What do you do with your early risers?
Julian is up as early as 5:00 a.m. some days, and he never sleeps in past 7:30 a.m.
Even though I so badly want to clean the kitchen after sending the older kids off to school, I force myself to stop everything and do one on one activities with him like reading, writing letters, or doing phonics lessons. It’s such a special time we have alone before Jack wakes up, and I’m happy to embrace it for what it is rather than try to change it fit what I THINK it should be. .
Saturday I spent the day with a little girl named Sofia. We first met at the car rental place and saw each other at the beach the next day. She’s 5. From 10-4:30 we were playing in the ocean. We saw sea turtles right next to our feet and followed them around. We were mermaids - she was rainbow and I was pink and purple. Both of us are only children. Her parents kept apologizing, since we were playing so much. I wonder why that is. I think I was the lucky one that day. We got to explore the entire ocean and see things most adults are blind to now. Lost in our world but still present - creating it here, instead of revisiting old worlds in our minds. We got pretty sunburned but it was totally worth it — I miss her.
I'm a chronic perfectionist. If something, anything isn't 100% my idea of perfect, be it relationships, work, self development, (this post) I try to find a solution. I break it down, critisize, analyse, asking why isn't it? What can I do to "fix" this and make it better?
Funny thing is, my ultimate goal, my idea of success is to feel content with wherever I'm at 😅
I would love to make mistakes and be okay with them.
To feel content, safe and at ease with where I am.
I love self enquiry always asking "how can I be a better human for this planet?" But in that I can find myself never being okay with where I am at. There's always more to be done.
I started writing this in the hope to get some insight from myself, or maybe a friendly tip or two? Meditate more. Write a gratitude list every day. Say affirmations...
But I've written enough and I haven't found a solution. And I'm okay with that.. haha not really 😂 but this is where I am. It's not perfect. Well maybe it is and I am exactly where I need to be.? Experiencing this imperfection as just that. And not sugar coating it 🙏
♥ Wise words from Brené Brown. How are you caring for yourself? We must live this life with intention. Self-care, relaxation, play, conversation with others; all must be done with intention and often with planning! Time must be given and in this age, it can take much thought about fitting it in. But what if you did more than squeeze it in? What if you made it a habitual thing that if it was removed you felt like you couldn't live without it? Ever feel stressed, anxious, exhausted or overwhelmed? That's your body saying you CAN'T LIVE WITHOUT IT! At the end of the day it doesn't matter how much you've done, but how you feel. Give yourself the gift of time. Recieve it with intention. What will you give to yourself in this space? Please comment below 👇 💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜
Note: this is a page from Find Rest, A Women's Devotional for Lasting Peace in a Busy Life by Shaunti Feldhahn
But what am I saying here !!! You may feel exhausted from spending hours saving your home and organizing your life.
But you have a home and there are millions of people who do not have one.
😞😞😞 Today I am very grateful for my beautiful home, it is beautiful for me, because I feel that I am in a place that also belongs to me, because it is a space that remains in my heart and my heart is always with me.
I give you the opportunity today to thank you at home.
Thank you home!
Pero, ¿qué estoy diciendo aquí !!! ¡SÍ!
Puede sentirse agotado por pasar horas guardando su hogar y organizando su vida.
Pero tienes un hogar y hay millones de personas que no tienen uno.
😞😞😞 Hoy estoy muy agradecido por mi hermoso hogar, es hermoso para mí, porque siento que estoy en un lugar que también me pertenece, porque es un espacio que permanece en mi corazón y mi corazón siempre está conmigo .
Te doy la oportunidad hoy de darte las gracias a ti en casa.
Gracias a casa.
By the first moment I try to look outside for wisdom, I will get lost!
😞😞😞 I am the one who has the power to change my life and to turn a bad day into an amazing day just because I wanted.
You are your best gift and I want you to feel it and to believe it. Breathe within and feel the great person you are regardless of what situation you are - change it by change your attitude and your feelings about yourself- that will be the first step to free yourself from grieving, drama and fears.
😕😕😕 Take the courage today to be yourself – and love it!
Thank you, thank you thank you
En el primer momento, trato de buscar sabiduría en el exterior, ¡me perderé!
😞😞😞 Soy la que tiene el poder de cambiar mi vida y de convertir un mal día en un día increíble, simplemente porque quería.
Eres tu mejor regalo y quiero que lo sientas y lo creas. Respira por dentro y siente la gran persona que eres, independientemente de la situación en la que te encuentres, cámbiala cambiando tu actitud y tus sentimientos hacia ti mismo, ese será el primer paso para liberarte de la pena, el drama y los miedos.
