Happily never knowing …

We are a busy family. We always have been. I think it’s because there are so many of us, HA! In my 20 years plus of parenting I have never felt like we have done TOO MUCH. I felt like I have maintained a balance between school, fun, work, rest and health … but not this school year! It’s been crazy and it only got worse as the year marched on.

At the beginning of Spring I sat down and looked at everything on our calendar. To say I was completely overwhelmed, is an understatement. There was just too much going on. Some of it was our norm, but a lot of new things were on our agenda and they came with a lot of learning. Then there were other “one time” events that demanded priority. Throw in holidays, a vacation, college open houses and marathon training and you have the past 8 weeks of our lives. YIKES. At the time I took a deep breath and prayed for health and time in each day to get it all done. And I’m relieved to say that as of this past weekend we got through it! Except for my marathon this coming Sunday. HA, again! Some people might think that would be the worst if it. But not me. I’m looking forward to. I’m not saying it’s going to be easy. It absolutely won’t be. I’m saying it’s going to be freeing. I love to run and to be able to go into this week feeling at ease after weeks of stress and wondering how I was going to fit in my training miles … I finally just get to run.

Well, I hope you all have a day where you happily have no idea how you did it!!!

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Living your highest potential …

When I was young I believed that finding my purpose in life would also be when and where I would find my greatest joy. When all the other drama I focused on would just miraculously fall by the wayside. Like a BOOM of clarity that would leave me feeling good and right and comfortable in my own skin.

And … it is ALL that.

But there is something that I have learned as I’ve gotten older. Something my young mind never considered.

I’ve got A LOT of different purposes. Actually, TONS.

It is a blessing to know this now and it’s something I wish I could go back and tell my younger self. How freeing it would be to know that all my eggs weren’t in just one basket. To understand that time and wisdom opens doors to new opportunities to recreate or find one’s purpose. With all the gifts we are given and the diverse personalities we embody I can’t imagine that God would only have one BIG thing for us to become. We are capable of so much more! And as I inch closer to my 50th Birthday I am wildly aware that time dictates nothing. As long as I have breath, I have purpose. It’s just up to me to allow it to happen. Over and over again. To seize every exciting day as a lesson and treat it as an opportunity to grow even more into me. Could you imagine if we all lived with this freedom? A world where we never gave up on ourselves or settled. Where change was welcome and passions were lived no matter what our ages may be. I don’t know about you, but I think it would be pretty amazing.

Well, I hope you all have a day where you live your highest potential!!!

Purged …

Twice a year I clean out my house. No, not CLEAN. I do that way more than I like to, trust me. HA! No the CLEAN OUT I do twice a year involves going through everything in our house and getting rid of what we don’t use or need anymore. I do these major clean outs in May and October. My plan has always been to go into our busy summer and holiday season feeling like we weren’t just adding to the craziness. I’ve been doing this since Sid was a baby and it’s worked out GREAT. It’s an ugly process and it gets WAY worse before it gets better. But it is incredibly satisfying when it’s done.

For the past two weeks I came to the realization that I wasn’t going to make it until May for my next clean out. Oh, heck no. I have been itching to get started. And despite it being the first Monday after daylight savings I hopped right out of bed and started going through my dresser drawers. I got through three and I already have a full bag of trash and half a bag full of donations. ONLY THREE DRAWERS. And these aren’t small trash bags I’m using either! Needless to say, I am in the mood to get rid of a lot of THINGS.

It’s funny, it never fails that I end up equating my seemingly normal behavior to something more poignant. For instance … wouldn’t it be fantastic if we could clean out our lives and minds as easy as it is to clean out our dresser drawers? Now, wouldn’t that be nice?

Well, I hope you all have a day where you feel purged!!!

Lovely things …

Today as I sat getting my nails painted with intricate designs I realized something about myself. I decorate EVERYTHING. My house. My car. My nails. My kids! Thank goodness Reese still loves bows, HA! And I think I figured out why I do. I am always looking for reasons to be happy. It’s become my superpower. A lot of it comes naturally for me but there are those times in my life when a little extra goes a long way. And I find that it is often the silliest and smallest details that bring me my biggest smiles.

Well, I hope you all have a day where you decorate your life with lovely things!!!

I finally decided …

I got my first tattoo yesterday. It took the better part of 30 years to figure out what I wanted. HA! I’d like to say that isn’t the truth, but it is. I have wanted a tattoo for years but I could never figure out specifically what I wanted. An upcoming Down Syndrome Awareness tattoo event prompted my desire to really think this one out. Even at the event I was thinking that I would wait and get a custom design. But I fell in love with one of The Lucky Few designs and couldn’t get it out of my head. The triple “V” represents the triplication of the 21st chromosome found in people with Down Syndrome. And we all know that I simply adore someone with Down Syndrome! The word LOVE was something I had considered getting for many years. Because I truly believe it’s all we really need. And the arrow symbolizes how far you can go even after difficult life experiences “pull” you back. The incorporation of all these things really hit home for me. So, after years of being indecisive. I just wasn’t … and I went for it!

Well, I hope you all have a day where you FINALLY decide!!!

LOTS AND LOTS TO DO …

I got up extra early this morning because I was determined to get my Spring calendar in order. The holidays bring a few weeks of busyness for us, but Spring always seems to bring MONTHS of it. And this morning’s completed calendar confirmed it yet again.

Well, I hope you all have a day where you have LOTS AND LOTS TO DO!!!