5 years on…

Hello Tribe,

This is my first blog post for 2019. Honestly, there is some shame trying to creep in… And I have just kicked it to the curb. Because I know, that you know what the busyness of life can be like. So, thank you.

This morning, Facebook popped this reminder on my feed. A pic of the girls and I in 2014. At the Aquarium.

Look how little they are! 🙂

Immediately, my thought was that we had been on our own for 2 years already. We had already overcome so much. And had no idea what was going to be coming our way. And, we are together, smiling and hopeful.

We are still that. We have had wonderful blessings in 5 years, in spite of some painful challenges. As a little unit, we keep growing, moving forward and showing up. One day at a time.

To be honest, again – this was a reminder that I needed. We have come a long way. If I think about how I was feeling in 2014, there was so much guilt around making the decision to get divorced and the impact it was going to have on their lives. Looking at this picture, I also remembered a truth gem. When I was in the throws of the divorce, a wise woman told me that as long as there was one constant parent – the kids would be okay.

That is so true! Our family looks and moves the way it does, that’s right for us. And we are okay.

If this post does nothing else, let it encourage you to know that it will be okay.

Take it one day at a time. And be gentle with yourself as you do.

With love,

Ray

Everything will be okay!

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The magic of the Pause…

My last blog post of 2017 was about self-care and what a necessary practice it is. Read more here

My first blog post of 2018 is about the magic of pausing. The definition of the word pause is to – interrupt action or speech briefly. I feel that if we allow ourselves to pause it helps us practice better self-careTo stop the action and the speech and just take a breath. One of my tribeswoman has the word ‘selah’ tattoed on her wrist. It is the biblically used word which means to pause. She chose the word to remind herself daily to practice pausing. Love that!

I have been doing a lot of pausing. The past few weeks have brought some challenging moments. I alluded to it in my previous post. What stopped me in my tracks was being booked off with burnout. It was a hard time. I was forced to stop. I was forced to rest. I was forced to look at how I got to that place and reevaluate. I had to pause. And in doing that, to choose myself. I had to get still and consider the next right move for me.

I wanted to start the year with this reminder – to remind us that it quickly becomes a slippery slope when we don’t pause and when we don’t practice self-care.

So while I don’t have any firm resolutions for 2018,  I am very clear on self-care and pausing. I am clear on being intentional and practicing consistency. And trusting that. And always trusting Him†

I hope that 2018 is all you hope for, need and deserve. May it hold love, hope, joy and every blessing for you and your family.

With love,

Ray

 

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