Hey Mama, You are doing a good job! Do you know that? Do you believe that?? A dear friend said something really amazing. @jeansmithphoto and @heidi_hope and I we’re all chatting and Jean said... “we are great mamas, we need to celebrate that! Our kids will never wonder if they are loved” - and she is right! That is worth celebrating! No, you and I are not perfect! And yes, we miss making a dinner plan or getting to drop off on time or remembering to finish that thing. But here’s the absolute truth, so does every other mom! But we are trying - as imperfect as that may look! And we are loving our kiddos and families, even though it’s not always pretty! So please be kind to yourself. You are doing the best you can and that’s pretty dang remarkable! I wish I could give these beautiful blooms from @farmgirlflowers to you with a big hug and a whisper that you are incredible, because legit you are! 💗
Doing things for myself has a tendency to make me feel so guilty. I have 4 people to take care of, an established coaching biz to run, a startup I’m crazy passionate about (@theceokid), a house to keep standing, a fridge to keep stocked, obligations to fill...I know you get it. Its easy to be the last one on the list and believe that I’m doing it right. If someone was going to go without, it was me. And that *seems* like the right choice. Except you can’t fill anyone else’s cup from an empty pitcher. Long story short - 9 years ago, all that martyring landed me in an ambulance, my babies were still babies back then and they were terrified as their mom was wheeled away. I promised I would never do that again. For me, that means 8-4-1. 8 hours of sleep 🛏 4 tumblers of water 1 session of exercise or growth ...And then there’s the not-so-occasional “indulgence.” What about you? Is self-care hard for you or are you a natural?
Sometimes we just gotta get a good grip and pull ourselves back up! Because you are stronger than you think, braver than you realize, and more powerful than you can imagine! As I was looking through these pics from our adventure at the fair last weekend, I loved this sequence of Paysen refusing to be knocked down and pulling himself back up! What’s trying to knock you down right now and what are you going to do about it? 💥👊🏼⚡️
I love having a *real* set up for all of my trainings and videos again! After a year of traveling and then 2 years of cabin living, it feels so good to have a real office again. I didn’t know how much I missed this space! Yesterday I finished prepping for the @smartmoneymamas summit that’s happening in October. I’m so excited to be one of the speakers, I’ll be talking all about Preparing Kids Now, for a Lifetime of Success! And check out my earrings!! My 13 year-old, Ella crocheted them and just added a bunch of colors to her #etsyshop! (There’s a link in my bio if you want to grab a 🍐 and support her dream).
Check your goals... why do you want what you’re striving for? Is it for you and a life you can *feel* good inside of. Or... Is it for status? Is it for approval? Is it for validation? Is it because someone else said it’s what you should do? If you’re struggling to reach your goals, it might be because they’re not really yours. Or if you reached a goal and found it hollow and wondered where the satisfaction you were sure you’d feel was hiding... 🤷🏻♀️ it might have been the wrong goal. There are so many shiny things all around us, I’m wondering if I’m not alone in getting lost inside a goal that didn’t really mix with my chore values or life-purpose at all (mom + wife). Have you ever chased after the wrong goal?
Last night on her way to bed Ella said maybe the best compliment I’ve ever heard any of my kids say (maybe any human ever!)... She told us that watching us made her excited about being married someday. 💗 Heart Bursting!! But here’s why I’m telling you this... because, you guys - we fight! And not just in private. Our kids have seen us argue, they’ve heard me yell. 🤭 ...plenty of times. We are not perfect - not even close and yet the good is still getting through. So keep trying. Keep showing up. None of us are getting it right all the time but it doesn’t mean we’re not still doing good! It’s so easy to focus on where we fall short. That list is easy to write. I can’t even count how many times I’ve worried over, well - just about everything I’m doing. But that’s not helping me, and I’m guessing it’s not helping you either. Instead let’s just pick up right where progress left off and keep making baby steps forward. We’re doing better then we give ourselves credit for! So give me a cheers down in the comments for all the good we are getting through! 🥂
Who wants this $100 bill? That’s what I asked a group of #bosskids this weekend as I spoke with Seattle #kidpreneurs who will be participating in the @childrensbusinessfair hosted by @3c_youth I watched as all the little hands flung up to the sky! 💵 Then I crinkled it up, it wasn’t crisp and perfect anymore but I asked anyway - did anyone still want it? It was unanimous - they did! 💯 Here was the point. In business and life, you’re going to make mistakes. You’re going to get it wrong - you are going to have to learn some things the hard way... But none of that changes how valuable and precious you are! We then talked about business tips and how to stand out! I loved it! Have I mentioned that I have the best job on 🌎?!
I woke up this morning to rain, which is crazy because yesterday it was 103. It felt like the perfect omen for #nationalbookloversday because now my whole plan of cozy blanket forts and books with the kids makes even more sense! I really am loving using all the quirky holidays to create special moments and silly memories! And just an FYI - tomorrow is national S’mores Day!! You can bet I’m going to be all over that one! What quirky holiday would you want to see or is your favorite??
Do you remember my Ikea shelves that I spray painted gold for my black, white and pink office way back when? Well, they’re back for an encore but with an outfit change. What do you think? Last weekend while everyone was gone this mama ran to @marshalls and had a blast finding the finds to style them! This will be the new background for my videos and trainings that I’m so excited about thanks to @sunnylenarduzzi And just for fun, I included a “before” from my gold and pink office for you.
I’m so grateful for so many incredible women in my life who are the perfect combinations of powerhouse strength and genuine kindness! They are real and brave and courageous and I’m truly better for knowing them! And of course @drstimms who encourages me to be the powerhouse that I dream of! What about you? Tag your powerhouse fabulous friends who you want to celebrate!