Because I Am

Fill in the blank: Kind. Funny. Smart. Determined. Worthy. This coming Monday March 8th will mark International Women’s Day. How will you celebrate? I’ll be giving thanks to the amazing women in my life but I will also be celebrating me. In 2015, I wrote a short post dedicated to this day. I answered the age-old question, if you could tell your younger self anything, what would you say? Reflecting back on that post made me realize my ‘younger self’ Continue reading

On Motherhood

I’m walking down a corridor in a popular mid-town mall with a couple of my best friends when we pass an adorable baby with endless chub. Then it suddenly occurs to me- I also have one of these. I, too, am a mother. This scenario always happens when I least expect it. It’s an odd feeling, as if it only just occurred to me that I also created human life. “Someone actually let you be a mother?” is a thought that pops into my head every single time; like I needed permission to push a 10 lb. meatloaf out of my own vagina. No, there is no aptitude test for parenthood. One day you’re not a parent and the next day, well, you just are. Here is a quick synopsis of what actually happens in the process (in case you weren’t aware): Continue reading

Let It Shine

Ever get the feeling that time is slipping through your fingers and all you can do is watch in motionless horror? It’s the second week into 2019 and already I’m in a panic thinking about all the things I still have to do before I return to work in October- after my luscious 18-month maternity leave. If I looked up studies on mood levels around this time of year, I get the feeling they’d likely note that this is the week when all the excitement of the New Year dips low and all the goals we made for ourselves start to go by the wayside. We start to get suffocated by the clouds rolling in and instead of the New Year “I can totally do this” attitude, we might slowly transition into the “but can I really?” phase.

When I feel these negative feelings creeping in I try to be proactive in recognizing it, calling myself out on it and doing what I can to practice gratitude in order to stay positive. This is, of course, easier said than done. Here are some ways I have found helpful to combat these impulses from dragging me under. Continue reading

Feeling Blue?

Something to think about the next time you are feeling low and stressed. I read the following in the paper:

Cultivate gratitude
Carve out an hour a day for solitude
Begin and end the day with prayer, meditation, reflection
Keep it simple
Keep your house picked up
Don’t overschedule
Strive for realistic deadlines
Never make a promise you can’t keep
Allow an extra half hour for everything you do
Create quiet surroundings at home and at work
Go to bed at nine o’clock twice a week
Always carry something interesting to read
Breathe- deeply and often
Move- walk, dance, run, find a sport you enjoy
Drink pure spring water- lots of it
Eat only when hungry
If its not delicious, don’t eat it
Be instead of do
Set aside one day a week for rest and renewal
Laugh more often
Luxuriate in your senses
Always opt for comfort
If you don’t love it, live without it
Let mother nature nurture
Don’t answer the telephone during dinner
Stop trying to please everybody
Start pleasing yourself
Stay away from negative people
Don’t squander precious resources: time, creative energy, emotion
Nurture friendships
Don’t be afraid of your passion
Approach problems as challenges
Honor your aspirations
Set achievable goals
Surrender expectations
Savor beauty
Create boundaries
For every “yes”, let there be a “no”
Don’t worry; be happy
Remember, happiness is a living emotion
Exchange security for serenity
Care for your soul
Cherish your dreams
Express love everyday