclaim, Rejuvenate and Re-Balance Your Life

Posted May 14 2009 1:19pm

As author Renée Peterson Trudeau notes, “Having a baby changes you on a cellular level. How you see, feel and think about everything in your life—relationships, career, spirituality, success, friendships, love—changes. You have joined a club that has a lifetime membership, and you’ll never be the same ‘you’ you were before baby.” Of course, this is all wonderful, but also a little sad, especially the last line—“you’ll never be the same ‘you.’” Many women feel they lose a part of themselves when they become mothers. That doesn’t mean they don’t adore their children or love being moms. They wouldn’t trade it for the world! And yet, it’s also natural to miss the woman they once were. Did she disappear or is she just buried beneath all the “mothering stuff”? Trudeau says, “Sometime between sleep deprivation, toilet training and homework, the question who am I now? will surface for just about every mother.”

If you’ve been wondering lately where your true self went, I have the perfect book for you: The Mother’s Guide to Self-Renewal: How to Reclaim, Rejuvenate and Re-Balance Your Life. This is Renée Peterson Trudeau’s year-long plan for rediscovering the woman you were before you had children. Chapters include:

Month One: Motherhood and Identity: Reconnecting with Who You Are
Month Two: The Transformative Power of Self-Care
Month Three: Creating Your Personal Support System
Month Four: Managing Your Energy: Setting Priorities, Saying No and Asking for Help
Month Five: Good Is Good Enough: A Mother’s Mantra
Month Six: Let Your Light Shine: Owning Your Personal Power
Month Seven: Unleashing Your Creativity
Month Eight: Outrageous Living: Reclaiming Adventure in Your Life
Month Nine: Changing Relationships: Staying Connected
Month Ten: Motherhood as a Spiritual Journey
Month Eleven: Reclaim Your Life: Strategies for Balance
Month Twelve: Being Present and Remembering What Really Matters

Chapters provide guided journaling exercises, a self-renewal tip for the month, action steps, recommended resources, inspirational quotes, and plenty of stories and sound advice from Renée, a career and work/life balance coach. If you’re feeling as if life is passing you by or you’ve lost your identity while you’re on the treadmill of motherhood, The Mother’s Guide to Self-Renewal is the antidote. This life-changing book will help you to rediscover your passions and the core of what makes you you, while still embracing your cherished role as a mother. Visit www.ReneeTrudeau.com for information on the book and Renée’s Personal Renewal Groups, and to sign up for her newsletter. The Mother’s Guide to Self-Renewal is also available on Amazon.



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