I think I can speak for many when I say that being a mom is so much more than one could ever attempt to anticipate. It’s laughter, smiles, worries, and meltdowns all chaotically bound together. It’s taking
care of another human, better than you probably ever took care of yourself. It is so many decisions, and so many hopes.
In 1992, Dr. Gary Chapman identified the five love languages, which are different ways of expressing and receiving love. The love languages are words of affirmation, quality time, receiving gifts, acts of service, and physical touch.
So many of my fondest childhood memories are from family traditions around the holidays. For Thanksgiving, no matter where everyone was living, our family would meet up in Palm springs. For Christmas Eve, our extended families would get together at my grandma’s house. And on Christmas Day, our immediate family made it a tradition to be home to attend church together and celebrate the special day. I remember who was there, where we were, sights and smells, feelings of comfort, family and love.
The first step in getting the life you want is to get rid of the things that don’t benefit you. The dictionary describes clutter as a collection of “things'' lying about in an untidy mess. However, clutter and disorganization can affect every aspect of your existence. It gets in the way of people achieving their personal goals as they deal with piles of unread mail, unread books, clothes that have never been worn, and the latest technological gadget.
Recently while thinking of ideas for our next newsletter, Jason proposed the question of what makes you laugh? This is a seemingly simple question, but I’ve actually found it so hard to define! I know that I laugh often and easily multiple times a day, but how do I describe that to all of you as something that’s relatable? I decided to make a list of things.
Healthy relationships can be considered one of the pillars of your overall well-being. It is important to have different types of relationships (i.e. partner, friend, child or mentor). And it is also important to focus on the quality of those relationships, because even one negative one can do more harm than good. Being in a loving relationship, no matter what kind, can give a person a sense of well-being and purpose.
Believe it or not, we are entering the holiday season and Thanksgiving is right around the corner. One of the best things about the month of November is that the world seems to pause for a second, and reflect on the things for which we are most grateful. In my family, Thanksgiving is the most important holiday because it is the one time of the year that we can all be together, reflect, share stories, and express our gratitude for each other.
It has been 4.5 months since we all begun what we call our new normal. A time where you grab your keys, wallet and mask before you leave the house. Social distancing is practiced and sadly, gatherings have had to take a back seat. I think that we are all getting to a place where we are starting to ponder what the future looks like.