As a writer and a mother, one of my favorite blogs to go to for optimistic perspective is Kelle HamptonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Enjoying the Small Things. Not because she is always sunshine and rainbows; she is not, but she is always optimistic, though not in denial of the everyday challenges that life presents to all of us.
Her writing always serves as a reminder to me that no matter what is going right or wrong in my life, it is all about the perspective. It is not about the destination, it truly is about the journey.
We may not be able to choose what circumstances that life hands us but we can certainly choose how to react to the things that happen to us. KelleÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s blog reminds me of this with her well-crafted words, beautiful photos and by the love that is so evident that she feels for her family.
We all love our families, but not all of us are present enough to know in the moment that each moment, even the ones that seem that worst, is precious. It oozes out of her fingertips and onto the Internet and coats the world. Her optimistic energy is contagious and I like to catch her optimism at least once a week.
Kelle has recently written a book, Bloom: Finding Beauty in the Unexpected. I, personally, think Bloom is a must have for every person who has ever had a moment of doubt about motherhood, womanhood or the choices weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve made in life.
I promise you will walk away from this book feeling renewed in purpose and open to lifeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s possibilities. You will learn to appreciate and enjoy the small things in your life.
From all appearances, Kelle Hampton had the perfect life: a beautiful two-year-old daughter, Lainey, a loving husband, Brett, a thriving photography career and great friends. When she learned she was pregnant with Nella, her second baby, she and Brett were ecstatic. Her pregnancy went smoothly and the ultrasounds showed a beautiful baby girl. Life seemed as close to perfect as most could imagine.
When Nella was placed in her arms in the delivery room, Kelle immediately knew something was wrong. Nella looked different. Kelle watched as friends and family celebrated with champagne toasts and photographs.
Kelle was certain that Nella had Down Syndrome; a fear her pediatrician confirmed. Eventually, Kelle’s fear and pain were replaced by joy, as she embraced the realization that she had been chosen to experience an extraordinary and special gift.
Bloom will take you on a beautiful and raw journey through Nella’s first year of life. Bloom is a gripping, hilarious and poignant journey of transformation in which a mother learns that perfection comes in all different packages.
Bloom is a story about embracing life and really living it, of being fearless and accepting difference, of going beyond constricting definitions of beauty, and of the awesome power of perspective.
Bloom will give you the perspective to conquer whatever life might throw your way. I recommend that you do yourself a favor and read this book.
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