✨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