By Guest Blogger:
Recently, my good friend invited me to create a second guest blog for Runitlikeamom. I quickly jumped at the chance to blog again. After my first post, I found this to be a therapeutic and reflective process. However having a “debilitating” Type A personality can also hinder this entire experience.
“What do I write about? Should it be funny? Serious? Dramatic? Insightful? And the format? Well… that opens another can of worms…paragraphs? Sentences? Bullets? Numbered?”
My friend reminded me to make this light and fun. So here it goes…
Stop living in yesterday and tomorrow. Be mindful of your now. Now is all you have. You cannot change the past or control your future. Breathe in. Breathe out. Repeat.
Cherish your children. My two daughters remind me every second of every day how beautiful life is. Yes, the arguing, tattling, pinching, hair pulling drama is sometimes unbearable to this mom but hell (wine helps).
Devour the moments as a family. Eat up every morsel of chaos, bath time shenanigans and bedtime torture. Before you know it, your almost 4 and 7 year-old will be living in a small, teenage infested dorm room calling you in the middle of the night asking you for money. (Have I mentioned…wine helps)?
Create your own outlet outside of your children and family. Value yourself and who you were before you were a piece of this jig-sawed, beautiful, crazy, roller coaster, bipolar life.
Appreciate your job. Although easier said than done. Try it. Whether you are a (god bless you) stay at home mom, teacher, lawyer, lawmaker, pediatrician, dentist, consultant, social worker, etc…remember you are badass. (Oh, and wine helps).
Surround yourself with a core group of friends. Friends like mine – who encourage you to work out at the ass crack of dawn. Who teach you how to go to bed wearing your early morning workout clothes in order to get a few minutes of extra beauty sleep. The same friends who warm their car before they pick you up for that ridiculous, early morning work out. Those friends who share the same dreams for their children as you do. The friends who you text multiple times a night just for a laugh or silly emoji response. The type of friends who you just saw the week before but can’t wait to see again that weekend. Those friends who you consider family. And those friends who when you do spend time together, you share in the joy of your children’s laughter and playfulness: your husbands chatter and who you can always count on to cheers to a quality, FULL glass of wine…