mama self care

“13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do” by Amy Morin

Homeschool mamas definitely need to be mentally strong, don’t ya think?

This compelling title found me in an airport bookshop once upon a time (when we all liberally wandered into airports).

Where else does one leisurely peruse books than when biding time waiting for boarding?

This title caught my attention:

February2015 126

It’s got my attention because the back cover details the thirteen things mentally strong people don’t do. Its byline reads:

Take back your power, embrace change, face your fears, and train your brain for happiness and success.

Amy Morin

Based on the list of thirteen things on the back cover page, I feel I could have written this book. They are thing I’ve learned, and am still learning, in my life. And I’ve definitely learned a lot of them as I’ve homeschooled my four kiddos these last thirteen years.

Amy Morin says mentally strong people don’t do the following…

1. They don’t waste time feeling sorry for themselves.

2. They don’t give away their power.

3.  They don’t shy away from change.

4.  They don’t focus on things they can’t control.

5.  They don’t worry about pleasing everyone.

6.  They don’t fear taking calculated risks.

7.  They don’t dwell on the past.

8. They don’t make the same mistakes over and over.

9.  They don’t resent other people’s success.

10.  They don’t give up after their first failure.

11. They don’t fear alone time.

12. They don’t feel the world owes them anything.

13.  They don’t expect immediate results.


Amy Morin’s book makes me think…

Everyone has a story of ‘why me’. Anyone can turn that ‘why me’ story into a victim story; a story demanding special attention from those they meet.

If you’re young and can’t find one, don’t worry, life will hand you one.

If you’re more mature and you haven’t got one, it’s because you’ve chosen not to see yourself through that grid. Past schmast. Everyone has a past. Everyone has a story. The one that might make other’s jaws drop, but would terrify the story teller to share in a crowd of thirty. You can’t change it, so you have to get on with living forward and live your life on purpose.

We were created as social beings and designed to care what other people think, but when we listen to other’s voices too closely, we are distracted from our bigger purpose. We’re wasting time acting out the dramas in our minds, but curiously, we rarely need to play out our greatest fears in actual life.

How we think affects how we approach our life, our purpose, our relationships, and our homeschools.


review Homeschool Mama Self-Care: Thrive, Not Just Survive book

<strong>Teresa Wiedrick</strong>
Teresa Wiedrick

Am I the right fit to coach you in your new home learning journey?

6 thoughts on ““13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do” by Amy Morin

    • Yes, hard not to say that’s the easiest one to lick when you’re home educating a brood. People have often asked me if I get quiet time. I respond, not an option, I must. My mental space requires it!

Leave a Reply to gegrizzle Cancel reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.