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Feature May 2009

May 9th, 2009 · Da Vinci's Muse for Moms, Featured Musings, Home

Born in the Midwest, I have had a very challenging life from childhood. As an adult, I have had various jobs: I have worked as a nurses aid, as a waitress, owned a Surf Shop and a Tanning Salon, but through out those experiences I did not find that inner calling. It was when my first child was born, it was in that moment that I knew what I was here for: I am a Mother above all things. I cannot describe the feelings that go through you when your child is born, overwhelming happiness and a feeling of being satisfied, complete.

Since my first child was born in 1998, I have stopped working outside of the home. Since then, I have found a passion in writing and have had two more children (even though the doctors said it would not happen). Now life is somewhat chaotic at times.

If you are like me, you’re constantly getting pulled in every direction from meeting deadlines to baking cookies for your child’s soccer game, not to mention doing your wifely duties of cooking, cleaning, and “trying” to keep everything in order (Not). By the end of the day, you probably collapse into bed only to relive the same day tomorrow. While you’re taking care of everything and everyone, you have probably put yourself on the back burner. Is there anything you can do to bring calmness to your crazy life? The list below is what I have learned to do to keep my sanity and, as for Motherhood, fortunately, I would not trade it for anything.

I do realize that life is short, so I strive to live in the moment.

I have learned to express my spirit in everything I do from my relationships to my work.

I do have to remind myself that even when the world hands me a lemon that I can take that lemon and turn it into lemonade.

And that we must nurture ourselves, each other and the world around us.

Do you feel like your overworked and underpaid, under appreciated, unsatisfied, or feel like your life is slipping away? Sometimes, I do. Do you feel so stressed out that you feel like you’re going to pull your hair out and scream to the top of your lungs? At times, I feel that way. What I do is try to find the joy in my life whether its in my spouse, my kids, a fun hobby, with my work, or fixing up my home, reading, or spending time with my friends. One reason I think we fail to find the joy in our busy lives is because it seems we have not mastered the skill of truly being us. I feel once we have mastered the skill of truly being us, all of your worries and stresses will eventually fade away to reveal who we truly are- strong women who can take on the world and (figuratively speaking) do the laundry at the same time.

And so, I know its important to take time for myself. Take time for you. Remember you? For me, I was the crazy girl who loved to take bubble baths and jam out to Journey on my cassette player . I am the girl who used to eat chocolate chip cookie dough, I am that girl that loved to pick dandelions and makes wishes? I can still be that girl, and you should be that girl. Take five minutes (at least) everyday for you- even if you have to lock yourself in a closet or bathroom to listen to your music or eat cookie dough- do it every day.

Learn how much you can take and have balance in your life. Your family and others may think you can work and do like a super hero, but you are, after all, human. Know your limits, and know how to keep everything perfectly balanced. If you feel yourself getting weighed down, either let go or rearrange some things in your life to give you the balance you need.

Focus on your physical and sophisticated strength. Physical strength means bringing out the best in everyone, while sophisticated strength has to do with how you act and feel. Both of our strengths comes from what drives us, what encourages us, and what gives us pride and joy. For me, being a mother gives me pride and joy and gives me the physical and sophisticated strength I require on a daily basis.

~Lynn Luther

Lynn Luther is a woman, wife, mother of three, freelance writer and on-going contributor to Muse for Moms.


Fairy Tales and Children’s Stories…

April 3rd, 2009 · Da Vinci's Muse for Moms

If you need easy access to over 70 fairy tales and children’s stories you can download for free, check out the site TonightsBedtimeStory.com.


Feature March 2009

March 30th, 2009 · Books, Da Vinci's Muse for Moms, Featured Musings, Home

REFLECTIONS: Women’s Mythology, Fairy Tales and Stories
By Stephany Lane Yarbrough

Is there a mythology for women that tells us about who we are as women? What types of fairy tales and children stories are there for young women? Do these stories reveal truths about the nature of womanhood? Globally, are there stories similar running through all cultures? Let Da Vinci’s Muse know what you think about these questions.


