Daily Snapshots – Day #21

“Sometimes the smallest step in the right direction ends up being the biggest step of your life. Tiptoe if you must, but take the step.”

I am grateful for … new beginnings. Whether it’s from a new job, new city, new friendship, new year…heck, you could consider the start of a new week or a new day a new beginning! New beginnings are great for re-energizing yourself, for letting go of things that held you down in the past and for giving you the conviction to take steps (baby steps or big steps) towards being your best and truest self. If you think about it, we can give ourselves a fresh start whenever we want…we just need to give ourselves permission to do so.

I am hopeful that… I spend the hours of my day intentionally and focus on my priorities, instead of falling into old habits. And challenge myself to … see when I’m falling into an old habit and pause for a moment to ask myself “Does this make my family healthier or bring value to their life? Does this make me healthier or bring value to my life?” Does this bring value to someone else’s life?”

I enjoyed … seeing the world with new eyes. While driving to work I noticed a bird’s nest in a tree and wondered what J would think if she saw it. I imagined how she’d be curious about who made it, how it got there, what it was made of, etc…and when I realized how much it took for that nest to be built I was in awe. what do I mean?

I mean a seed was planted to make the tree that bore the twigs and leaves (building materials), two birds would have mated to give birth to the bird that made the nest, that bird would have scavenged every twig and leaf, and spent hours building the nest…it was pretty impressive when I thought about it.

Then I drove a bit further and saw a hydro pole and thought the same thing – tree would have been planted, cut down and shaped at some lumber yard/plant to make it into a hydro pole. Somebody would have needed to stake it in to the ground, someone else would have fed all the wires through it, installed the attachments to make the wires stay in place, etc…not to mention another company would have made those wires and wire attachments…and on top of that someone would have had to initially plan and invent the structure of these things. A hydro pole! All that work! And here I sit pretty with the luxury of hydro because all these people contributed their individual parts…pretty cool.

Previous Challenge: I am hopeful that… I stay positive and focused when things get tough. To recognize my feelings when I get overwhelmed. And challenge myself to … allow myself to really feel and experience the moment I’m overwhelmed…soak it in…every last tense muscle, strained breath, quickened heart beat, racing thought…..be aware of it all and acknowledge on it.

Then breathe it out. And focus on how I can best attack the overwhelming challenges.

For breathing. For being flexible to embark on mini family adventures. For having time open to doing crafts as a family. For having time to catch a Sat. morning movie, if we so fancy.

For simply having the ability to live in the moment.

Update on Previous Challenge: I allowed myself to really feel and experience the “overwhelmed-ness” a few times the day I wrote that post. And then I forgot about it….but with the reminder I just allowed myself to experience it again…and it’s such a relief to embrace it, instead of fight it, then let it go.

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Daily Snapshots – Day #20

“Only as high as I reach can I grow, only as far as I seek can I go, only as deep as I look can I see, only as much as I dream can I be.” – Karen Ravn

Love this.

I am grateful for … medication, safe travels, and making it through an out-of-town conference on 2 hrs of sleep and a tired body. Thanks for hanging in there, Body! 😉

I am hopeful that… I stay positive and focused when things get tough. To recognize my feelings when I get overwhelmed. And challenge myself to … allow myself to really feel and experience the moment I’m overwhelmed…soak it in…every last tense muscle, strained breath, quickened heart beat, racing thought…..be aware of it all and acknowledge on it.

Then breathe it out. And focus on how I can best attack the overwhelming challenges.

I enjoyed … talking to my husband about the workings of hydro companies, asking questions about the effects of the current inflated prices on the industry, and learning a heck of a lot more than I ever thought I would about a topic I, quite honestly, haven’t cared too much to learn about.

Previous Challenge: I am hopeful that… I consciously block time in my family’s schedule for unwinding. For not going out of town. For not having company over. For not getting caught up on laundry.

For breathing. For being flexible to embark on mini family adventures. For having time open to doing crafts as a family. For having time to catch a Sat. morning movie, if we so fancy.

For simply having the ability to live in the moment.

Update on Previous Challenge: We have out-of-town plans with family this weekend. Given the current sickness and exhaustion, I called to say that we’d have to see how we were feeling and that there was a chance we might not come…and that if we did come, it would be for the day and not overnight.