😕😕😕 ¡Toma el coraje de hoy para ser tú mismo, y ámate, disffrútate!
Gracias, gracias, gracias
I know this may sound very difficult to even think about.
How can I possible be grateful when I feel the world against me? Ohh yes you cannot only do it but doing it will change completely your day regardless of the outcome.
💜🧡💛 Ohh yes I have been there, this week I almost allowed a external factor to get my nerves, when I realised what was my reaction to it – and forced myself to see the good in that situation – and I DID IT!
😌😌😌 What is the whole point to feel awful and compromising our health and wellness for something we cannot
change, and if we can change, get your boots on and make the move to change it.
First step to change it is to change your thoughts around it and – let it go- don’t give it the importance and
the power to blind your mind and your emotions – GET OUT OF IT!
. ¡Sé que esto puede sonar muy difícil de pensar. ¿Cómo puedo estar agradecido cuando siento el mundo en mi contra? Ohh, sí, no solo puedes hacerlo, pero hacerlo cambiará completamente tu día, independientemente del resultado.
💜🧡💛 Oh, sí, he estado allí, esta semana casi permití que un factor externo me pusiera nervioso, cuando me di cuenta de cuál era mi reacción, y me obligué a ver lo bueno en esa situación, ¡y lo HAGO!
😌😌😌 ¿Cuál es el punto central para sentirse mal y comprometer nuestra salud y bienestar por algo que no podemos cambiar, y si podemos cambiar, póngase las botas y haga el cambio para cambiarlo?. El primer paso para cambiarlo es cambiar lo que piensas a su alrededor y, déjalo ir, no le des la
importancia y el poder de cegar tu mente y tus emociones.
I am so grateful that today I am alive.
I have a new opportunity to change things and forgive and forget about my yesterday’s mistakes and the way I could have compromised my happiness and health.
😊😊😊 I am so happy that my heart is beating beautifully to keep my alive and my lungs are functioning greatly.
I have the opportunity today to become the person that makes me happy and enjoy my life with myself, my beloved and people around me because I don’t need to pretend to be someone else.
👫👬👭 I love myself with my virtues and flaws, with my laughter and my tears, with my ups and downs.
Today I will tell to myself and invite you to do the same- and let me know the way you felt about that:
I love my life and my life love me!
Thank you very much!
Estoy muy agradecido de que hoy esté vivo.
Tengo una nueva oportunidad de cambiar las cosas y perdonar y olvidarme de mis errores de ayer y la forma en que podría haber comprometido mi felicidad y mi salud.
😊😊😊 Estoy muy feliz de que mi corazón esté latiendo maravillosamente para mantener vivo y de que mis pulmones funcionan mucho.
Hoy tengo la oportunidad de convertirme en la persona que me hace feliz y disfrutar de mi vida conmigo misma, mi amada y las personas que me rodean porque no necesito pretender ser otra persona.
👭👬👫 Me amo con mis virtudes y defectos, con mi risa y mis lágrimas, con mis altibajos.
Hoy me diré a mí mismo y te invitaré a hacer lo mismo, y me harás saber cómo te sentiste al respecto: ¡Amo mi vida y mi vida me ama! ¡Muchas gracias!
The only way to move forward with our lives is to be happy. When we get satisfied in life, we get stuck. We stop moving because we stay in our comfort zone and then we start dying and getting sick.
😊😊😊 How can you be happy and start dreaming about different things you want to do in you life.
Who do you want to become in your life today? Start dreaming – keep going and moving forward.
Thank you for your time today. .❤❤❤
La única manera de seguir adelante con nuestras vidas es ser feliz. Cuando nos satisfacemos en la vida,
😊😊😊 Dejamos de movernos porque nos quedamos en nuestra zona de confort y luego empezamos a morir y nos enfermamos. ¿Cómo puedes ser feliz y comenzar a soñar con las diferentes cosas que quieres hacer en tu vida? ¿En quién quieres convertirte hoy en tu vida?
Empieza a soñar, sigue adelante y sigue adelante. Gracias por tu tiempo hoy.
Growing up, I always wanted live life differently. I thought that with time I could have become the person that I wanted to be, not realizing that I was losing myself. Now I’m taking my life back by becoming the person that I need to be, not looking back and regretting, but moving forward and living. #livingmybestlife#livinginthepresent#finallyhappy
What works for one family may not work for another. What feels like balance today may not feel like balance a week from now; seasons in life change, we grow, needs change, our kids grow, we redefine needs & then it seems we start all over again. In cutting out screen time in our family for over a month (see previous posts), & trying to find a new healthy normal, I've found there seem to be limitless options for where to go from here.
