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family at waterfallMore About Me

Being a self-employed business owner has its own struggles, but I am loving the challenge.  There have been day’s when I want to throw in the towel, the stress is too much, or the cost feels too great.  At the end of it, my whole family is supporting this journey, I have other families who are believing in me and trusting me to be apart of their stories, and I let that ‘feed me’ and motivate me on the days when things feel tough.

As it is has been a year since my family and I decided to go all in on this venture of mine, a little update on who I am, who we are as a family and where I see myself in a few years is in order.

mothers dayWhat are you doing for Mother’s Day?

As mom’s it can be easy to get caught up in the business of mothers day, (thanks Hallmark). Remember to truly value yourself. Our self-worth cannot simply be left to the duty of others to show us. Don’t get me wrong, I love a sappy card (Ok for me it is more about the sappy hand-made gifts from the kids) and a bouquet of flowers as much as anyone. Putting the responsibility of your self-worth on someone else is a pretty hefty burden to bare.

Naomi in 1st swimsuitFind out how I think swimming and birth are related

For the last few months I have been watching my children learn to swim.  As I sat on the side of the pool, I was struck by the thought that learning to swim can be similar in a lot of ways to labor and birth.

The idea of labor and birth can feel very scary for some, and no big deal for others, much like swimming. With swimming the level of comfort can depend one where you are swimming, who you are with, and your surroundings.  Everyone has a style that is unique to them.  There are natural swimmers (one might say that they are nearly fish themselves, it comes so easily).  Some of us struggle along, barely able to manage the doggie-paddle.  If we are in the water, our movements should become rhythmic and eventually get us from point A to point B.

Photo: One of Naomi’s first bathing suits.

Easter outfitsI have been thinking this week regarding our plans for Summer.

My goals this year are to do better about providing unplugged activities for my kids. It is very easy in today’s world to get distracted and simply let the electronic’s babysit while the adults also get things done.

Last year I felt really great about the intentional time that I was able to spend with my kids, you can read about some of our excursions in my blog about traveling with kids, and family time.