As a mother, your day is full of ups and downs.
And in some seasons, it may feel like mostly downs...
The baby has a fever. You just dropped a gallon of milk on the floor that you need to clean up, but your three-year-old is also screaming for you from the bathroom to come give her a wipe.
You are up against a deadline at work, but first you need to call the doctor to follow-up about the test results for your son who was just diagnosed with ADHD.
You know your work as a mother is important, but you are tired. So tired.
Before you had children, you thought that motherhood would be filled with magical moments of connection and joy.
But as you look at the milk spilled all over the floor–a sick baby whining on your hip and an impatient toddler hollering at you from the bathroom–you ask yourself, “Where is the magic in all of this?”
My friend, I have been there. And I have created something that I know will help you.
Hi–I’m Rachel! I’m a mom, a podcaster, and a life-long journaler.
I fought hard to become a mom (my kids arrived via adoption and IVF), and I thought I would love every minute of it. But I ended up struggling with depression and discouragement as I tried to manage daily life with two very strong willed children.
When I confided how I was feeling to a wise mentor, she comforted me with these wise words: “In motherhood, the hard moments sometimes outnumber the beautiful moments...but the beautiful moments always outweigh the hard moments.”
I let her words settle into my heart. They reminded me of a story I had heard about a young miner in the California Gold Rush who discovered that he didn’t need to collect big golden nuggets in order to build wealth: he could simply focus on gathering tiny flecks of gold, day after day.
I decided to start giving the beautiful moments in my days with my kids more weight by noticing them and writing them down. Each night, I journaled about one “fleck of gold” that I had noticed that day–a funny comment from my son, a perfect sunset on a family walk, or an unexpectedly meaningful conversation at bedtime.
During even the hardest days, if I could find one fleck of gold, it felt like enough. And over time, my flecks accumulated and became a rich and steadying anchor to me during the ups and downs of motherhood.
This practice has changed my life and my motherhood, and I want it to change yours as well. I created the Flecks of Gold journal so that YOU can start gathering your own “flecks of gold” with your children.
What makes the Flecks of Gold journal unique?
Each page of this journal will hold three years of precious moments. As that date on the calendar comes back around each year, you’ll get to revisit golden memories and be reminded all over again that the hard work of motherhood is worth it. It’s like a Time Hop for your favorite memories!
I wanted the outside of this journal to be as beautiful as the moments recorded inside. The journal is hardcover and linen. Each page is printed on premium, acid-free paper. This is a keepsake you will be able to pass on to your children and enjoy for years to come.
Monthly Mindfulness Tip
At the beginning of each month, you will read a mindfulness strategy that will help you lean in to your golden moments. I hope that you will share these tools with your children and develop a family culture of gratitude and positivity.
Peek inside the Flecks of Gold Journal!
With your purchase of a journal, you’ll also receive a beautiful digital download of all 12 months’ mindfulness tips, so you can print them and display them in your home. These will serve as a visual, daily reminder of the month’s focus.
Brooke Rasmussen, mom of 2, New Hampshire
Flecks of Gold journaling has changed everything for me. In the beginning, there were days where I felt like I had to really sit and think about something–anything!–that might have happened that was good that day. However, as I continued journaling, it not only became easier to think of those golden moments at the end of the day, but it also became easier to notice them while they were happening in the moment.
Lindsey Tanner, mom of 4, California
Writing about moments helps me to really grasp them before they slip quietly out of my brain never to be remembered. The written descriptions are like a safety-net, holding on to those things I cherish most in life. My journal is my most valuable possession, filled with memories of ordinary days. I am a more deliberate and grateful mother because I pay attention to my Flecks of Gold each day.
Erica Peterson, mom of 2, Idaho
The moment I started doing daily Flecks of Gold journaling, I knew it was something I could actually do...and desperately needed. Mothering felt like something that was supposed to come so naturally, but has been one of the most challenging roles I’ve ever faced. I am beyond grateful for this daily practice of gratitude and reflection that has taught me to look for the good in my kids.
This is about so much more than a journal!
This is about recording fleeting moments with your children so they are never forgotten.
This is about passing on a written record of your love for them.
This is about reclaiming your joy as a mother and retraining your brain to focus on the good within your days with your children.