It’s Friday beautiful friends!!
The sun is shining.
Hubby is at the land with Bailey girl.
I’m sitting on our back deck doing what makes my heart happy: writing.
Baby girl is at school, learning and having fun on her “Culture Day” and I’m allowing baby boy tablet time while I feed my soul.
It’s not easy, this whole self-care thing. We have been so engrained to work, push, hustle, care for others, put everyone else first, bla bla bla bla. But friends, YOU MATTER. Every time I see another mama doing some self-care I just wanna jump through the screen and hug her. Yes girl. Be a queen. Meditate. Enjoy that glass of wine. Do some yoga. Read that book. Lay in the sun. Relish in the massage. Take that workout class. High five!!! It’s amazing at how much more you can provide to the rest of the world after you’ve taken care of you.
I’ve been very attuned lately with the universe and the quiet messages it’s sending me. This week is of course all about gratitude, but also just a little bit more.
I was once told it (in so many words) it’s amazing that I cook all that I do in my not so fancy kitchen. And I get it. I don’t have 10 foot ceilings, white cupboards, light grey walls, marble countertops and tons of island space, double ovens, Viking stoves– you get the picture.
However, what I do have is a passion for taking care of my loved ones and a love for creating delicious meals that fuel our bodies. I love chopping, stirring, mixing, baking and of course eating! When I play Frank Sinatra, pour a glass of wine and get to cooking, it never feels like work. Sure, I would love a big new fancy kitchen with all the bells and whistles, and it’s certainly on my vision board, but the fact is I know to enjoy the now.
At my chiropractor appointment this week we talked about this. I feel like he not only aligns my back/body properly but also my heart and mind! (Is it just me, or do you really find some people with the BEST energy and wanting to surround yourself with them all of the time?!) Anyway, he lives in a modest home in a nice, but busy area, and has his practice in the home he resides in. He went on and on to tell me how much he’d love a big fancy house, new this and new that, but it also felt really great to be in the financial spot he’s in. His son is going off to college in the Fall and essentially they are debt free at the moment.
I say all this because we can all get caught up in wanting more, the best of the best, and being unhappy and unfulfilled with where we are in life and what we have. Now I’m not saying to not dream big and crush some big old goals, but if you’re not enjoying what you have right now, or feeling gratefully abundant in all that you do have, maybe your mindset needs a little shift. God will not give more to us if we aren’t ready. If you find yourself looking left and right and feeling sorry for yourself, it’s time to take a step back and truly be happy for all the blessings in your life.
It ebbs and flows, and there are times I wish we already had our home built on our land with a swimming pool and all the fixings, but I have learned that we must time in the timing. It will happen when it’s supposed to happen. Life seems to be one big juggling act with so many moving parts; but beauty will always be in the silence.
The sticky hands of little ones who helped bake with you in your not so fancy kitchen.
The cuddles of your small dog on cold day.
The peace and tranquility of enjoying what makes your heart happy.
The tapping of your fingers on the keys of a laptop.
The birds chirping sweet songs.
The warmth of the sun and the cooling of the breeze.
The radiant colors of the potted flowers.
The smile from your significant other after a long hard day.
These moments are what make us.
So if you’re feeling a little off, make a list of things that bring you joy and take some time to check them off. Go volunteer, if that’s on your heart. Go bake your friend some cookies. Visit that grandparent. Send your mom a sweet text. Write. Read. Bathe. Whatever it is that you need to do, get grateful and work on getting your mindset right.