Sweet Girl, I want you to know that celebrating is not just reserved for birthdays and holidays. In fact, every day that we wake up is cause for a celebration in and of its self.
To show you this, I must be careful in my actions. I don't want you to see me working hard, all of the time with no pause for celebration of accomplishments. Personally, I know that this has been a hard area to model a best practice behavior. Over the past year, you have seen me jump from one task to another seamlessly for months on end. Yes the to-do lists get done, but with each accomplishment, we have taken little time to celebrate.
I want you to know how to live free from the incesent need to accomplish. I want you to know that my love for you, is not based in your accomplishments. To show you that, I need to slow down and recognize my own faults in this area...
I want you to see the joy that can come from uncovering new and wonderful details that can make our lives richer and more full of love. No detail is too small to appreciate and look at more closely. So I will make sure that I am uncovering new and wonderful details in while we are together each day.
I want you to see me chase new things to learn, so that you know that learning is not just something that happens, but something that you need to pursue. I know that this may seem that my learning is taking time away from our play, but in the years to come, I know in my heart that this effort will help instill a love of learning for you too. You will learn to trust your gut on your learning path, and not just the course that is set out before you.
I want you to feel the incredible feeling of pursuit. So when you show interest in an...
And in order to do that, I must deliberately live a brave life.
I don’t want you to learn about bravery by me cheering you on from the sidelines. I want you to see me engage in brave acts, so that you know how to fully engage in brave acts yourself.
I want you to see me be brave for a friend who is going through treatment, so that you know what it is like to be brave for a friend too.
I want you to see me be brave for myself by continuing to take steps forward with my businesses and experience joy from the bravery that is found in standing up for those who have been broken. That being brave doesn't always mean that you win one huge victory, but that you win bit by bit every single day that you choose to take back ground for those around you.
I want you to see me deliberately choose to be brave...
It wasn't till we were in the midst of the 7th week of shutdown in a global pandemic, that I realized what level of grace I needed to model so that you could start to give yourself grace. We show some level of grace to ourselves on a regular basis, but in the unhurried still that has become our new rhythm of life, our opportunity for grace that we can show ourselves is boundless. I want to show you that I am willing to give myself grace for letting go of that hurried, and dominant level of expectations for myself.
I want to show her so badly that I am capable of showing myself grace, because I know that she will need this self-awareness to harness what is truly good in her own life. To reset my core values, and to give myself a lighter burden. It is only in this way that she will...
I want to show you that it is okay to be hopeful, and that being hopeful nearly always results in a positive outcome. I want to show you how to hope so that you will naturally have hope as your default mode of operation, instead of worry. The past few weeks we have been in a happy little bubble of hope, and it is my goal that you will be able to look back on this time as an adult, and remember that hope, peace, faith and love were at the center of this experience. We aren’t keeping you 100% completely sheltered, you know that things are quite a bit different in our lives right now. You know that there is a virus, and we have encouraged you to ask questions. We encourage your questions, because we know that this is hard to process as an adult, and even harder to process as a 6 year old, whose life has changed so much in the past 13 days.
I want to be at peace with my body, with all of its flaws. I am at peace with the mommy pouch that made it possible for me to become a mother. I want to only use positive words about my face and my body, whether you are with me, or at school. I want you to know that I am comfortable in my own skin, to the point that it seems a little odd to hear that someone else is not. I am proud of the fact that you had to ask me what the word “fat” meant when learning sight words. You hadn’t heard it yet, and didn’t quite understand it’s meaning. Though you don’t know how life shattering that word has been to many women, I know that our society will open your eyes to deemed perfection at some point. So I want to make sure you have a strong foundation to pull from.
I want you to know that you have a strong body that can accomplish many...
I want you to truly know who I am, because I know that will only help you know who you truly are.
Just the pure adventure of getting to know each other better.
How do I take the time to make sure that you know who I am today?
When you wake up early in the morning and find me in the office with a dim light studying, I will continue to study. At least, for a few minutes while we snuggle in my green desk chair. You see, I bought the larger sized chair knowing that you would want to climb up there with me. I wanted you to fit, and to know that you fit right there by my lap as I stroke your soft strawberry blonde curls. I want you to know that studying is a big part of my life, and that I thoroughly enjoy learning new things. I want you to know that it is ok to love to learn, and actually enjoy the process of learning. When you ask me about what I am reading, I want to make...
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