It’s been a few years since Love Your Mayhem was first published as an ebook. It feels like a lifetime ago, and when I recently reviewed and edited it again before releasing it in paperback, I was forced to remember the beautiful, messy, chaotic life that is no longer my reality. My little women have grown, our day to day lives have changed drastically, and although life can still be chaotic, and is frequently hilarious, it will never be like that again.
I have two teens and a tween now. I’m living through an entirely different type of mayhem. And when I look ahead, I think it’s likely that my next book will be about letting go, and finding my way through the mid-life years.
I think I’ll call it Trekking the Mid. I won’t promise that it’s coming soon. Who has time to write in the midst of an epic trek?
Here’s the fresh, redesigned version of Love Your Mayhem (click on the image to purchase on Amazon):
And here’s a little excerpt:
I’m on a quest. I long to be a peaceful, loving mama, filled with patience and humor and quick to expel all things that make my soul feel sticky and gross. I want to be a peacemaker in the world. I want to be a peacemaker in my world. Is it possible? Am I simply a hopeful, idealistic sap who thinks we can all live happily together in the chaos of daily life, when the outside world is indifferent and often cruel? Can our home be a safe haven always? And can I accomplish this by loving the heck out of my mayhem and being constantly thankful for my three little women and the chaos they bring? Yes. I think so. If it doesn’t work, we can’t possibly be worse off for trying. My quest may continue indefinitely. This little book contains my notes from the path. It isn’t at all serious. It won’t make you feel like a failure as a parent, and it is not a book of instructions. It’s lighthearted encouragement to keep on giving your best, to laugh at your mistakes and to forgive yourself and your kids along the way. Maybe we can love this life together, not with perfection achieved, but in a real live messy human way, with ups and downs, falling and failing, and getting up and taking flight.
If you’ve already read it, would you mind heading over to Amazon and leaving a review?