If you’re on my email list (and if you’re not, get on it now–after all, you’ll get my free ebook “Balancing Life as a Muslim Mom“), you would’ve finally gotten an update where I’ve been…but, I must continue the story here since most of my readers are still focused on the blog.
As for my surgeries, mashaAllah, God has willed, many complications unseen by my surgeon of 30-years, but after much unexpected pain and suffering, Allah granted us a successful outcome and I’m on the road to recovery. Allahu akhbar, God is great! Being a pro at surgeries, even getting 2 in one-day since they were outpatient seem like a cake-walk…but, I choose only local anesthesia and being awake was…well…alhumdulilah done and over with!
So, rather than extend your du’a to me, I respectfully ask that you make du’a for my 12 yo who witnessed all the trauma with much maturity and steadfastness beyond her years!
All the medical staff thought she was at least 16 years old, as she prayed over my forehead, handed my medical card (allergies and medications), and answered questions repetitively to multiple medical professionals, while watching my body react terribly to the medications causing them to strap me down in front of her. May Allah continue to keep her on the straight path. Ameen!
You can imagine, I’m on a continued path to simplify my family’s life, and that was the opening Muslim Mommy Motivation Tip yesterday.
An outpouring of unexpected du’a via email
I made a pack with myself when I launched American Muslim Mom in 2009, that I wasn’t going to share my physical and neurological issues publicly on my blog. I’m extremely personal and private…and when I held my women entrepreneur, syndicated, columnist freelance writer and blogging business very professional, when I was diagnosed with my rare brain disorder I faced many absences that my virtual staff would update my blog and explain things because my absences were abrupt and unexpected.
The prayers, gifts, and even flowers starting rolling in…while much humbled by it and greatly appreciated…whenever I took a little break online, I’d get worried phone calls, emails to family members asking if I was still alive.
So, selfish as I was, I decided to start American Muslim Mom differently. My colleagues, all authors, freelance writers, publicists, professional bloggers, everyone in PR advised against it–after all, you’re Mommy-Blogging now…it should be “personal”.
No, but I can’t and couldn’t bare the worries, fears, and I just wanted to move on. Oh, yes–my health was improving so I didn’t see any major breaks to occur…
Then, the natural breaks happened, such as living in oppressed land with no electricity, water, heat,…let alone Internet!
And, the most recent and longest break: 2012…My personal decision to prioritize my life outside of American Muslim Mom. Too much was personal, too painful, too well…emotional; more so than the physical things I deal with daily.
Those who REALLY know me (like a couple friends, and my family) know that I NEVER allow excuses! I’m partically intolerant to excuses--geez, I was partially paralyzed for 9 months before and still raised a family, business…and NEVER lost faith!
But, these are the things my colleagues insisted I share. So, honestly, I dripped a bit in my Year of Motivation post, more for my therapy and never thought anyone let alone A LOT of you would read it…all!
You read the fine print, all little things I put out there to protect myself. Just as I replied to my first commenter, I didn’t think people would take my post well…possibly even turning people away enough that it’d be easier for me to let alone, give up and even sell American Muslim Mom…
Allahu Alam. Allah knows best! That was never my intention, I wrote from the heart what I was willing to share and what I was not…and those who love me back for the sake of Allah, came to be by my side when I needed it most…Now!
NOW, THAT IS Motivating!
But, What REALLY prompted the change in the first place?
My girls! They yelled
not to sell, and negotiated ways to keep it alive and active. They reminded me that this is “ours”. This is “our” sadaqah jariyah (ongoing charity), “our” words, not just yours mom/Mommy/Mama! We’ll be the next American Muslim Mom, insha Allah, they insisted…thankfully, it WILL live on…because of them!
My only priority was m health, wifehood and motherhood responsibilities which meant homeschooling. Really, being stationary for the first time, exploring the West Coast has always been something I wanted to do…I love my home, I love all the time I have my with my girls and I pleaded,
IF I sell, I won’t have as many regrets, as IF I lost any time with you growing up!
They reminded me that I don’t use the word “regrets”, it’s “lessons learned” quoting me…of course.
They shared, that we’ll grow up WITH American Muslim Mom.
