✨Presence✨ . Because I’m too often distracted, multi-tasking, planning ahead, scheming work ideas, trying to remember what stage the laundry is at, scrolling Instagram... *ahem . Losing patience with my kiddos usually means I’m not fully present. So this is my #intention for the New Year. @lizzyrussinko asks this for a community-lead art project each year and I’ve loved having a word to anchor me. Setting an intention versus a resolution. There is not one direct path to a goal, my #wordoftheyear2019 offers me gentle reminders to revisit this intention. I know I’ll slip up and stray from it at times, but I bring myself back to my word and trust that I’m doing the best I can. It takes work, awareness, and the willingness to change, much like resolutions, but in a less failure-focused way. My words the last two years were Patience and Gentleness, so these continue to carry me through. . My biggest goal for the year is to enjoy these little humans to fullest, while they’re still little 💞 . Have you thought of a word to give you a bit of an anchor for 2019? I’d love to hear it! . Also, check out Lizzy’s page @lizzyrussinko to purchase the beautiful artwork full of inspiration and ✨good vibes✨
When I really need to go to the grocery store, but I desperately need yoga, then arrive late to the yoga class and sneak into the separate studio for my own 20 minute session (because stretch, breath, silence and stillness was happening this morning by all means necessary). While on my mat I think, “I need to go to the beach”. And so was my morning. The grocery shopping and final Christmas purchases will happen later... or they won’t... and it will all be ok. Moved myself to the top of the list. 💖
Two year old twins are hard. I will not cherish every moment (yep, I said it) because some of them are stop-your-heart stressful, head spinning and ear ringing. I will look back at this time in our lives knowing that I did my best. I enjoy and fully embrace the moments of “Love you, mama”, the hugs they share as twin brothers, the excitement as they dive onto cushions, giggling and shrieking with delight. But I will not feel guilty for admitting, this is hard. When people say “Enjoy every second, it goes by so fast!” I feel a twinge of guilt for thinking, there are parts of this journey that I won’t miss. . If you have followed me for awhile, you will know that I am grateful for every single day. I do not take any of it for granted. It’s ok to say, this is really friggin’ hard too. . So here I am in my most utilized yoga pose of the moment. “Legs up the wall” - with or without a wall. . I drop into this pose mid-day or during the bedtime routine when I want to tap out and wave the white flag of surrender. . Sometimes my kids mimic me and we pause together, other times they pile on top and the laughter fixes my mood. Either way, it’s a break in the constant energy of running this ship. And I breathe. . If you’re also drained, even with all of the awareness to fill your cup, I see you and raise my feet in solidarity. It’s ok to admit, this is hard. Join me and honor your body, brain and soul in a moment of rest. . I’m still carrying my #wordoftheyear2018 with me: Gentleness. Contemplating what my word for 2019 will be...
I’m in major simplification mode! I can’t make it to all of the holiday events. Decorating my already chaotic house just doesn’t seem logical this year. I will not wait in line for a screaming-child-picture with Santa. (Although, the next slide is one of my favorite holiday pics to date.) . People, I’m keeping it basic this Christmas. . One tradition I’m continuing is sending out our Christmas cards. It’s a little creative expression that I enjoy. Maybe because it’s something I was able to do on a quiet evening, without the twins destroying my work. 😅 The kids and I love this tradition of opening special mail and hanging the cards of our friends and family for the season. . If you also love giving and receiving “old fashioned” mail, check out @basicinvite for beautifully custom holiday cards. They are offering a 30% discount with the code: holi30 The site offers easy customization with beautiful templates. Plus, free addressing and self adhesive envelopes 🙌🏼 Yes! . Tell me how you’re simplifying your holiday’s this year! Because, as you know, our presence is what’s most important. Link in bio for more on our happily-basic-Christmas season ❤️💚 http://exercisingbalance.com/blog/motherhood/item/74-simplifying-the-holidays-keep-it-basic #sponsored
