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Your Story Matters

3 Things by Lauren Warner, Editor of

3 Things by Lauren Warner, Editor of

*This is the Monday morning “from the editor” post. In addition to your daily Truth, Tip & Find, I also introduce our fabulous guests for the week — and make sure nobody goes thirsty. More coffee, anyone?


Last year, when Kate was but a year old, my OBGYN asked me if I would be willing to talk to patients who had received a prenatal Down syndrome diagnosis (who wanted someone to talk to, of course.)

He knew that as mother to a child with Down syndrome, I could provide a personal perspective that he could not fully understand — and of course, I said yes.

From this idea, I wrote a letter on my personal blog last week to all the women I don’t have a chance to talk to personally — moms who may need some encouragement in a time of confusion and fear.

The letter was called: Dear mom with a prenatal Down syndrome diagnosis — and in just a few days, it quickly became my most popular post to date, with over 23 thousand Facebook “shares,” over 60,000 unique visitors and even a special shout out from the CEO and chairman of the Special Olympics, Timothy Shriver.

My heart is full that so many found comfort in my story — but what touched me most were the comments. Comments from other mothers, fathers, siblings, grandmothers, grandfathers and friends who are full of such love and celebration for their loved ones with special needs. Their stories have made me cry, laugh and smile with joy and I invite you to read them all.

So my truth today is this: your story matters. Even the smallest stories can have a big impact on someone who needs to hear it.



As the editor of this website, I look at a lot of blogs and media content. And I find that the most compelling content follows the advice that Seth Godin shared on his blog a few weeks ago in a post: “How to write copy that goes viral.”

In it, Seth shares:

The best approach is to not try to write things that will go viral.

No, the best approach is to write for just one person. Make an impact on just one person. Even better, make it so they can’t sleep that night unless they choose to make a difference for just one other person by sharing your message with them.

The rest will take care of itself.


If you have young children, you’ve probably heard of Sandra Boynton.

Her children’s board books, like: “Blue Hat, Green Hat,” “Barnyard Dance,” “Birthday Monsters,” and “Pajama Time” are adorable, quirky, hilarious, and fun for kids of all ages.

We love her books in our house — and whether you have little ones or not — you’ll love them, too.

In the house

Oooh, it’s a good week, moms!

Tomorrow, we have the beautifully poetic Rachel Stafford from Hands Free Mama — a wife, writer and mama inspiring us all to focus on what matters most.

Wednesday, it’s Grace Patton — the hilarious, heartwarming mommy blogger extraordinaire over at Camp Patton.

Thursday, we have Tracy Beckerman — syndicated humor columnist at Lost in Suburbia and author of the new book, Lost in Suburbia: A Momoir: How I Got Pregnant, Lost Myself, and Got My Cool Back in the New Jersey Suburbs.

And Friday, we have Amy Pence Brown — radical homemaker, writer, and art and architectural historian bloggin’ at Doin’ It All, Idaho Style.

Have a wonderful week!


Contributor: Lauren, Founder and Editor of
Enjoy her personal blog.