Friends inspire me, especially when they make me laugh out loud on a regular basis. The last couple of weeks I have been reading Jen Hatmaker’s book, “Of Mess and Moxie” and I haven’t laughed this much in awhile. She has five kids and her life is far from perfect. The thing that inspires me is that she rolls with life in such a way that it gives the rest of us permission to not only mess up, accept that we are all doing the best we can, but also find away to laugh about it. What a concept in a world of rampant perfectionism, especially in the realm of parenthood.
One of my favorite lines in the whole book is when she describes the importance of having girlfriends that don’t take life too seriously even when your kids screw up big time. I believe she refers to it as not believing this time is just “too precious” that we hold our kids to impossible standards. I would love to quote her, but I already gave the book to my girlfriend who fits this description. We all need these people in our lives not only to make us laugh, but give us perspective when we begin taking life too seriously.
Last week, while trying to make plans with said girlfriend she texted me a side note that her neighbor had just stopped by to complain about her porch lights. Apparently, he doesn’t like the fact that they are on a motion sensor and he felt the need to share his opinion with her. I told her to tell him that she had a ghost and while she had tried to exorcise it, she hadn’t had any luck. She responded, “I told him I run a brothel and that’s how I signal the men that we are open for business.” The point is we can’t take life too seriously.
Besides reading Hatmaker’s books, I regularly follow her on Instagram and I will be forever grateful for her post on drinking champagne while doing laundry because, really, laundry stinks and what are we waiting for?
So, get out your china, the fine crystal, pour the champagne, start reading Hatmaker’s book and let’s mate socks together.
Sunshine & Sarcasm,
Lowi & G