I received this journal from my mother-in-law last Christmas. I’ve looked at a few pages here and there, but decided it would be fun to do a blog post about my journey through this journal! It’s very fitting at this time, as I feel that my life was completely overtaken and consumed by motherhood, so I’ve been doing more soul searching recently. I hope you enjoy this blog post, and maybe do some soul searching and self discovery of yourself. 🖤
It starts today. Rediscovering who I am on many different levels, after motherhood completely took over my life, and I lost track of myself, who I am as a person, and what makes myself “tick” so to speak. When will you start?
How many of us use these words on an almost daily basis, but at the end of the day, they are just words?
I can think of many situations where I was asked to do something, and I remember thinking “I would, if..” or “Well, I could, but…”
I could usually come up with an excuse quickly as to why I couldn’t or wouldn’t. So today, instead of saying “I might”, I said “I will”.
If only I could keep this mindset everyday! 😂 I have had a bad habit of letting my kids’ actions and behaviors dictate my day. I’m working toward changing that. I am the dictator of my own feelings and actions, and whether or not I choose to let my little monsters dictate how I feel.
Let’s be honest. Our days end up as better stories if we choose to make the most of a situation. Whether it’s a flat tire on the way to run errands or a toddler tantrum in the middle of the store, not letting our emotions effect our actions and ruin our day makes for better memories later. 🖤
Today I couldn’t get my computer software to load for work, and after fighting with it for an hour, I decided it wasn’t worth any more of my time. I went outside to play with my kids. We had a great day. Later, after my kids went to bed, I was able to get the software to load without a single problem in minutes.
Sometimes, we have to learn things the hard way, and sometimes it is by doing it over and over again. I’d love to say I have learned everything by doing it the first time, but that would be a lie.
There are many tasks or virtues I swear I have to relearn on an almost daily basis – patience being one of them. If it’s one thing that will be pounded into me through parenthood, it’s patience! We all have our breaking points, but looking back on my last 5.5 years of being a parent, my breaking points take longer and longer to get to. It’s not by much, but I’m learning through trials everyday.
Whether I’m on a walk, bike, or jog by myself, with the dog, or the family, I love to take time to stop and smell the flowers.
Literally, there are patches of wildflowers on our lake that smell so good! 😁🌻🌺 I love nature and I’m a big nature girl, but I also see this quote now in a different meaning. Instead of literal flowers, I have stopped during my busy day to day schedule, to take time to appreciate what I have, and where my kids are right now. My babies are growing up so fast, and I can’t take enough time to stop and see them where they are right now. ❤️
It’s true. As humans, we can be naturally selfish. It takes effort to go the extra mile, but in doing so, you’ve made a difference. You’ve made a difference to someone, whether it be another person or yourself!
It could be going to the gym when you’re just not feeling it, and powering though a workout to get to your goal, taking a meal to a family who just had a baby, or volunteering to be that big brother/sister at your local YMCA, making a huge difference in the life of child.
How did you go that extra mile today?
Servanthood. Some of the greatest people that walked this Earth, lived a life of serving others. I believe these people, at the end of their lives, were most satisfied with the time they spent in this life.
As a nurse, serving is part of my job. I see some people at their absolute worst, experiencing some of the hardest times in their lives, and if I can be a light for them, that is time and life well spent. ❤️