Spotlight: Finding Mom by Amanda Mawhinney

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Finding Mom 

by Amanda Mawhinney

 October 6, 2016


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ISBN-10: 1535220775

ISBN-13: 978-1535220774


Series: Nurturing the Mom You Are, Book 1

Publisher: My Koala Pouch publishing

Genre: Non-fiction, parenting, self-help, personal growth, mom self-care


Finding Mom Q&A

Where did you get your idea for Finding Mom?

It was a real wake-up call when I was at a playdate and another mom asked me what I liked to do and what hobbies I had. I couldn’t answer her. I was silent for an unusually long time as I realized how bland I had become. I realized that I had lost all balance in my life. At that particular moment, I didn’t have any real aspirations or even things I liked to do. I lost all perspective of my life, and I didn’t have my own identity other than “Mom.”


How does the Finding Mom’s personality quiz work?

The quiz looks at two different character continuums. These continuums intersect to create four unique personalities which are explained in depth in the book.. In Chapter 6, you will be taking a personality quiz to figure out where you fall on each continuum and which personality you have. Afterwards we dive into what the different personalities mean to moms specifically. Then we explore your family’s personalities and how the Finding Mom personalities interact.


What is my personality from the Finding Mom’s personality quiz?

My personality style is a Helper. I still like being with others but I work best by myself. My house is definitely not always clean, but I do have house-cleaning tasks on my to-do list that I try to accomplish each day. I’m good at organizing and planning but not good at delegating. I prefer to do things myself, and sometimes I find myself micromanaging others too much. Sometimes I get so wrapped up in my to-do list that I have to make a conscious effort to put it away for a few hours and really engage my daughters in playtime.


What is the most important takeaway from Finding Mom?

The most important part about rediscovering yourself is getting “me time.” “Me time” is time where you don’t need to be a mom. It is the time you can relax and be yourself. Depending on your personality, this could be time alone to read, to try a new hobby, or even to spend some time with your girlfriends. If you have kids hanging on you, are dealing with constant interruptions, or even if your responsibilities are weighing on your mind, it really isn’t “me time.”


What are the 3 phases this book takes you through?

Part 1 – Identifying Ourselves and Finding Inspiration

Part 2 – Turning Opportunities Into Possibilities

Part 3 – Making Goals Into Reality


How do you get inspired to write?

Being a mom has been one of the most challenging jobs that I have done in my life. I am inspired by all of the courageous women out there who call themselves “mom” and I hope to help make their lives a little bit easier.

I think about the challenges and struggles that I have personally gone through. I ask and listen to the issues that other moms are facing. I use my own observations and successes and break them down into manageable steps so that other moms can be successful too.



Finding Mom Excerpt

You may think that it’s impossible to get to know yourself while your children are young and that it will be easier when your children get older. The truth is, you don’t have to wait. I took my journal to the hospital with me when I had my second child and started implementing some of my goals right after I recovered from childbirth.

Refinding myself has really changed the entirety of my life. In the year following my own personal analysis, I managed to meet my goals of becoming an author, losing all my baby weight from both kids, and strengthening my spirituality. I discovered that I do not have the patience or the real skill for crocheting; I enjoy horseback riding and quiet time in the woods. Currently, I’m working through a couch to 5K program in order to run a race in a few months. I have future aspirations of having my own successful business, learning karate, and traveling the globe.

You may be thinking, “Well, good for you, Amanda, but I’m too busy to find myself.” Maybe you work full time, homeschool, have seven kids, and make all of your food from scratch. Maybe you volunteer at church or take care of an elderly parent or a special needs child. As mothers, our list of responsibilities is endless and our unique challenges may feel insurmountable. The thing is, if you really want to make a difference in your life, you will find a way. I purposely directed this book at moms because we face unique trials, and I wanted to really zero in on how you can make a difference in your life.

The “year of Amanda,” during which I took the time to find myself, was also one of the most hectic periods of my life to date. We had a new baby, my husband got a new job, and we moved from one house to another. All of this was going on while I was still actively raising and nurturing two children. The “year of you” may be even more hectic, but we are going to work together to make it a reality.


Are you ready for the “Year of You?”

This book is designed as an informational workbook to help you on your journey toward rediscovering yourself. I know there is so much in this book that it can be a bit overwhelming. You do not have to complete all of Part 1 at one time in order to get a lot out of this book. That’s why I broke the book down into three parts. You can explore as much or as little about yourself in Part 1 as you want, while still being able to turn your areas of improvement into actionable steps and goals in Part 2. In Part 3, you can learn how to take those goals and start applying them to your life. This book isn’t meant to be something to just read and forget. I want you to be able to take whatever time you have and put it into making a real change in your life.


After reading this book, you will be able to:

  • Incorporate personal time into your daily routine (with the kids around)
  • Identify your individual qualities, stresses, and opportunities
  • Understand your personality and your family members’ personalities
  • Set achievable goals particular to your life
  • Start a realistic personal development plan
  • Become the mom you want to be


If you actively partake in this book, you will have a solid plan for becoming who you are above and beyond the beloved label of “mom.” We have a lot to cover in this book, and I’m excited to help you change your life into one that is more fulfilling. As you turn the page, bring a pen to take notes and an open mind to discover your potential.


Let’s start finding you . . .




Author Bio


Amanda Mawhinney is an author, trainer and family relationship coach. Her professional passions are helping women to develop themselves and helping families to connect and build stronger bonds. Her blog, My Koala Pouch is where she writes about creating healthier families and fun activities for kids and adults.


Amanda holds a degree in Psychology from Clarion University of Pennsylvania. She was an HR professional at a company with over 11,000 employees worldwide. She designed, created and implemented many developmental courses and an orientation program. She trained management, developed employees, facilitated mentorship programs and strengthened interdepartmental teams. Before having children of her own, Amanda worked with children with behavioral issues and their families. As an AmeriCorps volunteer she taught disabled and at- risk youth about giving back to the community and the environment.


Amanda currently homeschools her two delightful daughters and spends her days enjoying the great outdoors, reading, writing and doing fun activities with her family. Visit her website, My Koala Pouch at








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