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Hannah Kelley's Total Mom Makeover
by Hannah Keeley

Do you consider yourself to be a "Total Mom"?

Absolutely! The Total Mom is someone who is perfectly imperfect, and willing to put out the best she’s got to give. She never gives up. She is also someone who has her act together (or at least makes everyone think she does!).

How long did it take you to become a "Total Mom"?

The trick about being a “Total Mom” is that it is a process. There is no arrival point, and even when it seems like there is, it’s really just another turn around the bend. That’s the exciting part of life and motherhood. If you’re really pouring yourself into it, then there is never a dull moment, always another challenge. That’s what makes motherhood real and tangible, living knee-deep in it!

There are inspirational quotes in the margins of some of the pages, how did you decide which quotes to use?

They are the same ones that inspire me on a daily basis. Motherhood is not new territory. We are fortunate that there are moms with plenty of years and experience under their belts who can help us avoid the pitfalls and celebrate the accomplishments that truly matter. We’re not in it alone. I always try to listen to those voices who inspire and teach me.

Can every mom become a "Total Mom" in six weeks or can some people achieve it sooner?

I think you become a “Total Mom” the moment you really and truly decide that you want the most out of life. That major life decision it the real biggie. The rest is just gravy. If you really want something in life, you’ll get it. It just matters how badly you want it.

What inspired you to write this book?

I looked around one day and saw how moms are trying to “survive” motherhood. How pathetic! We should be “thriving” during motherhood. This should be a time of celebration and accomplishment, truly living life with a sense of purpose and direction, not just shuffling through day to day. We only get one shot at this, so give it all you’ve got.

What was the hardest part of writing your book?

The most difficult part of the writing process was meeting my deadlines with seven kids and a home to care for. It took a lot of resolve to turn out of bed every morning at 5:30am so that I could write for an hour or two before the kids woke up, or stay up late at night while everyone else in the house was snoozing. Basically, I have two full-time jobs. The balancing act can be quite a challenge.

Do you have a book tour? Is there a schedule available so people can meet you in person?

I wish I could meet every one of my readers, maybe just sit and have a cup of coffee with each one. I LOVE getting together with moms. There are plans to make some appearances, but nothing definite yet. You can always find out if I will be in your area by checking out my website, www.totalmom.com.

What are your current projects?

As usual, raising seven wonderful children. That’s always first on my list. I do have another book in the works, but details on that one will come later. I’ve also enjoyed doing several appearances on The Rachael Ray Show. She’s so much fun to work with!

Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?

It’s funny, because I always feel most challenged in an area of my life when I write about it. I learned that God works best through people when they are willing to learn, fail, grow, and persist. I also found out what a deep love I have for fellow moms. I have always felt a strong compassion for moms who are trying their best, even against the odds. I feel for those women and hope I can inspire them to face each new day as an opportunity, an opportunity to be the amazing mom and woman they were created to be.


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