It pretty much makes my day when I get a little tip or hint that makes my life easier/happier/awesome-er in some way. So that got me thinking... Why not share the little (and big) things that make my life happy. The things I love. Enter: Things I <3 Thursdays
Not sure if you noticed, but it's already evening on a Thursday and I'm just now posting this week's Things I <3 Thursdays. It's just been one of those days/weeks over here. You know what I'm talking about. We all have them. However, I want to take a moment to share something that is very close to my heart... Something that I love.
Do me a favor, will you? Just watch this for a minute. But WAIT! There's rules: Stop what you're doing and listen. Really listen to the words. Promise? Okay, proceed...
This has been my mantra lately. And this video (as well as Colbie Caillat herself - go look up some of her other songs, she's amazing) has been so inspirational for me. As a mother to four young kiddos, a wife and a business owner (among other things - think: chef, friend, chauffeur, maid... you get the point), life can get really overwhelming. I have a tendency to get hyper focused on all the seemingly important things that I don't have time for in this season of life - things that really just don't matter. They don't. And that focus takes me away from all the wonderful things that really do matter - like being completely present with my children. Like having a real conversation with my husband or giving him a big hug after a long day. Things like helping a friend in need or smiling at a stranger. Or even things like noticing the beautiful world around me and taking a moment to show appreciation. Those kinds of things.
I don't know about you, but sometimes I feel like I'm doing so many things - and yet, I'm not doing a single one of them the way I'd really like to be. I feel like I'm constantly coming up short. And that's when I catch myself and switch gears. Those feelings don't help me accomplish anything and they certainly don't help me stay focused on the things that are of importance to me. So I stop and remember what my number one goal was for that day: To get up and to try my best. Key word: TRY. Mission accomplished.
I hope you can take a moment to pause and refocus on those things that really matter most to you. Take a moment to realize that you're doing a great job. Hey! You got up and you tried today. Maybe things didn't go exactly the way you wanted them to. Maybe you made a few mistakes. Well, guess what? That's okay. Here's one of my all-time favorite quotes:
"Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes courage is the little voice at the end of the day that says I'll try again tomorrow." - Mary Anne Radmacher
Hugs friends. Keep up the fantastic work. :-)