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mother, mother: a friday writing prompt

Happy Friday!

Today’s post is dedicated to all you mothers out there.


First dance recital, age 2

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Belles of the ball

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new baby brother, age 3

There are plenty of literary journals out there, and there are even ones that focus exclusively on motherhood. Literary Mama , for one, seeks fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and profiles based on the experiences of motherhood.

Writing Prompt:

If you’re a writer: break away from whatever work you’re doing today. Start by freewriting on a blank piece of paper. Begin with the words “My mother.” That’s the only rule. You can go any direction you want with it — just as long as those are the first two words. (Some of the best ones might be nothing about your mother. That’s okay, too.)

If you’re not a writer, do it anyway. And then frame it. Check that mother’s day gift off your list.

Cheers to all my favorite mamas this weekend!

Today’s 5 things Friday post counts down my top 5 songs that get me ready to rumble.

Part of being “ unplugged ,” you might recall, is doing work wholly distraction-free. There’s plenty of research on what’s called “state-dependent learning,” where the consciousness in which you learn material is the state in which you should test. As in: if you study with music on, you should take the test with music on. A 1969 scientific study even found that when people learn information while intoxicated, they will remember it better while intoxicated. (It’s definitely worth noting that grades are better for those who study, and test, sober.)

That being said, though: sometimes, I need to pregame for my workday. When I eat breakfast, or give myself a 15-minute break before going into a major writing frenzy, I boot up some music that does one of two things: , or inspires me.

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5. Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeroes, “Home.”

(Side note: this song was the background to our wedding Same Day Edit, shot by Leonard Hasemann and his team of professionals through Cinematic Wedding Story.)

4. R. Kelly’s “Remix to Ignition.” Brings me right back to high school.

3. Jamie Cullum, “Please Don’t Stop the Music” (original released by Rihanna). This version is so much better.

2. Elton John, “Your Song.” (I’ve loved this song forever – which made this moment of my life that much more surreal.) I also love all covers of this song.

1. Beyoncé, “Love on Top.” Instant feel-good. Maybe it’s the 90s choreo; perhaps it’s Bey’s Sasha Fierce-flawless face. Either way, this one’s going to stick around.

BONUS: Mentioning 90s choreo and NOT including Backstreet Boys: “I Want it That Way” is probably illegal. So, here.

What are some songs that you just can’t quit? Let me know in the comments!