It official becomes the new year when my kiddos go back to school. It is the time I gauge which resolutions are realistic and which are not. This year I decided to go back to my old way of life when I first had Kingston. I was that mom that always knew what was coming next. I had a life schedule hanging on my fridge for feedings, play time, learning time etc… Life is a little harder now that I have a 6 & 4 year old, 3 puppies 1, 1 1/2 and 4 years old, a husband and 3 fish aquariums.
I remember reading a book about meditating when I was laying in bed with Kingston pregnant with Mila. One of the main points I noticed in the book is that all of the people I find amazing seem to take at least 15 minutes in the morning to meditate and clear their mind. This is just a moment you find when you are not laying in bed and you are quiet and still. It keeps that morning stress of “what do I have to do today” from getting the best of me. It helps me to get focused on goals for my family and myself and to actually put actions behind those goals.
Lets try this…
First, I like to find a quiet dark place in my home around 5am
Next, I sit Indian style with my back against a wall or firm surface to maintain my posture
Then, I close my eyes and listen. I listen to my home, the sounds that go unnoticed during the hustle and bustle of the day.
Next, I begin sorting my thoughts. I break them down by categories self, husband, Kingston, Mila, each pup, my home, my businesses and my family as a unit. I set a goal for the day, what do I want to accomplish with or for them. I want to make it to a yoga class today, I will spend some quality time with my hubby today before he leaves out of town this week, I will sign Kingston up for robotics, I will make pancakes this morning for Mila, I will take the dogs to the dog park then pick up their heart worm prevention and my family will go to the park after school if it is warm. The other stuff is not as important but I have plans for them as well.
Then, I like to say a prayer and affirmations to myself. Tell yourself how amazing you are, how strong you are, how loved you are. Remember how proud you are of your kids and the person you married. Time and memories are two of the greatest gifts you have. They will keep you happy because there are happy choices you made that put you where you are today. Times may get rough but a positive way of life will help you get through rough times and back on track to your beginning.
Lastly, I slowly open my eyes and stretch as I get up. I turn on the lights and start my day with enthusiasm. You only get one life and you are the one who will make it what it is!
Where you are can be changed by moving. Get started on something! Resolutions are hard because they are lifestyle changes not fads. If it were easy I don’t think you would be resolving to it!
Happy New Year From Lisa’s Lane!