For years I avoided Pinterest like the plague. Seriously, did I need another social media account that somehow melded recipes, decorating and Christmas shopping? Really?
I convinced myself I didn’t.
Nope, I don’t need no Pinterest.
And then I became a mom…and the next thing you know at 11:45pm on a Wednesday I’m pinning like 25 things to various boards.
Of course there’s the occasional recipe for mini cinnabons made in a muffin tin.
Seriously, I can go down the rabbit hole and waste spend a lot of time on Pinterest searching all kinds of stuff.
To look at my boards these days is to watch me search for ways to help turn Hope’s ship around.
There’s my private board on parenting traumatized adoptees and the board devoted to promoting executive function. There’s a board devoted to teen tips for time management—especially teens with ADHD.
There’s a board devoted to different philosophies on behavioral therapies, and one focusing on sheet music for sax and piano for Hope.
I collect pins related to self care and shopping too.
But of all of the random ish I pin, the thing that has consumed me as a part of the Year of the Try is my boards on healthy thinking and inspiration. It is within these boards that I’m building an arsenal of positive sayings, quotes, uplifting Ted talks, apps that promote mindfulness and sayings that go beyond positive and promote all out badassery.
I want Hope to be a positive badass.
Every few days, I print out a few sayings and I tape them to her bedroom door.
She gets surly sometimes about me doing this, but my goal is, in fact, to wallpaper her door with oodles of positivity and badassery. So even when I’m doing my damndest not to lecture her about being negative, she has to look at those quotes every single time she enters and leaves that room.
I’m hopeful that one day, she will embrace the messages and begin to believe in herself.