Monday Motivator; Let’s Party like it’s 1989

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Or 69, 78, 99…
It is officially ‘May 2 4’ weekend in Canada. This is a time that marks the beginning of warm nights, patio catch up and camping with friends and anyone who ends up at your site.

I, on the other hand, have not celebrated this holiday in that way for many years. Now all I can think is “will the fireworks display and it’s cheering onlookers being performed across the street wake up my baby”. Am I uptight?
I feel I have just gotten caught up in schedules and being the responsible mother. I haven’t focused much on being me; all sides of me. It’s not just that, some things feel like more of a hassle; like if there’s excessive travel time or if nothing is guaranteed.
Who out there feels this is going on in their lives?
I say we just let go, within adult reason, and roll with the punches in a more carefree manner.

How often do we give up an opportunity to listen to that part of ourselves that wants a bit of what we had?
How often do you catch yourself holding back?
Why? I’ve said it before; everything in moderation. In each stage of life we change, adapt, grow and hopefully become better versions of ourselves. So, why do many mothers hold back.

‘Back in the day’ I would get a phone call asking to go away for the weekend and have my bag packed then leave all within 20 minutes. ‘Back in the day’ I would put all my house cleaning on hold for days to go check out a concert, have lunch with a friend, spend hours walking with my camera and some music or read a book under a tree in the park.
‘Back in the day’ always seems to refer to a time of no rules, letting loose and a time with more unconventional options to experience. ‘Back in the day’ should reflect 2 weeks ago, not a century! That’s not how it works though is it. Some things should stay back in the day. Those 80’s haircuts and clothes, for example.

I’m going to take this day and run with it. It’s okay if my daughter breaks her routine to experience fireworks. Having wine on a Monday, Wednesday or Sunday afternoon is the ‘r’ in relaxation.

Let’s live now. Not yesterday! Let’s teach our children what true happiness looks like.
I’m easy-going; ‘then talk the talk’. I’ll try anything once; ‘well walk the walk’.
Always wondered about a nightly event; go check it out. Try something out of your comfort zone.

I’d love to hear what you tried!! No matter how simple, it’s all good!

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Monday Motivator; Hydrate

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The earth is changing; quickly, yet slowly.
I found myself out in nature often this weekend before, during and after the rain.

Our time in nature started at the market. Families with reusable bags in hand. Dogs smiling from ear to ear. The smell of flowers and apples fill the stalls. I love searching for local food at the market. There’s such a fulfillment and sense of awareness that fills me when frequenting our local farmers. The healthiest decision across the board; supporting local farmers, eating organically, quality time, fresh air, exercise and satisfying the senses is what you’ll find at the market. These are all forms of hydration, for me, in life.

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We most definitely got our fill of all of the above once back at home as well. As a family, we spread grass seed and transferred some plants from the front yard to the back yard. I am happy to say that we now have our patio furniture out. I am also happier to say that the deck is now safer for my active, and fast, daughter thanks to my innovative handy husband. My daughter would be happy to say that she finds worms squishy but irresistible.

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Hydration. The rain came down in trickles of nourishment. I’d like to go out there in my bare feet standing in the swampy grass and look up. It’s not quite warm enough for that yet. I can guarantee that when it is warm enough I will be sure to deliberately go for a walk in the rain armed with nothing but my daughter in hand. Once we have explored and experienced whatever her hearts desire, we will come in for warm cuddles, snacks(maybe ice cream) and a big glass of fruit smoothie.

Nourishment comes in many forms.
BUT, Hydration gives a different kind of life. It gives a cool freshness throughout every organ and cell of your body. It awakens. It renews. Hydration is like a stem or trunk; it gives the life form stability and agility. The strength to develop. The hub of new growth.

I don’t drink enough water. I believe most people don’t drink enough water.
I do have as many liquids as possible in the form of tea, fruits and sugarless juices.
Do you hydrate enough to stay agile, refreshed and strong enough to develop?
I can feel when I’ve neglected my body of its natural thirst. I get flush, have difficulty concentrating or have tight, dry skin.

My Monday Motivation this week is to pay attention to hydration. Look around at how beautiful nature is during and after a good drink of water…
The differences to our quality of life when well hydrated could be comparable to these events in nature. I am thankful for the rain we are getting for all reasons in this post.

Let’s hydrate well, consistently. Let’s pay more attention to our bodies and help children and the elderly do the same.

*Watch for an upcoming post on Drinks; Juicing and Smoothies. Of course no drink talk would be complete without a little wine mention. It’s not water but, like a lot of things, good in moderation.

Monday Motivator; Naturally

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This morning I woke up to an owl. He ‘hoo-ed’ for about 10 minutes; once I awoke. Each time voicing very smoothly calculated breaks in his call. He must have known I wanted to get up earlier than everyone today.

How do you find an owl? I looked around trying to locate him out my window. It sounded like he was within viewing distance. For all I know he could have been a tiny little guy. Maybe even perched above me on the roof. That very imagery makes me chuckle..Me; scanning the neighborhood vigorously out my bedroom window. Mr. Owl; sitting pretty, six inches above my head at the roofline of my very own house.
He’d probably wink at me if I found him.

Being woken up in this manner is a much more natural progression between cycles. I feel a calm clarity today. Nothing like a standard alarm with rings, bells and an on/off switch.
This sound was persistent yet had a flexible tone.

This carries me to the state of mind I am in during camping trips. There’s nothing like waking up in the forest. The smells and sounds. You wake up with purpose to be busy; cooking primitively, gathering, activity seeking. Although there is a flurry of purpose, there are no time limitations or expectations. There are no frantic searches for on/off switches.
You just progress through the day. You progress in whichever direction is natural in that moment. If natural in that moment means following a scent, you follow it. If natural in that moment means looking for a trail, water tap, beach or creature, you look.
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Today my natural path consisted of ‘living through’ moments. Mindfully, from beginning to end. These moments are specific but flexible. The path has bypassed dishes, phone calls and driving.
Sure, most people don’t wake up this way and that owl has never visited me in the morning in the six years of living in this house, or any other dwelling. That should be a sound choice within the alarm apps. Owl; Owl Who!?

Nevertheless, waking up earlier, even by a half hour, in a naturally calming transition is healthy for the mind and body. I completed some tasks I regularly wouldn’t, while reflecting. Also, I feel different today in my purpose.

Naturally Motivated!

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