NW Healthy Mama Book Club- Week 5 Questions 1

If you know me well, you’ll know that I’m a horrible liar. I actually just can’t do it and so to be able to sleep tonight, I’ve just got to get something out there……

I’m behind on my reading and this book isn’t what I thought it would be. However- I told you I’d provide weekly questions and so, I’m here, showing up and you know what? The questions this week have turned out to possibly be my favorite after all.

With my tea and my favorite quilt, I skimmed the reading for this week, determined to make lemonade with these lemons. And girls….I think we have some mighty fine lemonade, sitting here ready for us to drink together. 

And so, if you’re like me and you haven’t read a word of the reading for this week, please join in the conversation anyway. I can’t wait to read your thoughts and please don’t throw me under the bus for being honest about not reading the section for this week. I’ll catch up,  I promise.


You deserve love and you’ll get it.  –Amy Poehler

  1. On the first page of “Parents Just Do Understand” (page 201) Amy mentioned how her Mom got her degree in special education when she was 41 and then went on to teach for 31 years. This hit me hard, since sometimes I personally think about how exciting it would be to go back to school and have a career when my kids are older…..I’ve always wanted to be  a doula or even a midwife. I’d also love to write a book and turn NW Healthy Mama into a huge success. Is there something you’ve always thought about? Do you find hope in the fact that even in your 40’s you could start working again, or start a new career? Is there something you’ve always wanted to do that continually pulls on your heart? 
  2. The list of what her parents taught her was just SO good. You’ll see some of my stars and underlines (I just did those, since I didn’t do the reading…. hence the horrible picture).  For me, one of the most valuable things my Mom taught me is that there are no stupid questions, only stupid answers. Because of this, I’m not afraid to ask for what I want and I’ve learned that more often than not, people say “Yes”. Doors have opened for me, since she taught me to  not be afraid to ask. If you were to make a list of what your parents taught you, what would be on it? amy-poehler-tina-fey-2013-golden-globes
  3. In “Partner In Crime”, I loved reading about Amy’s friendship with Tina  Fey. Truly, they have the kind of friendship that  more women need. They are there for each other and instead of competing against each other, they compete against themselves.   For me, my “Tina” would be my sister. Honestly, the best thing my Mom ever did was raise us to somehow become best friends after we got over hitting each other and stealing clothes from each other in highschool. My sister is my Tina. I don’t want to be her, she doesn’t want to be me. We are so different and yet, she’s my favorite ever. Who is your Tina? What do you love so much about her?

And in case you’re just joining us or if you need a refresher, here’s the schedule:

Now it’s your turn…..answer this week’s questions in the comments below. 

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About Angela Strand

Angela is a wife, mama to three little ones and a lifelong Washington State resident. Besides facilitating the NW Healthy Mama website, she loves being involved in her kids' school, hiking with her girlfriends, growing all the things, writing, reading and taking photos.

One thought on “NW Healthy Mama Book Club- Week 5 Questions

  • Lena

    I finished the book today while waiting to get x-rays (the saga of my leg continues…) I didn’t know what pages correlated with my e-book so I wound up just finishing it off… I agree, not my kind of book (gave it three stars on GoodReads) but nevertheless it did have some great take aways for me and some laugh-out-loud moments.

    My background is in elementary education, specialized in special education. I love teach and I was really good at it (I think it’s okay to say that and it not come from a ‘full-of-yourself’ sort of place) but with the demands of teaching I just don’t feel the desire to return once our kiddos are in school. Instead I too would love to go back to school, not sure for what, maybe business or entrepreneurship or something, but I’m more certain that I’ll continue to work and build Root & Blossom then go back to using my degree.

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