What are your favorite fairy tales and stories? A list of over 70 fairy tales can be found on TonightsBedtimeStory.com. Click on Stories to get the list. A fabulous site for Moms to access all types of stories for reading to their children at sleepy time. I fell in love with The Tale of Peter Rabbit after reading and recording the story for Tonight’s Bedtime Story.

The ones I remember though, from a very young age, were, of course, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty and Little Red Riding Hood. Later, in elementary school the books of Nancy Drew written by Carolyn Keene, Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House on the Prairie and, my most favorite, C.S. Lewis’ The Chronicles of Narnia, were the Collections I enjoyed to read. The adventure, the seeking, the simplicity, created for me a world of possibilities as a girl. As a matter of fact, I still have those Collections in a bookcase, as well as Morning Is A Little child by Joan Walsh Angland, dedicated to the Robert F. Kennedy Children, (see complete works by Joan Walsh Anglund), and also J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.

For those of you who may be collectors of The Hobbit or recordings by my father Glenn Yarbrough, or John Huston or Theodore Bikel and others, here is a rare album The Hobbit. So if anyone still has record players…

When I asked my mother what were the stories she remembered, we both laughed after she mentioned the stories she liked and I said they were the same as mine. Perhaps, it would be interesting to ask your mother what tales or books she remembers and see if the same books stand out for the both of you or if there are ones you have not heard of before. Even today, my mother loves to read J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter . Though she has a brain tumor on her brain stem and sometimes her memory is unforgiving, she does thoroughly love reading these books and is quite impressed by J.K. Rowling’s ability to write and create such imaginative stories.

A year after I graduated from The Union Institute and University in Psychology: Human Development through the Life Cycle (Boundaries of the Mind: Creativity and Identity Development ’91 which will be published in the near future with the title “How to Be the C.E.O. of Your Own L.I.F.E. Boundaries – The Necessity for R.O.L.L.S. with C.O.F.E.E. A Handbook for Young Women of All Ages”), a book that I read and which still stands out for me today is the impressive work titled, ” Women Who Run with the Wolves”. Written by Clarissa Pinkola Estes, also a Union Institute and University graduate, as well as Jungian analyst, a Cantadora, keeper of the old stories, Women Who Run with the Wolves addresses, with profound insight, the multicultural mythology of women and “helps women reconnect with the healthy, instinctual, visionary attributes of the Wild Woman archetype.”

Or for those who enjoy listening to audiobooks, below is a link to her audiobook, Women Who Run with the Wolves a “new enhanced edition of the original underground classic by Clarissa Pinkola Estes, Ph.D., features rare interview excerpts with this internationally acclaimed Jungian analyst and cantadora. First released three years before the print edition of Women Who Run with the Wolves (Ballantine books, 1997) made publishing history (more than 2 million copies sold worldwide), this landmark audio probes the instinctual nature of women through world myths, folktales, and commentary. Through an exploration into the nature of the wild woman archetype, Dr. Estés helps listeners discover and reclaim their passion, creativity, and power.”

In Chapter 10 of Women Who Run with the Wolves, “Clear Water: Nourishing the Creative Life”, an extremely pertinent chapter discussing the creative life of a woman, Pinkola Estes writes, ” …a woman’s creative ability is her most valuable asset, for it gives outwardly and it feeds her inwardly at every level: psychic, spiritual, mental, emotive, and economic.” In this chapter, she tells the stories of La Llorona, the Little Match Girl and The Three Golden Hairs. These three stories illustrate the cycles of life for the creative woman. If you have not heard of this book, I would highly recommend taking the time to read or listen to it. This work is a masterpiece.

For Clarissa Pinkola Estes most recent works, click here: Clarissa Pinkola Estesor click the images below.


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Da Vinci’s Muse would love your contributions!

January 14th, 2009 · Da Vinci's Muse for Moms

Da Vinci’s Muse is going to have a Forum for Mothers in the coming months to share information with each other. Let us know what you’d like to share and also what you would like to hear about…

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