This boy right here is pure sunshine. He’s such a light in my life. And even when times are rough and days are hard – we get through it. There will always be challenges but if there is anything motherhood teaches you, it’s how to be strong. There is no way around it. Elliot’s smile is a reminder to keep going, to keep moving forward. I just love him so much.
Today we celebrated Elliot turning 5 and was such a nice day with family. I am so happy we were all together for his birthday and he had a blast
Elliot, you are such a light in our lives. Always smiling and cheerful, bringing sunshine and laughter wherever you go. I love your silly and quirky personality and how curious you are about the world around you. You’ve grown into such a talented little artist – between drawing/ painting, dancing/singing, and how much you love to act – it truly makes my heart happy. I’ve deeply enjoyed teaching and learning all about nature with you this past year and cannot wait for what’s to come. You are such a smart, thoughtful, and kind boy, it makes me so proud.
Watching you develop has been such a blessing and I am so honored to be your mother. I will always be here for you… to support your dreams, comfort you when you need it, and keep you safe. And I promise to do my best to give you every opportunity to thrive in the best way possible. Keep shining my love. I simply adore you
My silly boy on his first day back to school last week. He is such a light in my life. Always smiling and laughing and just overall happy. It’s a beautiful thing to see. Lately I’ve been so proud of him. Mostly because he is finally potty trained. Last Sunday we put the underwear on and didn’t turn back. Within a few days it was official. There were many attempts before this so you can imagine how excited and relieved I am. If you have kids you know how much of a big deal this is. Also, Friday was his first full day of school and he did great. Like I said, I am just so proud of him. Being a mom is a crazy job but I am pretty damn lucky to have this sweet, kind, and amazing little boy to keep me on my toes.
I remind myself this every day. Even though it’s pretty damn hard to put myself first when I have a family and two dogs to take care of, a home I constantly tend to, finances to stay on top of, daily things on my list to check off, and growing my business. Sometimes I feel like all the busy is smothering me and it’s hard to find the time to put me first. I know a lot of women, especially mothers may feel this way. And I hate it. This is a main reason I don’t want another child. It’s just too much of a balancing act and another kid would make it even harder. Besides, I always wanted just one so I’m completely happy and content with the sweet boy I have.
For me, adding more to my plate is NOT the answer. I want my life to be easier, NOT harder or more challenging. And I feel like this is a way of thinking that helps me thrive a bit more. It’s the idea of a simple life that allows me the time and space to put me first and love ME more. And also to be more creative which I NEED. I don’t want my life to just be #busy. I want my life to be fulfilling and enjoyable. I want to feel calm and happy. I want to feel at peace with myself and my thoughts. When there is too much to do that is not how I feel. And that’s why I am always trying to simplify, streamline, and lessen the burden of life.
Because LIFE should not feel like a burden. It should be a steady flow of happiness where you thrive and grow. And that’s my goal. It’s in this way of life that I can focus on myself and be the best me I can be. And we should all want that. When we put ourselves first and tend to our needs we can be our best selves for the people we love and also project that authenticity to the world around us. So treat yourself well because you deserve it. Treat yourself well because you are the only person who truly can. Treat yourself well because you are truly worth it.
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