Well, they’ve demonstrated that life CAN be simplified with massive teamwork; and, together the girls launched and relaunched 3 websites practically by themselves in 1-week! By doing this, they’re “proving to me” they can take over American Muslim Mom to a greater extent. [BTW, they didn't have to prove anything to me...they chose too!]
I’m not techie at all, I hate administrative work, and I outsource everything possible. However, they were determined to keep everything in-house and taught themselves how to do things most bloggers don’t know how to do. That’s the difference between hobby bloggers and professional money-making bloggers…my girls are so frugal they don’t want
me to outsource anymore so they can reap the benefits. Now, that’s enterprising!
So, here are their websites:
Kid Bloggers Club – Helping Kids Make Money Online with Blogging.
Grab JuJu’s free ebook “How to start a blog for fun and profit” while you’re there, because it’s for sale in Kindle for 99-cents.
Even though I’m asked a LOT, I don’t have time to teach Muslim mommy bloggers who want to learn how to make $ online–but my girls are committed to get more kids blogging; so I’ll be referring all interested bloggers to my girls’ products.
And, they are real pros. They’ve been making money since 2010!
They even “rocked the socks off” their business coach! She stated that my 12 yo accomplished more than any of her clients all year! MashaAllah, God has willed. JuJu is her only kid client, because she “proved” herself to Kelly herself.
STEMOLOGIST – Learning, Loving, Living STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math).
For one-week, their traffic is soaring! U.S. traffic is larger than #2-50 in our Top Muslim Mom Blogger list!
STEM Education is a hot topic for our country right now. Fortunately, we were STEMologists well before it was hip to be one! So, come see all our tips & resources.
There’s a fun STEM-Monday: STEM Trivia Everyone Must-Know challenge fun for any kid aged 2-18 yo here. Not a single comment yet…
Can it be the questions are too hard!?
You be the judge.
Sabra Sisters – They’re Working Towards Keeping Their Fire Lit!
Based on these 2 quotes:
1) Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire. ~William Butlet Yeats (The beauty of homeschooling).
2) Light yourself on fire with passion and people will come from miles around to watch you burn! ~John Wesley. (The beauty of Self & Crowd-Motivation!)
The really fire-y news is that we’re launching a fourth right now, and creating our very first infoproduct. The girls are doing ALL this before I ever did, and I’ve been professionally
blogging since 2004! Can you feel the flame burning!?
Also, our 12 yo’s final manuscript is already with the publisher. While our 11 and 9 yo’s final manuscripts are due next Thursday for their upcoming children’s history book series. If you’re a History buff or educator, or actually made it this far down this blogpost, we’d love to have you review them and we’ll acknowledge your assistance in the books!
The children’s book series is called, “Making History Fun!”
JuJu (12yo)’s is “25 Fun Facts of FDR” already with the publisher
GiGi (11 yo)’s is “25 Fun Facts of Abe Lincoln”
JoJo (9 yo)’s is “25 Fun Facts of JFK”
Just email via the Contact Page (it makes it a priority mail), with Abe & JFK in the subject. Then, state why you’d like to review the books! A title, one-liner. Can be as simple as
Jane, homeschool mom of 9, 5 and 3 yo.
Tight deadline though. We need things into the publisher by Thursday, but we’d need to adjust your reviews/edits, before then…and well, we’re not done. Praying for Monday at latest…and yes, if I wasn’t blogging this long, maybe be done with one them already!
As they say “it’s a working weekend” ahead of us. Thankfully, work is SO much fun! After all, how often does a kid become an author?
Okay, I think it’s time to sign off…Looking forward to your active dialogue on whatever site you find your comfort level! We’d love your kids to interact with my girls…InshaAllah, maybe even start blogging for profit too!
Jazaka Allahu Khayr again for your du’a…I am glad I blogged, and mostly happy for your motivation too! Fe amani Allah, in the trust of Allah!
- Muslim Mommy Motivation Tip: Just Keep It Simple
- American Muslim Mom Homeschool & Kid Bloggers Club Audio Post
- Kid Bloggers Club Finally Relaunched!
- Mom Bloggers Can Make Money – Group Coaching & Blogging Course
- Why I Blog and You Should Too!