These are some of my favourite words.
To be honest, I wrestle with them. Often!
Sometimes it feels like too much of an ask. It feels unfair.
The juggle. The challenges. The demands.
There is also an invitation in these words. It feels challenging. Asking us not to settle. To keep pushing through. And I get it. Sometimes that feels like too much of an ask as well.
The thing is, whether we are aware of it in the moment or not, we do keep pushing through. And we keep showing up. Inspite of the juggle, the challenges and the demands. On auto-pilot a lot of the time 🙂
So when next I take a moment and read these words, I am going to be gentle with myself. And give myself a high five! I hope you do the same, magic makers!
because you are strong enough…
I just love these words from @iamhertribe.
Recently, I’ve been seeing posts by newly single-mom’s. The start of that journey is so hard. And painful. And feels lonely.
So I reached out.
I would like to invite you to do the same, please?
‘be the outstretched palm that allows someone to be seen. heard. and not so alone today.’
I have thought about writing this post for a while, especially during Valentine’s month 🙂
Because boy, was the pressure on during Feb! My girls, God Bless them, are so ready for me to start dating. And remarry! #Jesustakethewheel
And they have given it some very serious thought. They had a serious list of reasons why they thought this would be a good idea. One of my favourites being, ‘so that you can have some help’. Like I live alone!
I appreciate their concern for me, and that they are looking at the right reasons – for the most part – for me to explore a relationship. I think they worry that I may be lonely or that I will always be single. What warms my heart is that they are okay. They understand that my relationship with their Dad has a different context now, and they are okay with that.
They feel safe and secure enough to be this open with me, and make their ‘concerns’ known.
It also reminds me of how important love is. For all of us, especially single-Moms.
So, to the magic-making-single Mom’s out there, let’s keep reminding ourselves that we deserve that love too.
Now – all that’s left is for me to pluck up some courage!
A quick thought this Thursday morning!
I try my best to be a Mom that shows up. And for the most part – I do. In my human way. I think I am brave and can face pretty much anything.
The one thing that really does test my resolve?! A puking kid!
Jesus take the wheel! I just can’t.
Poor Beks puked spectacularly last Friday night (while she was sleeping), around 12.30pm. And as I heard her big sis, Bella, call out to her – the words in the pic popped into my head. Sheer avoidance tactic of having to face the inevitable. You will be pleased to know I did not leave it to Bella to sort out, as tempting as it was.
I showed up. I took care of my baby girl, did 3 loads of washing until 3am Saturday morning. Gave her a spot in my bed. etc. etc. I must admit though, I caught myself huffing – ‘I hope you plan on puking at your Dad’s next weekend. Same time. Same way’. I know. Not ideal. She did not hear me. Promise!
And then we rolled with what the weekend brought us.
That’s all we can do, Moms. Roll with it. And do what we must. 🙂 Better yet, dala what we must 🙂
One day at a time!
Keep making magic!
‘Last night my girls and I spent our first night in our new home. Dinner, popcorn and Thor! All is right with the world. #Grateful #LifeWithLittleGirls’…
This memory popped up on my Facebook feed this morning. A memory from 2013! And it forced me to pause.
We have come a long, long way.
I needed this reminder. Today.
When I get focused on what lies ahead, the decisions that need to be made, daily. The juggling that needs to happen, daily. Where I think we are in our lives, the frustration that arises if it’s not where I had hoped we would be. And then the next rabbit hole is how to get us there. Quicker.
We are getting there. We will get there. Look at how far we have come.
One of my tribes-woman :), is a yogi and shared a wonderful encouragement her instructor uses during their classes – ‘Slowly, slowly and everything is coming’…
So, today I hope that wherever you find yourself, whatever you may be thinking about your journey thus far, be gentle with yourself. Pause for a moment. Look back – to remember how far you’ve come.
And feel the gratitude that arises.