I often feel like I’m charging forward in life, while my heart runs behind me, trying to catch up. Journaling and physical movement provide much-needed space to “metabolize” emotion, so-to-speak, so that I can face life with clarity. This alone is worth the time investment required.
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My husband and I have this crazy idea. I mean the kind where you say it out loud and then you laugh because you can’t believe you just said that kind of crazy idea. We want to explore the idea of living tiny. Not Kidding The idea crossed my mind briefly after reading this awhile ago. You’ve heard […]
Time with them is slipping through my fingers, like water wildly gushing from a faucet. I know I can do nothing to stop or alter the flow. But I need to do a better job of closing my fingers and creating a cup to drink from and savor before it flows over and passes me […]
New Year’s Eve is one of those holidays that has changed significantly since becoming a parent. Gone are the days of meeting friends at bars. Heck, let’s face it — many of us don’t even see friends on this day, anymore. It’s a family day like most of the other 365 days in a year. […]
The holidays are definitely a time for family. However, sometimes navigating the when and where of seeing all that family can get a bit tricky. When my husband and I were first married, we both wanted to be with our respective families on Christmas. Instead of fighting over it, we just spent half a day […]
I didn’t really notice until it smacked me in the face. I don’t enjoy Christmas anymore. With all the hustle and bustle of the season, I wasn’t taking time to enjoy it. So Much To Do, So Little Time Outdoor decorations. Indoor decorations. Picking out the live tree. Getting it home. Putting it up and […]
But now we have come to what I call the sweet spot. The kids are between, say, 3 and 6. They believe in Santa and his magic. And they are suckers for all of the advertising on TV. They may be a little shy but parents or elves usually can coax them to at least […]
Be available. Make sure that you have time to talk with your kids. If they ask something that needs time, make the time. Schedule a special time to talk, go out to eat or talk a walk together. These conversations matter. If they don’t get the information from you, they’ll get it somewhere.
It is in this moment that I’ll remind myself, as I’ve done many times before, that I’ve actually already received every single one of these gifts. I don’t need them; they’re already mine. They may bury themselves down deep inside sometimes, but they’re there.
Each year since then, we have survived and come out the other end stronger. My husband sacrifices time with his family. His children sacrifice time with their dad. I sacrifice time with my husband and partner. But if you accepted the position, then you accepted the good with the bad and you do what you […]