Enjoy something beautiful, truly enjoy it, and your heart will be joyful.
It is so easy to get caught up in what needs to get done, that the moments happening around us get missed. It happens to all of us. That is why, I have been focusing on being still everyday and soaking in the moments around me. If I just pause to enjoy the greatness that happens, I won’t miss out on the sweet giggles and loving stares across the room.
I was having a phone conversation with my good friend, Rebecka, yesterday about how quickly time passes. You blink and your kiddos are 18 ready to create a life of their own. If we are so preoccupied with tasks, we are going to miss these precious years of our children being little.
18 years will go by quickly. Even more so; because, I’m (or should I say we are) choosing to enjoy every minute of it. So, I want to focus on the moments when they happen. I want to create memories and take mental snapshots of them to remember forever. I want my kids to remember that Mama was a big part of their joy growing up – not that I was in the background scrubbing the house constantly or on my laptop working. So, I need to find a happy balance that fits in doing what needs to get done and soaking in the moments to fully experience them when they happen
Ludavia, how do I pinpoint a moment? Continue reading “How to Be Still”
This month, I have been focusing on choosing joy daily. I have been choosing to wake up each morning and choose joy and be intentional about finding it in the little things. If you are part of the @NiftyBetty Community on Instagram, you have seen many pictures of flowers, coffee, trees, my kiddos, sunsets, sitting down with a great book and my hat. There are probably more joyfuls in there. But, that’s off the top of my head.
These little things, that surround us all, help me to choose joy no matter what the day brings. They help me enjoy the life I was given and to show others the joy that is within my heart.
I was curious how others choose joy; so, I posted a question in a couple blogging groups that I am a member of asking how others choose joy and how to be intentional about noticing their surroundings that can lead to a joyous heart.
Hopefully, their responses help you find ways to Choose Joy Daily. Continue reading “15 Ways to Choose Joy Everyday”
I have hot-mess-hair days a lot. If you follow me on Instagram, you know. I am always thanking my trusty hat that saves the day.
I have come to terms that I have unruly hair. And that’s ok. It’s the hair I was given. Because of it, I have just gone with what my hair wants to do some mornings (most every morning). And on those days, I get comments like, “How did you do that? That is so neat!”
With my messy hair, no hair style can be duplicated. So, I always have a hair style that is unique.
But, enough about hair.
There are just those days that my clothes don’t fit right or I’m having a rough day where I cry; because, I’m overwhelmed.
We all have our good days and bad days.
If all of our days were good days, we wouldn’t have the opportunity to be stretched and tested. If all of our days were good, we wouldn’t discover the bravery that we have.
We need bad days. Continue reading “We All Need Bad Days”
William Shakespeare said, “with mirth and laughter let old wrinkles come.”
We must laugh often; so, our eyes light up and show the joy that is within our heart. With the laughter throughout the years, comes laugh lines around the eyes and in our cheeks. Every wrinkle proves how much joy we have had in our lives. So, why do we try to hide it?
I’m in my 30’s now. With that, I have a permanent wrinkle in my forehead, I have some creases around my eyes and I have one gray on my head. I try to think back to when I got my first gray. I’m pretty certain it was a few years ago. Thinking about it, I got my first gray when I had my first child. Hahaha! My mom always told me that my brother and I gave her grays! I suppose her wise words were true. But, she also told me that each gray represents wisdom.
So, if that is the case I still have more to learn. Continue reading “Aging Joyfully”
All too often, I look in the mirror and think, “I need to lose weight. I can’t wear a two-pieced swimsuit; because, everyone will see my stretch marks. How embarrassing. I have to wear loose clothing; so, no one sees the leftover pudge from the baby weight I can’t seem to lose.”
Why am I doing that? If I think about it, it’s vanity (all in the name of the beauty – a beauty that Emily, Christina and I have been working on rewriting). I have a set image of what my body is suppose to look like. It’s not there. So, I hide it.
I hide weight well, I’m told. I tell people my weight; and, they think I’m joking. I just pick clothes that hide what I want to hide. I wear high-waisted pants to hide my lower pooch. I’ll wear yoga pants when I can’t squeeze into my pre-baby jeans. I wear a flowy shirt when I have to wear my tight jeans. It’s a cycle I want to break. I want to embrace my post-baby body.
So, what if I shifted my focus on what my body is for instead? Continue reading “Embracing My Post-Baby Body”