Happy Parenting: Intentions

Have you created an intention for how your day will go and for what you truly feel is important… most important in a day?

By Michelle Ghilotti

I have – I continue to – and I’m finally feeling like I’m working smarter not harder.

It’s been a while that I last wrote to you but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been thinking about you or everything that goes into what we all do on a regular basis to keep ourselves and our kids alive (ha ha). In fact, I’ve been doing exactly what you’ve all been doing; parenting, working which includes writing my book and unfortunately dealing with health issues still that are preventing me from moving as fast as I’d like. By the way, did you get the memo that “old” starts at 37? I didn’t.

Anyway, trying to keep humor is one huge intention as is making sure that I keep over-sized 3M post-its all over my walls to write my intention(s) for the day.

My most recent and reasonable mission as it pertains to the writing of my book how to be a walking Momtra (for more info check out my site) as well as writing the Parenting Series albeit short is to write more often.  A little in parenting may not go a long way but it definitely does the trick when writing, it really does. Especially if its something useful yet inspiring like I hope this is.

Have you ever written down your intention or Momtra and carried it in your wallet?

That’s your next task. We all know the work-life-family balance is a crazy one but focusing on what you really want really does shift things for the better. In my opinion even slight shifts are cause for fiesta. My mission is to constantly be improving my family life and Momtras are definitely one way I do that.

I’ll share mine with you:

I easily make time for genuine listening during dinner, five minutes for laying with my child before bed every night and I consistently bring in more peace in my life so I can grow closer to those most important to me.

Type & cut it up something like this:

I easily make time for genuine talk

during dinner, five minutes for

laying with my child before bed

and consistently bring in more peace

in my life so I can grow closer to

those most important to me.



Place in wallet or in side pocket of your hand or work bag.

Read it once a day in the morning. Call it setting yourself up for success and giving yourself a smile before heading off your separate ways.

The fun part of folding it back up and putting it in your wallet is that you’ll get random glances during diaper, banana, goldfish or bottle of wine-buying.

How to be a walking Momtra: Use reminders. Think about what you want to have versus what you don’t want to have…

Enjoy yourself. Namaste.





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About the Author: Michelle Ghilotti Mandel is a writer, certified yoga teacher and graphic designer running her own heartful design and branding studio, ghilotti ink, for over 10 years. Michelle is writing the how to be a walking Momtra book (blog: http://howtobeawalkingmomtra.wordpress.com/) and is a guest blogger for Happiness Series, the Elephant Journal, tinybuddha.com and the powermob.com. When she’s not grooving with any of the above, she is running (usually to yoga), sleeping on the Great Wall of China, becoming an expert in expat living and, surprisingly, not making many other plans. She keeps a 5 x 4 foot canvas entitled “The Things that Make Me Happy,” which she is happy to announce will never be finished. She lives in Los Angeles with her five year old son and husband. Michelle’s blogging for Happiness Series about Happiness, Motherhood, finding a balance in life, and having fun!

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