“Inhale. Exhale. It’s going to be ok.”
I hope this blog finds all of you safe, happy and healthy. I think I can speak for all of us when I say life right now is pretty crazy, and if you’re like me, you are just trying to find your new normal. I choose to believe this “new normal” will be short lived, but the truth is, I really don’t know. I trust that “this too shall pass,” right??? I mean how happy can we live if we are overrun by the negative and the worry? In all honesty, I find this post a bit challenging to write. Who am I to offer advice? Except that I am a working mom, a wife and a friend who just wants to support and encourage ALL my fellow moms!
I want you to know that you are not alone. We are just over a week into this “new normal” and my emotions have run in a constant loop from happy to worried to sad…and repeat. I have had my share of ups and downs…. from laughter, love, relaxation to anxiety, stress, depression and back again. My motivation has been wavering, and trying to maintain an active lifestyle has been tough. I’ve been wanting to practice self love and a bit of sweat with my fit family, but also needing to make the safest, best choices for my family and community. Eating ALL the things… and then some. I’m resisting the urge to stay in bed and sleep in, knowing I need to keep my kids, myself, on a “normal” schedule. But what does normal even look like?! If you’re like me, it all just feels a bit overwhelming. But listen, the time is going to pass anyhow so we may as well do it with a bit of grace and gratitude!
I have been able to find grace, gratitude and even a hint of peace in all this chaos. I have realized that on most days I live my life in fast forward, constantly worried about all the things I have to do and want to do, but never really feeling at ease that I am doing all that I can do. This “forced slow down,” although it comes with so many unknowns and stressors of its own, has been good for my soul. If you look at the pictures above, I have so many things to be grateful for – and that’s where I have been able to inhale and exhale because it’s going to be ok. I have to believe that! I choose to believe that. Yep – in this current crazy, I choose to put on my positive pants and here’s my WHY….
My kids are home… safe, happy and healthy. I can hardly ask for more than this. My family is safe. We are all currently healthy. Always happy, might be a stretch, but we have food to eat, a roof over our heads and lots of love in our hearts! We are all trying to get used to this new challenge, but one thing everyday gets a little easier.
A job that allows me to be home when my kids need me most. These are tough times we are in with many not being able to go to work and provide for their families. It is comforting to know that I am able to provide my kids with the stability they need at home while still maintaining a job I love with from afar.
The ability to stay connected with today’s technology. At times social media can be completely overwhelming. During this time, I am nothing but grateful to have the kind of technology to stay connected. Certainly not in the way we are used to….”I love hugs.” But having the ability to reach out to a friend through text message or facetime and get an, almost immediate response, is incredibly comforting… lifesaving – literally! We need to continue supporting each other “from a distance” without isolating ourselves.
Homeschooling. I am incredibly grateful that my kids can continue to learn and grow outside their school walls. It is just as important for them to maintain some kind of normalcy among all this madness. I can’t thank their teachers enough for providing that for them and staying connected.
We have toilet paper! Do I really need to explain this one?!
So I ask you, what is your WHY? What empowers you to choose to put on your positive pants? I send this out to all of you with a lot of love and a big exhale. We will navigate these rough waters and come out stronger on the other side! When I start feeling a little down or negative, I’m going to look at this list above and remind myself of exactly all that I have. “This too shall pass” – and when it does, we will all be slower, more intentional with life, and thankful to have the ability and “happy place” to get our sweat on with our fit family. Peace and love! Maybe today is the day to discover your “WHY.”