Turning to all of you has been helpful in both validating our family screen time struggles & giving great ideas & options to create balance. If you’re considering screen time changes in your home, these thoughts & suggestions may help you too:
@katherinewootton shared thoughts from her pastor’s sermon saying that we need to “be present & be engaged to really love people the way God wants us to.”
@darlabarclay (My mom!) feels happiest when she is off screens. I think that goes for all of us!
@independence4days tries to balance screens & getting out so they can explore. I know first hand she rocks at this. She lives a “field trip” of a life - often taking her boys on adventures! #sheinspiresme
@seethehappy banned screens over the summer. Now she uses an app that limits her kids to 30 minutes a day.
@heathermerriam is a mostly screen free family with the exception of sick days and an occasional #familymovie . I love this idea!
@thesoulfulroot likes to do media fasts or cleanses throughout the year. She says the balance & reset is helpful for them.
@mariah.wickham put her kids on a 40 day screen hiatus & is looking to make it permanent!
@workinghardraisingboys sticks to no more than an hour a day. Her family went without screens for a year & loved it!
There is no exact formula that works for everyone. Efforts in limiting screens and finding screen balance in your home allows everyone to BE MORE PRESENT, ENGAGED & HAPPY.
Mine & my family members presence, engagement, health & happiness are all worth striving for - even at the “cost” of cutting back on screens & finding a new balance! Balance means everything to me!
What does balance in family life look like to you?
Our November focus is all about being self aware and living in the present. So many people have anxiety about the past and about the future but if you actively focus on living for right now, this moment, it can help melt away some of that anxiety and stress about things that have already happened or things that may or may not happen in the future. Take a deep breath and focus on the right now and see if that helps! #infinitemindcare#caymanmindcare#IMC#mindcheckmonday#livinginthepresent#notpast#notfuture#now
~ B R E A T H E ~
Take some time today to feel your feet on the ground. Close your eyes. Inhale deeply and exhale fully. A moment of pause will allow us to realize there is space to slow down and appreciate this moment.
Gratitude, happiness and joy are going together.
If you feel that you have lost everything in life, feel depressed, discouraged, disempowered and sad –STOP making yourself a victim and really see those facts that confirm all the good things you are and you have and you might have taken for granted.
😉😉😉 Let go the addiction of feeling sad and complaining all day long and make no only yourself but people around you with the same negative energy. We do not really see how we put people around us under the same negative energy when the only thing we do is telling everybody that comes in contact with us how miserable we are and all the awful things that happen to us because we are such a “poor thing”. Stop making yourself a victim and start living fully and joyful. Give this a try.
Gratitud, felicidad y alegría van juntas.
😊😊😊 Si sientes que lo has perdido todo en la vida, te sientes deprimido, desanimado, desempoderado y triste: DEJA de convertirte en una víctima y ver realmente los hechos que confirman todas las cosas buenas que eres y tienes y podrías haber dado por sentado.
😉😉😉 Deja de lado la adicción de sentirte triste y quejarte todo el día, y no solo te hagas a ti mismo, sino a las personas que te rodean con la misma energía negativa. Realmente no vemos cómo ponemos a las personas a nuestro alrededor bajo la misma energía negativa cuando lo único que hacemos es decirle a todos los que entran en contacto con nosotros cuán miserables somos y todas las cosas horribles que nos suceden porque somos un " pobre cosa". Deja de convertirte en una víctima y comienza a vivir plenamente y con alegría. Prueba esto.
Well, we are having an unexpected day together due to Archer’s school having an emergency plumbing situation. Somehow the universe knew that I was pushing myself too hard and provided me with this very important day with my kiddo. We’ve explored the backyard this morning and have made leafy crafts. We all need to just slow down sometimes. #universe#mommysonday#toddlerhood#livinginthepresent
Make peace with your past!
Article by Anne Barratt, from Empowering Health, works with Kinesiology, Hypnotherapy, Mind Body Coaching & Energy Work to discover the underlying contributing factors to your problems, resulting in long last change for the better. “My next school reunion is approaching. It’s announcement stirred a lot of negative emotions, and memories. My strongest recollections from school days is of all the hurt and bullying I was subject to. But this was over 30 years ago, so why have I let it still affect me to this day. I’ve changed in that time, so it’s more than likely the bullies have changed too.
I needed to reflect on this more.... See website for full article.