When I was younger, Valentine's Day meant chocolate and roses from whomever I was dating at that time. I was excited to get it especially since it was 5 days before my birthday, so it was an extra special week for me. Now, it's about sharing my love for my kids and the life my husband and I have co-created. I put together some of my favorite things that are a little outside of the typical box and do a great job in saying you're special to me.
Whether you read on a Kindle or an Ipad, it doesn't matter. For the most part, I truly enjoy the feeling of touching the pages and holding a book in my hands. I was recently asked by a good friend, do you really read all those books? And the truth is, I read about 85-95% of the books. I tend to skim over parts that aren't resonating with me in that moment. But, that doesn't mean I won't hit them up later at some point when I feel called to that book again. I get the meat of the book within the first couple of days and if it's really hitting home for me, I invest a night or two to really absorb it. I'm also a fast reader, so that does help.
There’s a misnomer out there about how if you make “everything perfect”, you will somehow succeed. If you have the right education or come from the right family. If you take the right course or just follow the right person on social media, your life can be just as perfect as theirs. Just like the lie of social media on an Instagram or Facebook feed. This is the "Martha Stewart syndrome" (before we all found out she wasn’t perfect and went to jail).
“Don’t take things so personally!” You’ve heard it. I’ve heard it. But, what does that really mean? I’m a sensitive person and when someone wrongs me I feel it. Your mind can go on a whole little tirade of how this person did this or did that.
Being a Mom of 3 kids, I know it’s so easy to get caught up in all the responsibilities we have to deal with. Running our kids lives and our own lives leaves little room for little else. It's so easy to get caught up in the hectic and rushed part of our lives. How can you possibly make time for anything else?! But, we can make play a priority and weave into our day without much effort. We can make it “work for us” when we reframe what it does for us.
... and it's that time of the year where new beginnings happen and old things drop away like the falling leaves you see outside. It's hard to let go sometimes. It's hard to let go of the things we knew and are comfortable with, even when they no longer serve us.
When disasters like this strike, or any world event that we feel like we have no control over the impact of what is happening. It can often create fear, stress, and overwhelm. It’s so easy to go into that space of feeling like the world is coming to an end and there’s nothing we can do about it. Except, we can flip that perspective and come from a place of strength, of empowerment, and contribution. I wanted to offer a list of some the ways you can help.
was speaking to a friend the other day who is a divorced single mom. She was really stuck in the story of how unfair her life had played out because she didn’t have a partner to share it with. My heart went out to her for the loneliness piece, but at the same time I saw how attached she was to this picture she had created in her mind. That it would bring her, the sort of, “answers to her prayers”. When we become so fixated on how that one thing will help us solve all our wants and desires, we tend to lose sight of who we really are in the process.
You love your friends and their friendships mean the world to you. You would do anything for them and they for you. That is until, their kid and your kid don’t get along. It’s the worst feeling because you love this person, but you may not always like how their kids act. Each parent, parents differently, and often times your way doesn’t match their way when it comes to the children. You may let your kids eat sugar cereals and they think that’s poison.
You’ve heard the phrase “ It’s not the destination, it’s about the Journey”. I’ve heard it, you’ve heard it but what does it really mean?
I recently heard a podcast from one of my mentors, Melissa Ambrosini, where she interviewed Jack Canfield-an influencer for me for sure (most famously known for the Chicken Soup for the Soul series). You can hear the full Podcast here. It was like a lightening bolt hit me and for the first time, I got that message in a whole new way.