Day 21 (30 Days of Gratitude)

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Day 21: The Good Mother Project

I could write a novel’s worth of words about this amazing thing that became part of my life. I don’t really know what to call it other than a thing because no word seems to fit well enough to describe the never-ending positivity that The Good Mother Project (“GMP”) is creating in the world. I guess “project” is a fitting term as it continues to grow into an ever-changing, momentum-building, epic adventure; who knows what it will end up as.

Eran, who is the creator and mastermind behind GMP, and I met initially when I hired her to take professional photos of our family.  After our first photo session, we seemed to keep popping back up and into each other lives in a variety of different ways, including family-friendly community events, etc., and also when we both joined the same book club, where we discovered we shared some mutual friends.

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Aside from being an amazing source of support and inspiration for mothers (new and old), myself included,  everywhere, GMP has also allowed me personally the opportunity to meet new friends, get out of the house once and while for a great cause and, most importantly,  rediscover my passion for writing. In fact, it just so happens that a recent essay I wrote is featured today on The Good Mother Project’s website. You can check it out here.

The Good Mother Project has become a global movement of sorts: debunking the myth that motherhood is amazing 100% of the time. Squashing the preachy, judgmental sanctimommies, stopping them dead in their tracks, and instead, encouraging and uplifting moms to support each other.

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As I mentioned above about getting out of the house, I was lucky enough to attend the unveiling of Eran’s first official photo series at a reception last night.  You can read more about it (and check out the gorgeous, unpretentious images) here but I will also tell you a bit about it now too.

As a way to keep herself busy over the summer months when her photography business (and life in general) is a little slower paced, Eran (with the help of her uber supportive husband) came up with the fantastic idea to do a photo series project on motherhood. But not your typical, superficial mom-and-baby, “life is wonderful 24/7” kind of shoot.  She wanted to do something that showed the real side of motherhood. The side that isn’t discussed as openly and freely.  The side without make-up and filters and pretend emotions. The side that is hard, raw, honest and amazing.

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The women who responded to her call for participants and the ladies she ended up choosing are all amazing in their own, unique way.  The only thing I can say that they all have in common is their genuine willingness to lay it all out there, good, bad and everything in between.  The Motherhood: Unfiltered photos are currently on display at The Birch Tree in Delta. If you are in the area, you MUST check them out.  You will most certainly be glad you did.

You can check out a clip about The Motherhood: Unfiltered at the link below:

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