Life, lately, has been a bit challenging. Not terrible, and not too much, just a new “way”, we’ll call it. I’d like to say I don’t mind. But most of the time, I do. In light of these changes, and a demanding school schedule, a weekend of being sick and whatever else will present before I finish this post… I’m trying to find beauty. Beauty in my children, in music, in familiar and in the new. Everywhere, anywhere. Here’s some of that beauty… What are you finding beauty in?
Natalie is an artist, a small business owner and a girl power enthusiast. She runs the CRY BABY GIRL GANG and preaches a powerful message of female empowerment and that it’s okay to be emotional, you are still so strong. This is an interview we did on my blog, THE SENTIMENTAL CYNIC back in May of 2016. She continues to be a powerhouse!
Everything is going to change again soon. I can feel it. It’s not exactly bad but change is always hard. I told myself that I’d use my real camera this week – but I didn’t. Instead, I enjoyed the ease on a decent iPhone cam and too snippets of our life.
One of my major goals for 2017 was my health. Er, the getting-in-check-of my health, rather. In that quest, as a total novice at healthy products and foods and meal replacement and ALL of the rest, here are a few things I’ve “discovered” and love. Hopefully these GOOD EATS will make your health journey that much more enjoyable.
A year ago, longer maybe, Honey-Love started using this phrase. “It’s not that you don’t have time, it’s that you don’t make time”. Not to shame me or to scold himself, rather, as a simple reminder that, so often, we DO have time but we use “not having time” as an excuse. I didn’t like it at first, then it became another – silent – mantra, deeply rooted in me.
As any book lover will tell you, the book is always better. There is no avoiding that simple and utter truth. When I read the books, written by “Lemony Snicket” as a young girl, I cried and laughed and felt the true pangs of anxiety at each turn. My imagination ran wild. The characters became real, and my empathy was tested. I was changed. Reading them as an adult, a couple years ago now, I found myself feeling those same emotions. No television show – however eloquent – can replace that. I don’t suppose I’d want it to.
Kristen Mittler, curator of the Instagram account @OLDJOY and the author of the emotional and touching MOON SCHOOLING ELEANOR blog, “sat down” with me in 2015 to work on a blog series called Rad Moms. While many interviews fell through, I am so thankful to still have this gem. Kristen continues to remind me how precious motherhood is and inspire me to be a better mother… and human.