It feels like ages ago when I took this picture of my little Heidi-fan when actually it‘s only been a few days. But a few days where all of your kids have fever and you‘re feeling horrible too but just need to function can feel like half a lifetime, right? Yet during this time I was so vividly reminded of the power we Mamas have to make or break the direction that the atmosphere at home takes. At some point in the week I started doing my Mama duties with a big groan, I was feeling horrible and actually just wanted to hide under the duvet with hot tea. My husband gently reminded me that considering our little people weren’t doing well my negative attitude wasn’t helping. An that‘s all it took - a gentle reminder. My attitude changed right there, the atmosphere instantly improved and despite having a house of sick people we were still able to have a really good time together. Even though it sometimes FEELS like hard work, positivity has a Domino effect and ripples through the people around you. And at the end of the day, we grown-ups hold responsibility for how our home feels and the vibe it has - no matter what is going on❤️ • • • • • Guten morgen Ihr lieben! Und Hallo❤️ an alle neue Follower 👋 Generall schreibe ich meinen Text hier auf English - gelegentlich übersetze ich ihn dann auch auf Deutsch. Ist das okay für Euch? Wir waren vor ein paar Tagen auf dem Bauernhof und seitdem hatte ich mit lauter kranken Kindern (und ich auch krank) zu kämpfen. In diesen Tagen ist mir wieder klar geworden wie wir Mamas tatsächlich durch unsere Einstellung die Atmosphäre zu Hause maßgeblich beeinflussen. Sind wir schlecht drauf und lassen es allen wissen wird es den Kindern auch nicht gut gehen, aber wenn wir das überkommen können und den Tag zuversichtlich mit Positivität starten können dann werden wir sehen wie unsere Kleinen vor unseren Augen aufblühen 💗 • • • • • • • • • • • • • • #bethegood#bestofmom
The only solution to experiencing something beyond fear is to do something about it. To get up out of bed and live. Don’t be afraid of mistakes. Don’t be afraid to learn. Making a choice — any choice — is better than confining yourself to fear continuously. Have faith in your power to choose, and in your power to act upon those choices (especially that part). You don’t have to be right. You just have to be courageous.
It's Day 5 of the AJ Apothecary 2-year Anniversary Celebration! . If you enjoy exercise and outdoor activities today's blog post is for you! I am sharing my favorite fitness equipment brand, @Live.Infinitely! This business offers high quality, well designed equipment for exercise and outdoor adventures. I love their exercise ball, resistance bands, foam roller, and insulated infuser water bottle! Check out the blog for more details, and don't forget to enter to in today's giveaway gift from Live Infinitely! https://www.ajapothecary.com/live-infinitely/
One of the core things about learning how to be productive and learning how to focus involves balance and being present. ... Focusing on the task at hand is getting harder and harder with all the distractions of our daily life...sometimes it's about figuring out where to really begin. ... Make sure to balance focused attention with moments of letting the brain "take a breath". And remember that whether your focusing or relaxing you are truly present. ... ...
What can happen in a month!! It was only a few weeks ago Annika and I were chasing colors along the lake in northern Michigan. Now the leaves are nearly gone, the frost has come night after night, fall is giving way to winter. And this girl just passed the 300 mile mark way yonder on the Te Araroa trail through New Zealand !! Proud of you, lady!! 🤘🏼
I know, it is not even Thanksgiving yet BUT today is the last day to order your @allgoodthingscollective Advent Calendar!! It is such a great tool for the holiday season! It is part of our Christmas traditions every year and this year they added daily prompts on the back of each card and we are so excited about that!! 🎁🎄 Use Code: OAKANDOATS15 when you check out to save 15% off your order!! Probably get some Christmas gifts while you are there!!
Day 17 of #myfulllife, today's prompt #rest I've been learning to practice this only recently. There's so much wisdom in scheduling time for it the same way we honour an appointment on our calendar. For a very long time I didn't. In a previous life I'd work insane hours feeding a need for busyness that after many years left me burnt out. Pausing and taking time to rest felt like a weakness and other than scheduled vacation time once a year, rest felt guilty to me. These days I'm learning that just as rest days are essential to a healthy running routine, and need to be scheduled in order to perform well on the days I run; resting regularly is equally important for my week's work to be done well. This week has been LONG. Really good but I feel the fullness of it in how tired I am. I caught myself earlier today beginning to feel guilty, like I needed to be productive and busy, instead of slow and spent. But then I realized I did spend myself fully into the week's chores, appointments, people and projects that God has called me to this season. And felt compelled to embrace and learn to just be and rest. Love how God, being supreme and one who does not tire, still modeled this for us. As Genesis states, after His creative work, He rested. And later in Deuteronomy, through Moses, He provides instruction for the people, to rest. It always strikes me how His rythm is never rushed, after all the Bible says He is not a God of disorder. A slow pace and gentler rythm to my days is not something that comes naturally for me, but the results thereof make the times that are hard and busy much more meaningful. Rest helps make what is not rest, better.
“Sometimes, you read a book and it fills you with this weird evangelical zeal, and you become convinced that the shattered world will never be put back together unless and until all living humans read the book.” ― John Green, The Fault in Our Stars I am an AVID reader, and a majority of my inspiration in art and my spiritual companions are books. There are the classic literature stories that I think should be mandatory reading for all human beings such as - Pride and Prejudice, Gone with Wind, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Chronicles of Narnia, Orthodoxy by Chesterton and so many more. . Thank you for allowing us to share part of our story this week and allowing us to tell you about the next chapter that is coming with @the_greenhousecollective & @meaningfulmarket . Now I am dying to know what books are you zealous about and think everyone should read?