When I feel myself unravelling, I know it’s time to get outside. It’s my “I don’t know what to do with myself, but I know I’m going to absolutely lose it if I don’t get outside and breathe in some fresh air” mood. . Lately, my exercise has been a walk outdoors, as often as I can make it happen. I don’t track my distance. Usually, I have a time constraint and squeeze in 10-20 minutes. It’s nothing fancy, but it allows my brain to rest and my soul to wake up. . Simplicity has been a theme for me lately. I’ve felt myself craving more moments of quiet and calm. I hope you find some of this bliss in your weekend too. 🙏🏼✨✨✨
✨Unfiltered motherhood✨ . The cluttered countertops, leftover Halloween decor and lap covered in vomit. Can you relate? . There’s beauty here too though. It’s not what you initially see, but what you notice with a shift in perspective. A warm home, food to eat, comfort to share when my baby’s sick. It’s not magazine-worthy, but it’s full of love. I’m resisting the urge to add a cute IG filter here and just share an authentic moment of motherhood. Why is this a rare thing? Let’s share more of our unfiltered moments! . For a glimpse at how I found gratitude after being covered in vomit for the 3rd time that day, click the link my my bio for my latest blog post. I can’t help it, I’ll continue to be forever optimistic. ✨✨✨ http://exercisingbalance.com/blog/motherhood/item/73-what-s-the-bright-side-here-motherhood-unfiltered
✨The sacred work of mothers ✨ . It really can’t be measured or given a quantitative value. The hours put in seem endless and yet finished too soon. . I have no clue how much time I’ve spent under sleeping children, the amount of tears, bums and boo boos wiped, the miles paced in the middle of the night. Let’s not even talk about the laundry. While it feels lonely and thankless at times, all I can feel is ✨grateful✨ . There are times I miss my freedom, but then I pause to recognize this sacred work of mothering. To be the safest, most comforting place for my children to lean in to, to rest on, to feel love. There is no way to measure the magnitude of love shared and received. How powerful is that? And how rewarding 💕💕💕💕💕💕💕
This concept has been on my mind lately when I feel like bailing on my meditation, or that run I had planned on, or my “daily” (it’s more of a 3x a week occurrence) core & pelvic floor work. It’s really easy to make excuses for why I don’t have time *i.e. don’t want* to do these things that ALWAYS help me feel better. . “When you really want something, you will find a way. When you don’t really want something, you’ll find an excuse. Our words have power, but our actions shape our lives.” ✨@msrachelhollis ✨ . When I start to make excuses, I come back to the idea of this promise I’ve made to myself. To do better. For me. . We all make an effort to keep the promises we commit to for our friends and family. Do the same for yourself 💖 . The promise I kept to myself today was a run/walk, no matter the weather ☔️ and I feel happier & healthier for it.
The list is always there. Are you on it? Today before folding the laundry, I moved myself to the top of the list and meditated. I’ve recognized the importance of making myself a priority too. Lately, it’s something simple like, a reminder set on my phone for a weekly face mask, or making food that I want to eat, even if I know the rest of the family will complain saying soup is not dinner 🙄 Whatever. It is. . Today, it was the practice of moving myself to the top of the list and taking 15 minutes for ✨me✨ before more of the household stuff. . Keep trying. It’s not always easy. It’s not always consistent. But it’s absolutely important. You matter too, mama. 💞
A perk of parenthood is acting like a kid too. Although, if you know my husband, you’re aware he doesn’t need much encouragement in that department. He makes me laugh all the time, and that saves our sanity in this parenthood gig. . “A day without laughter is a day wasted.” - Charlie Chaplin . Did you hit any fun, fall festivities this weekend? I hope you jumped, climbed, slid, crawled and acted as silly as your toddler (or partner) 💛
Today was uhhhh, yeah, tiring. But then my friend, Lea’s words popped into my head “There will never be another moment like this”. It’s a reminder to be present. It’s also a reminder to be gentle with the intensity of motherhood. It all passes, like clouds drifting by. If you’re stuck in a rough patch, remember, it’s not forever. If your loves are lighting up your heart with their own sweet magic, pause to be fully present in it. ✨Right now✨ is where life is happening 💖 . My love-bomb tonight was twin-yoga-cleaning-magic.
