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...
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...
Today we are looking at how we can help our children start journaling. Journaling is a great way to process all of those emotions and feelings that we are experiencing this Global Pandemic. It is also a great way to capture those wonderful moments that we want to remember. my two most favorite journals that Daisy and I use together are The Loom Journal and the Write The Word Journal, both of which are guided. Pick something that is age appropriate and that has guided subject matter that your child is interested in.
Tips to help get your child started:
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...
Strong, Beautiful and Worthy
Have you ever been so passionate about something that it hurt? Like it physically hurt every time that you talked about it. Like there was so much passion bubbling up inside that your passion alone could complete its own marathon? Like nothing could stop you from sharing that one thing with others. Like, everyone…or at least anyone who would listen? Do you know that level of passion. Do you know that level of drive?
I have been at this for so long, that you would think that this overflow of passion would somehow dry up, or fade away, or in some way be squelched by the trials that life has brought me. It hasn’t. In fact, it has only gotten stronger, more vibrant, and more intense as time goes on. I don’t know if it has anything to do with the process of getting older or with the fact that I have survived 2 significant illnesses over the past 7 years and a myriad of other potentially life controlling issues. Perhaps that has given me a...
Sticks and Stones is a Farce
Have you ever heard the old adage “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words can never hurt me?” To be totally honest, I am not even sure that kids these days even hear this, but I know my generation sure did. It was engrained into us from a very young age. It was the parental guardian’s answer to a child any time that they had hurt feelings over something that had been said to them. I remember having to repeat it time and time again when another child said something hurtful. I remember hearing my friends repeat it alongside their parents when they had been told something mean by one of their friends.
This is not about the choice to take offense or not when someone has hurt our feelings. This is about the message that we are sending our children. The message that was loud and clear in my generation.
So what is that message? What are we telling our children? The conceptual idea...
The FINAL TIME OUT
Has the past week been a little awkward saying so many good things about yourself? Do you feel like you’ve gotten a little stronger mentally? My genuine hope is that you gain strength every day through speaking your affirmations. The path to healing and freedom from your internal monologue is just a few short minutes away. You are Strong, You are Beautiful, You are Worthy. Let’s take that step together to dismantle that mountain rock by rock. I am right here with you, are you ready to take the next step?
Are you ready to finally break free from the second list? Are you really ready? Then we have got some serious work to do. This TIME OUT is for those who are truly ready to stop punishing themselves with their internal monologue.
I can only imagine what you have written down on this list. After all of the horrible things that I have heard women say about themselves out loud I can only begin to fathom the...
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