May The 4th Be With You

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It’s May 4th. I’m late.

I can’t believe the days got away from me like that. Actually, I can believe it because I’m not the best with time, but I’m way better than I was and that’s progress.

I did have a bit of an awakening this past month. I joined a book club and realized the book I was reading was running a parallel to my life. Thankfully, I was reminded that I need to continue to focus on myself and my passions. Because in my current role as a mother and wife I can sometimes lose myself. And I’ve learned over the years that if I’m not happy with myself I’m not going to be happy with anyone else.

So, cheers to us moms and wives who are always in the cheering section for everyone else, let’s cheer on ourselves this month and every month on after!

May the force be with you.

April First

It’s April 1st. Here I am.

It’s really not, it’s April 2nd, but I had this post written up in my notes yesterday. Does that count?

This past month was more eventful than the last 12 months as my teenage son started playing indoor sports again, basketball, because they lifted the restrictions for LA County. I do not like it, but I do not want to be the one to take away his opportunity to play high school basketball so I left it up to he and his dad.

Needless to say he’s been practicing and had his first game tonight. Unfortunately, we couldn’t attend the game due to Covid restrictions and had to watch a live stream on YouTube. It was a real bummer not to be able to attend his first high school basketball game. On the other hand, he did great and we are so proud of him! And I am thankful to technology for giving me a front row seat. Cool!

Him playing with all those kids does not bode well for my anxiety about the virus. Thankfully, today California opened up vaccines for 50 and over and I just make the cutoff. Sign me up!!

I find myself more and more hopeful and I’m so grateful for it. How about you? Do you feel hopeful?

Marching Forward

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Happy March Monday!

It’s the first day of March and in a couple of weeks we will be changing our clocks forward. I cannot believe how fast time has gone and it appears the faster time goes by the older I get. That saying, “The days are long but the years are short” is so true and in an odd way that feeling is magnified by this pandemic.

For me, some of the more notable events this past month are that I began journaling, turned a year older, picked up a new client as well as took the leap and purchased a new phone.

I like the journaling, but I’m not doing it every day and told myself that’s okay. I’m realizing it’s a good way to express all that crud that goes on in my brain.

I discovered purchasing a new phone these days is a lot like purchasing a vehicle; the contract, payments and set up are all so consuming and a bit overwhelming.

Lastly, this is the 3rd post of the year as I have been posting on the 1st of every month. I like this trend and I’m going to try to keep doing it. And not because I have a fun and awesome story to tell or that I have a big following, but because it keeps me present.

Hello February

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The month of January was very eventful. And the first week of the new year was one for the records. That being said, I am thankful for a new month and hoping that it starting on a Monday is symbolic.

I am working to get back to a space of inspiration and as I assess my world I can see I have lots to keep me inspired.

Today’s inspiration, among a handful, is Black History Month. I have learned a lot about black history. Unfortunately, I’ve learned more in the past 3 years than I have my whole life. Why is that? Why don’t schools do a better job at educating our kids on black history? For me, this book was a wake up call. It lead me on a path of discovery that is heartbreaking yet enlightening and inspiring, I am thankful and better because of it.

If you’re asking yourself why you should read it or why do we have a Black History Month then you’re one of the many Americans who should read it. And if you decide to forge ahead then come back and let me know what you think.

Have a wonderful February ❤

 

Happy New Year

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January 1, 2021

It’s another January 1st. But this one feels different to me than any other January 1st. Perhaps, it’s because of a global pandemic that swept us off our feet, and not in a good way, in 2020. Whatever the reason, I’m going to relish in the thought of a brighter future for us all and this is a great start.

This morning, just as the sun hit my bed, I began to read The New York Times’s The Morning Newsletter. I’ve come to appreciate and love The New York Times during these most unprecedented events in our country and world. Today’s newsletter was a Happy New Year greeting along with tips on how to keep resolutions. A few of the suggestions that really clicked for me on how to keep a resolution and make it a habit was “stacking” or “piggybacking” a new habit onto an existing habit or ritual. Lightbulb!

This read led me into a 7-Day Well Challenge, starting this Monday, to show how to build on healthy habits I made during the pandemic. I’m going to give it a shot. Today’s challenge was to make gestures of gratitude — like giving larger tips for delivery workers or appreciative texts to friends — a regular part of your day. So today, I texted an old friend, who has been a really good friend and I love her for it.

If you would like to join the challenge you can sign up for the Well newsletter to receive the next challenge in your inbox.

Happy New Year!