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July 6, 2015

10 Things to be Grateful For

When looking for this months gratitude inspiration, I stumbled across this...


They seemed so simple that I thought I would take a moment a reflect on each one. This month, I encourage you to do the same and find gratitude in the simplest of things.

The early wakeups will come and go, the noise will quiet and the chaos and mess will soon be after thoughts when your children are grown and move on to lead their own adult lives. Be grateful for the lessons that you've taught them and the experiences you have shown them.

The laundry, the dishes. The dirt and grime of bathrooms. They may seem like daily chores, but in fact they are things in life to be grateful for, that not every one has.

I'm grateful for dirt, worms and bugs.
I'm grateful for superheroes, loud noises and farts.
I'm grateful for snuggles, stories and kisses.
I'm grateful for strong mamas, sweet babies and emotional dads.
I'm grateful for home, friends and wine.
I'm grateful for here, now and this moment.

What are you grateful for?

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July 2, 2015

Living with Intention

I find so often as moms we get wrapped up in who needs to be chauffered where at what time or, in the case of new moms with brand new babes at home, we live in a world of surviving (which is totally fine and a topic for another post this month). We turn on the auto pilot and do to just get by.

What if we changed the conversation and started doing things with intent?


While you might not know where you are headed at all times (I sure don't) you probably have some distinct feeling...a need to be where you are, doing what you're doing.

This is intent.

When we stop moving just to move, doing just to do, thinking just to think, talking just to talk...we live with intent.

Do you know where you are headed? Are you headed there with determination of heart and an open mind?

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July 1, 2015

Hill Sprints and Hikes...July Self Care Challenge

So the kiddos are on summer break....who wants to pull their hair out already? Is there wine in your coffee cup at 10am?

Just me? Oh, it can't be!!

I never realized how stressful it would be to be a fulltime business owner and a fulltime mom, especially in the summer with a very busy 5 year old who needs his sponge of a brain stimulated at.all.times.

So how do I take care of myself when life is at its busiest?


This month, I want you to get outside. I want you to run. I want you to bike. I want you to do hill sprints.

As a good friend of mine said on a training run back in March, be an active participant in life. Put your headphones on, crank your favourite music, or ask a good friend to go for a hike! (Jen, I'm looking at you, lady!)

Set the example for the rest of your family and tell them that you're going out for a while to run, walk, hike, or do sprints and see how proud they are of you when you get home. It's honestly, the best feeling ever!

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July Self Care Challenge, Get Active!

Ah the first month of summer vacation. Who's going crazy with me already? No? Just me? Surely there's another mom out there who is marking off the days on the calendar until the first day of school...

In any event! Here is this month's self care challenge.


The summer for moms typically means shuttling kids from camp to camp, playdates to the soccer field, beach days and so much more. It's exhausting and can be overwhelming even for the most super of supermoms.

This month, I encourage you to take some time out for yourself and do something active.

Alone.

For me, going for a run is my sacred me time. An hour and a half of just me, my music, the pavement and some space to breathe. I may think about everything, I may think about nothing. It's entirely up to me and it forces me to take a step back and do something really positive for myself.

Usually, I end up sprinting home, so I bust through the front door panting. In that moment, I feel a huge rush of accomplishment and my son, Owen, races over to me asking how my run was. He tells me that I did a good job, and that he either missed me or was worried about me (he worries about everything).

In that moment, I feel free. I feel a sense of clarity. I feel that I've shown my family that I can put myself first, and I feel proud of what I've accomplished.

Get out there. Get active!

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June 30, 2015

Fingers and Toes! June Monthly SelfCare Challenge Checkin

It's that time of the month where I hold you (yes, you!) accountable for taking time out for yourself! Whether you took a trip to the spa or locked yourself in your bathroom for a soak and to paint your nails, I certainly hope that you took time to rejuvenate yourself!


Show of hands...who went to the spa?
No?
There's still time to book yourself an appointment, and many spas have express manicure options if you are running short on time.
Would you rather stay at home?
Grab your polish or jamberry wraps, and head to the bathroom. Crank up your favorite music and dance around all silly.

Remember, the point of these monthly challenges is to inspire you to take time for yourself. Let go of the mom guilt, and treat yourself to something, whether it's a pedicure or a set of Jamberries that you've had your eye on. You deserve it!

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