The tumultuous transition from working as a full-time teacher and resource consultant to becoming a full-time mom had taken its toll. Sleep deprived and flying by the seat of my pants, I seriously wondered whether I was up to all that motherhood demanded. I felt isolated, overwhelmed, and incredibly incompetent. A middle-of-the-night epiphany changed all that.
While walking the halls with a colicky child, I generated a series of subjects pertinent to parenting that I thought would be informative and fun to discuss with other moms. I created a flyer (this is before the advent of the internet, ladies) outlining a year’s worth of workshops, sent it out the following morning, and Fresh Perspectives was born. Each month this initial group of twenty-five met in my home to address a different topic about motherhood. Our workshops were dynamic, revitalizing, collaborative encounters. We each left with a reservoir of practical, parent-tested resources and inspiring fresh perspectives on both family and life.
Now, after more than thirty years of workshops, it is impossible to shelve all that kept us laughing and living with a measure of sanity during those challenging years. The satisfying solution, I concluded, was to get it out of my hands and into a world of women who could benefit as all of us had. Those who participated with me from the very beginning wanted our own children, now having children of their own, to reap the rewards of the incomparable Fresh Perspectives experience.
Amazingly, the material continues to remain as viable and valuable today as it was when it was first shared (with a few important updates, of course!). My hope is that this material could be the catalyst for creating the same magic that made our time together with our family particularly memorable.
Here’s to you, wonderful women!