Episode 002: Fun & Healthy Ways to Celebrate Mother’s Day

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Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 13, but we wanted to have this episode up for you a little early to give you more time to think about your own (or your mom’s or your mother-in-law’s) “love language” (keep reading for more info on that) and how that might translate to a perfect day for you.

Also, if you’re visiting iTunes or Google Play or this blog on Launch Day (Thu, May 3), we wanted there to be more than one episode waiting for you to enjoy, and so we can start building a deeper connection right off the bat. The greatest gifts we could ever receive from a listener would be for you to SUBSCRIBE, RATE & REVIEW. We hoped that having more than one episode ready for you on Launch Day would show you this is a real weekly show, here to stay, and worth Subscribing to!

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If you listened to Episode 001, or checked out the Show Notes, you’ll recall that we’ve decided to “theme” our discussions by calendar month. And for the month of May, we’re talking about all kinds of Celebrations – how to be intentional about the foods we choose, the boundaries we keep, and the joy we create in the midst of life’s celebrations. In Episode 001, we talked about How to Navigate Sugar During Celebrations.

Here’s what we discuss in Episode 002: “Fun & Healthy Ways to Celebrate Mother’s Day”:

Announcements: We start with an acknowledgement that this episode could be triggering for many of you who might be grieving right now. Holidays can be really hard when you’re wrestling with loss or disappointment and everyone else seems so happy. Please listen to Haley’s words here about how important it is to let yourself feel the real emotions of whatever you’re going through, and hopefully find ways for growth and grief to co-exist at the same time so you can keep moving.

Next, we moved into a praise report that the Nourish Joy Podcast Community on Facebook continues to grow. As of 9am today (Launch Day, 5/3/18), there are 89 members so far, which is incredible for only two weeks of existence! Haley and I will be doing weekly Live videos in there to discuss each week’s episode + sharing behind-the-scenes tidbits about the show. It’s like the after-party where all the cool kids hang out. Come join us!

Also, Show Notes will appear here (on meghandorman.com) each week as a blog post just like this one. You can always find them by typing in meghandorman.com/episode-number. This one is meghandorman.com/002. Last week’s are found at www.meghandorman.com/001. And so on. Show Notes will contain an outline of what we discussed, as well as any links or resources we mention on the show.

And if you missed the post about our Trailer episode, with an introduction to me & Haley as your hosts, as well as more context for what the show will be like, you can find that here.

Updates: I give an update on our dog Parker (who we found out recently has a large tumor in his abdomen), and talk about a holistic veterinarian we might go see. I talk a little about the holistic approach compared to a more conventional paradigm.

Haley gives us a glimpse into her week as a working mom with a toddler. The newest phrase around their house is #watchful, as they try to intentionally notice and celebrate all the cute, funny and new things their Little Man does each day. It’s so easy to miss those moments if you’re not careful! His two big highlights this week were feeding himself guacamole with a spoon and learning to dunk a basketball. 😊

Mother’s Day Expectations: We talk about our feelings on the usual fare of flowers, cards and brunches.

The Five Love Languages: This concept comes from a New York Times best-seller by Gary Chapman that Haley uses a lot in her practice, mostly with couples counseling. (They also make versions for Singles and for Kids). The thinking is that we all experience the feeling of being loved in different ways, and whatever it is that makes us FEEL loved is the way we tend to show it to others. The difficulty arises when two people have different primary love languages and each person feels like they are showing the other person all kinds of love, but if it’s not in the way that really speaks to that person, everybody can end up feeling like they’re doing all the “loving” and not much of the “love-receiving.” This is pronounced in romantic relationships, but also comes into play when thinking about how to best celebrate the women in our lives this Mother’s Day.

The five love languages are: Quality Time, Gifts, Acts of Service, Words of Affirmation, and Physical Touch. You can take a quiz on their web site to find out what yours is.

I talk about my Love Language of Words of Affirmation and something my husband Eric just recently did that hit the nail on the head, and how different it is for him as someone whose primary language is Acts of Service.

Haley encourages us to think about our own love language this week and observe the behavior of the women in our lives to come up with the best way to celebrate Mother’s Day.

From Our (Future) Listeners: We get into some examples and ideas from the moms and daughters in our Facebook group.

Celebrating Mother’s Day WITHOUT your kids: Motherhood ain’t for the faint-hearted, and though this doesn’t apply to everyone, some moms might actually feel most honored by being gifted with some alone time. Haley and I and our mom will likely make it to the beach together by ourselves at some point for Mother’s Day weekend. This probably depends on the age and number of people for whom you are currently responsible. Once kids are a little older and they’re not around you all the time, most of those ladies said they would definitely want Quality Time with the family.

(Side Note: I mention something about underwire bras and their connection to impaired detox pathways. If you’re interested, here’s some more info! I only wear lace bralettes or “wireless bras.” I’ve been able to find them everywhere from Target to TJ Maxx to Amazon. It was an easy switch for me!)

5 Ways to Keep Mother’s Day Both Fun & Healthy:

  1. Nourishing Foods: how to build your brunch plate or plan a menu; be careful of the “I deserve this” trap
  2. Rest: Most women do not stop! Time to stop this weekend. Rest is imperative to your physical and mental health. It needs to be way more of a priority in our lives, culturally, and this is the perfect weekend to start practicing! Set the expectation ahead of time with the people who can make sure it happens, and say your intention out loud.
  3. Outside: There is strong scientific support to the correlation between our health and our moods and the amount of sun exposure, fresh air, natural sounds and textures that we are exposed to. Prioritize being outside this weekend.
  4. Movement: It doesn’t have to be strenuous, but just like we were made to be in nature, we were made to move. When we do not, things start to break down. Movement facilitates detoxification through the lymphatic system, facilitates creativity, better mood regulation, better energy throughout the day, and stronger connections to the ones we’re moving around with!
  5. Strong Social Connections: We were made to be in community. When it doesn’t happen, we start to see symptoms of attachment disorders or depression or anxiety. So, being with other people who nourish us is important this holiday weekend. But Haley also discusses the importance of healthy boundaries. Not all relationships and situations are life-giving. And there are ways to navigate that in a healthy way.


Let us know if you incorporate any of these 5 categories into your Mother’s Day celebrations next week! Post in the Nourish Joy Podcast Community on Facebook or send an email to podcast@meghandorman.com. We love to hear from you!

Highlight-Lowlight Segment: We introduced this last week in Episode 001. It comes from a game I play with my kids in the car on the way home from school. Each week, Haley and I will take turns with who shares the Highlight and who shares the Lowlight, but they will be moments from our week that either Nourished Joy in our lives or took away from it.

Haley’s Highlight: She did not think she was going to be able to do pistols at CrossFit one day, because a lot of athletes struggle with those. They require an uncommon combination of mobility, core strength, balance and coordination. But she was able to do the whole workout “as Rx’d” (or, “as prescribed,” in CrossFit lingo – meaning, without having to scale the movement). Here’s what a pistol looks like. Let us know in the Facebook group if you try it!!

Meghan’s Lowlight: Super inconsistent with my workouts that week. Let all kinds of excuses dominate me. Made a plan to get back on the horse, and since that recording occurred a week ago as I’m typing these show notes, I’m happy to report that my strategies have worked! I’ve been writing down what my workouts will be each day ahead of time and planning them for a certain time in the day, saying my intention out loud to my husband, and it’s working. Excuse-train: derailed.

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Happy Mother’s Day to all the ladies! Whether you’ve had children in your home or not, you “mother” the younger people in your life, just by being a woman. You are blessing the generations with your example and your love!


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