I was creating flexibility! Unintentionally! But perhaps subconsciously because I had planted the thought in my head through yesterday’s challenge…way to go Subconscious Brain!

It felt so nice to not have the pressure in the back of my mind of “just get through this week to Friday…then make sure you get up early enough on Saturday to get to Toronto, have multiple visits then drive home that night…then take the girls Sunday morning to give H a chance to catch up on sleep. Then try to nap when they’re napping……………..pending there isn’t a backload of laundry that’s begging to be done, or something else which……”

Because really – that’s how my mind works. It was nice to say “Yup, we committed to something, but given the current circumstances, we need to reassess closer to the date to do what works best for our family.”

*big sigh of relief*

Daily Snapshots – Day #19

“You don’t always need a plan. Sometimes you just need to breathe, trust, let go, and see what happens.”

I am grateful for … God-given direction to slowdown. While battling an ear infection, throat infection and pinkeye…throw in a case of confirmed pinworms in J, and we hunkered down and stayed home this weekend, instead of the 4 hours of travel in a day + baby shower that were originally planned this weekend. Don’t get me wrong, it was terribly hectic, tiring, and uncomfortable, but I like to think of this being part of God’s plan to extend his hand and say I’m going to slow this right down for you. I’m not going to give you a choice but to slow down, rest, and get a bit more caught up on life.

I need that.

I often struggle with wanting to do more and believing that I can make anything happen if I just go for it and make it happen…but it often comes at the cost of rest. This is a second reminder to myself that too much of a good thing is too much.

I am hopeful that… I consciously block time in my family’s schedule for unwinding. For not going out of town. For not having company over. For not getting caught up on laundry.

For breathing. For being flexible to embark on mini family adventures. For having time open to doing crafts as a family. For having time to catch a Sat. morning movie, if we so fancy.

For simply having the ability to live in the moment.

I enjoyed … watching C dance for the first time (i.e. slightly bending her knees and lightly bouncing up and down). I love how the radio brings out all our family members’ dancey-ness.

Previous Challenge: I am hopeful that… our family continues to be open to new opportunities to grow personally, relish in new experiences, and grow as a family. Whether it’s trying a new sport, new food, or traveling to a new country.

Update on Previous Challenge: I think my new challenge fits nicely with this previous challenge (an unintentional coincidence!). I think that by creating more space in our schedules we’ll have the ability to do these things. I suppose the question is should I book these opportunities to ensure these experiences happen (which is my tendency), or should I instead block time in our schedules and keep a running list of potential things we can do…I think the more flexibility the better. 🙂

Daily Snapshots – Day #18

“F.E.A.R. has two meaning – ‘Forget Everything And Run’ or ‘Face Everything And Rise’…the choice is yours.”

I am grateful for … supportive people at work who listen, understand, and take action. A great job can be torture with difficult co-workers, and a messy job can be enjoyable (or at least tolerable) with supportive co-workers.

I am hopeful that… our family continues to be open to new opportunities to grow personally, relish in new experiences, and grow as a family. Whether it’s trying a new sport, new food, or traveling to a new country.

I enjoyed … asking J what she wanted to be when she grew up and after some thought she excitedly responded “I want to make food!”. She went on to share that she wanted to make pizza, bananas, water, ice, beer, hamburgers, calamari and pepperoni…and how she needed a restaurant book (menu) and suggested that we go to a restaurant to buy one. It was the best. [When we tried to re-create the magic over dinner she said that she wanted to work on a computer…the possibilities are endless when you’re 3!). Heck, if you think of it, the possibilities are actually endless when you’re 30!]

Previous Challenge: I am hopeful that… I stay motivated to better myself at work and at home and continue to set daily goals (there’s another set I keep by my bedside)  and challenge myself to … share these with someone in hopes that it will inspire them to set their own goals and give me a “goal buddy” so we can encourage each other.

Update on Previous Challenge: I did not do so well on this! The holidays interrupted my routine of setting daily goals…and to be honest, I felt the effects! During the time I wasn’t doing these daily goals I could sense myself feeling a bit lost…I noticed myself resorting to mindlessly surfing the internet or Facebook to fill time even though I was tired and would’ve benefited from sleeping earlier.

It’s hard to know where you’re going when you don’t know where you want to be.

Goals are my friends! I haven’t approached anyone to be my “goal buddy” (and completely forgot about that), but will look into this…