Mom Needs Calm

Books And Blanket Forts

I just spoke those words to my daughter. It sounds like the title of a Dr. Seuss book. I don’t want to overreact or spaz, or yell or melt down. It’s important that I let her know that I am feeling stressed. And it’s okay if I need to take a minute and listen to some calming music. I will aways give her the same curtesy.

Life can be busy and hard, and somedays it feels like it’s coming from all directions. And while we’ve all had to put on our big girl britches and deal with it; it’s not always easy. Young adults, older adults, and kids can all suffer from overwhelm. Sometimes life is just too much. Everything is happening all at the same time, and we feel like we want to tuck our heads under our pillows until it all goes away.

But that’s not what we really want. We want a vibrant, passionate, active life. And that can feel like a high wire balancing act. We want it all; but are we willing to sacrifice our sanity to get it? We shouldn’t. I’m a firm believer that we can in fact, have our cake and eat it too. That’s what cake is for! That’s what life is about!

Yes, there are going to be highs and low. But we shouldn’t dwell in either place too long. Enjoy the high while it lasts. Take the time to get through the lows. And know when to step away from it all. Not to give up, but to pause and reflect.

It’s totally okay to fill a blanket fort with pillows and books and leave the world behind for a couple hours. Or just plug your phone in and walk away for a day. Do something enjoyable. Allow yourself to disconnect from the rest of the world. It will still be there when you get back. And you will return rested and ready to take it all on.

TAAADAAA!

Wow! What a year it has been! I decided to go back to school. I know, what a crazy decision. Full time work, full time single mom, and school! But wow! I was not expecting the amazing whirlwind it has been.

I’m being creative again. I’m meeting people. Stepping out of my comfort zone. And the collaboration has be awesome. My day job is a good job with a great company. But dang is it boring! I had forgotten the excitement of creating. Creating art, creating projects, creating written word. I had forgotten how much I love to write.

Now that I have the first semester behind me, I’m realizing just how much I’ve changed in one semester. I’m more confident, more hopeful, more alive. And now that I know what I’ve been missing I need to focus on what I’m doing and where I’m going. I need to stop going with the flow and remember that I know how to swim. I can choose my destination. I am capable, I am strong, and I can do more and be more.

This is my first post. This is my new beginning.

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