Do Pinterest Moms Actually Exist?!?

Moms, today is the day to give yourself some grace.

 

Are you always trying to be perfect?  Making sure your kid looks just right or you never run out of anything in your house?  Yeah that’s not really me either. {Note my toilet paper post from a few days ago.}

 

Today I have been so on-point it’s borderline ridiculous but let me tell you that is so far from the norm.  We had three appointments in a row and managed to squeeze in some much needed grocery shopping too.  I managed to remember snacks for my tiny and myself, both showered and dressed before 8am, back home for a proper lunch before putting away dishes and folding the load of laundry that had been in my dryer for at least a few days.  My patience is typically lacking, I use dry shampoo more days than actual shampoo, I spend most of my time in leggings, I despise winter so my dog’s “walks” consist of him running around in the yard after the turkeys, my sink is generally full of dishes that need washing and my dryer is always fluffing a load probably from a week ago.

 

But life is not about being perfect.  So today, give yourself some grace.  The dishes can always wait, those clothes can be fluffed one more time and there is never a time limit of how long you are allowed to snuggle those little ones.

 

It’s not about perfection or trying to keep up with the mom next to you in preschool drop-off because heaven knows she is probably a hot mess underneath it all too.  It’s about choosing to be PRESENT in your life and let the idea of PERFECTION go.  It’s about allowing yourself GRACE in the face of well . . . LIFE.

Run, Don’t Walk, Away From Resolutions

If I learned anything from the past 2 years, it’s to say *SCREW RESOLUTIONS* and make some EPIC GOALS instead.  I’ve found that when we do the typical NEW YEAR RESOLUTIONS, we make them vague and almost haphazard.

 

“I want to lose weight.”

“I want to get healthy.”

“I want to get a new job.”

 

But, that completely loses sight of the question, well, how are you going to get there?  What happens if you don’t lose weight in the first week, first month, etc of that new year?  Are you going to give up?  Throw in the towel?

 

Wouldn’t it be better to give yourself attainable goals?  Or BIG-A$$ Goals that you can quantify?  You can see that progress is being made?  If you could tell you were working towards a goal, even if making baby steps, would that not keep you going?

 

I was that person to always say, this year, I’m going to workout and lose weight.  I’m going to eat better but then February or maybe even March rolls around and I start to slack, which in turn snowballs into me completely forgetting all about that New Year’s Resolution come June.

 

Now is the time to set yourself up for SUCCESS, to keep going no matter what.  Instead of simply saying “I want to lose weight”, why not say “This year, I want to lose 15 pounds”?  Then you can quantify that along the way.  In 12 months, that’s under 1.5 pounds a month.  That seems doable, don’t you think?!?  Then when you don’t lose those 15 pounds in your first month, you are less likely to throw in the towel.

 

This year, that is what I have done.  But in all aspects of my life.

 

This year:

  • I will read 10 personal development books
  • I will workout 250 times
  • I will lose 20 pounds to be back at my “fighting weight”
  • I will set aside 2 nights a month for a date night with my husband
  • I will set aside once a week to do some self-care for myself

 

Give it a try for yourself and let me know how you get on.