Upper body workout, courtesy of twins, and yoga, but mostly twins. . My primary exercise is - momming. I am up and down steps, wrestling opinionated 2 year olds for diaper changes, hauling them in and out of car seats, folding and unfolding the double stroller, squatting, stretching, the list goes on... I honestly feel like I’m in some sort of 50 mile obstacle-challenge race every day. And instead of mud, it’s oatmeal. Or poop. 🤷🏼♀️ . This is why I yoga. It helps me pause. Breathe. Stretch in a non-cleaning-food-off-the-floor type stretch. Yoga clears my head and reminds me that I’m doing some pretty powerful work. Yoga brings me back to gratitude for my body, my babies, this life I’ve been gifted. It helps me to pause and be present, really present, to notice the good stuff, right in front of me. I could not imagine anything more beautiful or sacred. . I miss running, biking, swimming, barre class. But right now, this season calls for the mom-life-daily-marathon balanced out with yoga for some deep breaths of gratitude. We all deserve to slow down and press pause more often 🙏🏼 . What is your exercise of choice in this current season you’re living? Need a lovely compliment to the fast pace or high intensity? Join me on your mat at home. Click the link in bio http://exercisingbalance.com/shop for yoga during pregnancy or postpartum. . Favorite new ✨comfy✨ bralette from @baobeimaternity Plus I can nurse the twins in it! 🤱
🍎 My latest blog post shares how I incorporate math into our time spent making messes - I mean cooking - in the kitchen. 🍎 Let me know how you chat math with your kiddos. 👇🏼 And If you love it as much as I do! 🤓 🍎 Link in bio - http://exercisingbalance.com/blog/in-the-kitchen/item/72-math-in-the-kitchen-with-applesauce
I wish I could come to your house, sit and enjoy the meal you prepared, tell you how delicious it is, eat everything on my plate, using silverware, and a napkin, without any screaming or throwing of food and plates. I’d even help you clean up. Because, one day, this is what dinner-time will be like... . If it takes two hours that will be because we were enjoying each other’s company, not begging, pleading or bribing me to finish three. more. bites. for the love!!!!! 😤🤬😫 . So, tell me, what’s for dinner tonight? And I’ll tell you, “Mmmm, that sounds amazing” 🤗 . I hope the mess is minimal 🙏🏼 Mine will surely be another floor-buffet.
What if, before you worked out, you took a moment to ask yourself, “What do I need most right now?” Sometimes it’s energetic and active, other times, the day calls for something a little gentler. . The good news is, YOU get to decide! If you can pause and tune in, listen to what your body is telling you it needs today, then 🙏🏼 honor it 🙏🏼 . As a mom of 4, I’m drawn towards more gentle movement lately. Guys,✨ I’m tired! ✨But I know that moving my body, even if it’s a 5-10 minute session is better than skipping it all together. I’m not busting out a crazy intense workout, because, remember✨ I’m tired ✨ . I challenge you to tune-in, and move your body in a way the feels best to you this week. But get a little movement in! 🙏🏼💕💕💕 or a nap. Because, mom-life. . Need a little guidance? You can access my Prenatal and Postnatal yoga video’s here. [Link in bio.] http://exercisingbalance.com/shop . Each video is broken up into chapters so you can select a shorter workout depending on what you need today 💕🙌🏼💕 Love ya! You’re doing an amazing job. Always. . 📷 Sales:Creative
The emotional storms of our children, they’re hard to move through. All 4 of my loves experienced these sentiments at some time today. Doing my best to remain patient and present through each one is flat-out exhausting. There are times (when I can) that I have to walk away to try and compose myself. Literally counting down from 10 as I take some deep breaths. Repeating, “his/her actions are not my own” “this is not an emergency”. . For me, the most challenging outbursts are the ones from my oldest son. He is always so mature, responsible, considerate and joyful. It is a total upheaval for him when he loses it. As all humans naturally do. . I expect quite a bit from him and am always stunned when I see this very raw and vulnerable side. But then I remember, he’s seven. The most important work I can do is to simply be with him. To hold space. . It’s so difficult though! His emotional release is almost as exhausting for me. I coach myself through saying, “show him he’s safe. Remind him it’s ok to feel what he needs to. It’s ok to cry.” I ask him what he needs and if he doesn’t know, I just stay in the room with him and wait. . My hope is that he learns how to navigate these storms with some clarity and compassion for himself as he grows older. We must go through these emotions to grow-both he and I. I’m still growing too, I lose my sh✨t all too often. We’re all a work in progress, doing our best. I promise to give myself grace in this process. . Here’s to sleep (because everyone’s in bed early tonight 🙌🏼) and a fresh day tomorrow.