Finding a quiet spot, along the river, I take a deep breath in, holding it and slowly exhaling.
With my pen and journal book in hand, my task is to reflect on my year. Did I do all I can to be present, loving and supportive of my children? Did I meet the goals set to help move me towards my dream? Did I step In the Arena to serve others in the area that aligns with my purpose? Did I do all that I can to be healthy in mind, body and soul?
I put pen to paper acknowledging what I did well, and the areas where I dropped the ball.
Being that I am alone in my reflection, I smile gently and pen that I have made a more concerted effort in spending quality time with my beautiful children- yet own up to where I can do better particularly with actively listening to them.
Life can be messy and the craziness of our days and nights can certainly wear us down. My kids and I have learned to manage our time more effectively this year and even more importantly, learned to laugh at ourselves in the midst of crazy schedules and mishaps.
At least we learned dogs don’t mind eating Cheerios for breakfast!
I have kept my eyes open and have remained on course with reaching my dreams. Are you sacrificing your dreams? I encourage everyone to always keep this in the forefront of your mind-as it can be a driving force that keeps you going on the daily. Even if all that you can take right now is baby steps towards these dreams keep moving forward.
While I continue to serve my two torches- I took a slight slip not in the Why I do it (which is to build trusting relationships, create deep connections & empower children and veterans) but rather in the How. I truly believe that everyone has a purpose to serve while on God’s good earth.
I allowed myself to fall into thinking and believing I wasn’t serving on a big enough scale and with that mindset began to believe I wasn’t making a difference at all; that somehow I wasn’t ‘leading’ as I should be or could be. Tony Robbins has been widely successful in the self help industry and by all accounts, has helped countless people in changing their lives for the better. The large stage and mic works for him. I also see every day amazing people who are changing the world one selfless act at a time, quietly without social media or any fanfare. Everyone is different in How we choose to serve our purpose. As a teacher and active in community outreach, it is so important for me to create trusting relationships with the people I serve so that they know I am in their corner always and that they are not alone in the fight.
Perhaps the greatest challenge and changes in my life this year were taking care of me. I bet some of you can relate to this. We get so caught up in the daily grind and taking care of others that we often put our own physical, mental and emotional health on the back burner. Yep, us Moms are really good at this(Insert sarcasm)! When I reflect on what is the most important part of my life- my children, I know I can’t be all they need me to be unless I am strong and healthy. Chiari is a lifelong battle for the kids and I however it is one that has not and will not knock us down for long.
Getting our bodies up and moving each day increases our happy chemicals in our body which of course improves our moods, and reduces aches and pains.
I wouldn’t recommend forking over a bunch of cash for a gym membership if you’re not the gym type. Find a regimen that you enjoy and you will commit to each and every day. And as Danny over at Dream Big, Dream Often always reminds us- “stay away from that pie.”
For me, it entails getting up at 5:00 each morn, spending a few minutes focusing on deep breathing, stretching, resistance training and daily reading with breakfast. After work, it involves yoga, resistance training, taking my Lab for walks or a light jog.
I love being among nature as much as possible and enjoy taking long walks or bike rides on our many nature trails.
With new writings in my journal, I now have clarity and direction for the coming year. The last thing I pen is what matters most… to forgive; myself and others. We are bound to falter even with the best of intentions- Always get up, keep a sense of humor and be kind to others.
Wishing all of you a joyous New Year!
See you on the mountain.