Most of my clients know that aside from being an aerial yoga instructor, I play many other roles. I work full time as a public relations and communications specialist at a large organization, and I'm a wife, and mother of two boys.
So my typical week day looks like this....
- 3 am- wake up, get a drink of water, try to go back to sleep
- 4 am- can't go back to sleep because husband is snoring and brain is on overdrive thinking of upcoming tasks
- 5:30-6 am- One little nugget tots into my bedroom and says, "I wake mom. I had a good nap."
- 6 am- Chugging coffee, dressing boys (aka wrestling tigers).
- 7 am- Kiss the husband goodbye, send the kids off to school. Clean as much of the house as I can.
- 7:30 am- Shower and get ready for work.
- 8:30 am-5pm- Full-time job.
- 5:15 pm- Get to studio and prepare for class.
- 5:30-7 pm- Aerial yoga sessions.
- 7:15 pm- Get home, spend time with little tigers, put them to bed. Clean up the house again, and perform needed chores.
- 8 pm- Husband and I watch Law and Order SVU/snuggle.
- 8:05 pm- Already asleep.
The events listed above may appear busy and mundane. But they are far from that, they are so very beautiful. In each of those tasks, I have so much joy. Because every moment provides opportunity: to grow, to learn, to achieve, to give, to connect, to receive, to rest.
I came across this quote recently, "The happiness of your life depends on the quality of your thoughts." How are you talking to your self? How are you processing your life events?
Another quote that spoke to me. "The more you are thankful, the more you attract things to be thankful for." Are you even aware of your blessings?
There was one life event I'll never forget where I felt I had arrived in my faith. In the morning rush, I had left my baby's milk at the house. I hurried home like a mad woman, grabbed the prepared bottles out of the refrigerator, and BAM. A full container of French Vanilla coffee creamer fell from the shelf to the tile floor. The bottle busted, and sticky, sugary creamer barreled across my kitchen floor. My house smelt like Starbucks.
But it was my reaction that struck me. My immediate thoughts were those of thanks. I'm not going to lie, I surprised myself. I was thankful. As I glared at the mess, I was first thankful that I even had the coffee creamer to begin with, and coffee in general (can I get an amen?). But then I was thankful that I had a home of which to clean. I was thankful to have a job to be rushing to. And most importantly, I was thankful to be able to provide milk for my baby and quality child care while I work.
I am by no means perfect. I just believe we all have opportunity to enhance our lives, by simply examining the way we internalize and react to life events.
When we quit comparing our lives to others. When we quit letting our feelings alter what we know to be true. When we give of ourselves, but still take time for self care.
Today's challenge. Examine your thoughts. Look for the positive. Notice your blessings. Love.