In transforming this house of ours into “Our home” It’s been… a challenge. However as we know with challenges, we grow! With our basement renos done (yay!) and the main floor renovations now well under way (I have a massive tented off area in our kitchen / dining room) I knew in my heart we needed to do something special for the kids.
Living through renos is challenging, for all of us. Routine and consistency is important to us. When things begin to feel out of routine and/or cluttered, it becomes heavy, which affect us emotionally and physically. So for us to be able to do this for the kids was well worth the investment! To bring a little light and happiness into their lives in the midst of these on-going renos… we bought them a trampoline!
While browsing Facebook the other day my “memories” popped up, I simply love those memories… especially when they involve my littles. However seeing these memories was a reminder…
Life has been busy with renos and I realized this weekend that I’ve really been lacking in photos of moments and memories with our kids. Something to be honest – they absolutely treasure!
Yes we are just welcoming Spring and during the Winter I certainly take a lot less photos… However when the kids were younger I captured everything, the random moments of watching TV, snuggling with the dog, eating, colouring, reading, playing inside and outside. I LOVE going back and reliving through the photos captured.
I was allowing my “busyness” that are our home renovations, to completely take over my mind and I came to realize when reliving these memories… I’ve been loosing out!
This weekend we had a lot of fun with the littles! Decorating eggs, baking and just being together! I captured some amazing memories and my heart was reignited! Hubby still got work done on the reno and I did as well with decluttering! We were productive, relaxed and recharged. Ah the benefit to a long weekend! I allowed my mind to relax and reconnect with a passion of mine. The mind and camera are a very powerful duo!
Yesterday, I had dinner planned out, I knew what our intention was for after work and everything fell into place beautifully! I made sure that us taking a night off ‘renos’ would be more beneficial for all of us, emotionally. I came home and just let myself be. I selected a beautiful diffuser blend and just let go of the “I have to do…” thinking and just went with the flow. Tidied the kitchen, supper on the BBQ, dishes done, dishwasher detergent made, oil massages for the kids, doTERRA Business meeting and relaxed with hubby! It truly was an awesome AND productive night!
Hearing them on the trampoline and seeing their happy faces was worth pausing on the kitchen reno for one night for hubby to build this with our boy! We had an awesome roast beef dinner cooked on the BBQ. I captured some awesome shots of the kids having a total blast! The smiles on their face simply filled my heart with joy! My heart feels so happy I chose to just BE rather than thinking ‘what’s next’ to do, to pay, to call, to buy, to do for the kids, to wash etc.
Just BE in the moment and be truly happy and grateful.
I honestly had a much more productive evening than those other nights where I’m constantly thinking of what we “need” to do…
I love that Spring is here!
I love that we are renovating to make this home ours!
I love that we have time to just be with the kids and enjoy life.
I love that my passion in lifestyle photography and living a happy, healthy life fuels our memories!
Having the drive, motivation and pure energy to get out and capture these memories with my children is something I have been more recently blessed with as my health has drastically improved.
What have you done today to take a step back and reconnect with yourself and your loved ones? What ignites you, what sets your soul on fire and drives you to be a better person?
The Universe will never cease to amaze me. As this arrived in my email box this morning… Getting back to what you love ❤ Thank you Madisyn Taylor for these beautiful words!
|Getting Back to What You Love|
BY MADISYN TAYLOR
Nothing can fill the emptiness that remains in a space vacated by a passion that we have tossed aside.
There are times in life when we are committed to pursuing our passions. Every molecule in our body is focused on doing what we love. At other times, necessity and responsibility dictate that we put our dreams aside and do what needs to be done. It is during these moments that we may choose to forget what it is that we love to do. There are many other reasons for why we may leave our passions behind. A hobby may lose its appeal once we’ve realize it will never turn into our dream job. Someone important to us may keep telling us that our passions are childish and unsuitable – until we finally believe them.
Forgetting about what you love to do can be a form of self-sabotage. If you can forget about your dreams, then you never have to risk failure. But just because we’ve decided to ignore our passions doesn’t mean they no longer exist. Nothing can fill the emptiness that remains in a space vacated by a passion that we have tossed aside. Besides, life is too short to stop doing what you love, and it is never too late to rediscover your favorite things. If you gave up playing an instrument, painting, drawing, spending time in nature, or any other activity or interest that you once loved to do, now may be the time to take up that passion again. If you don’t remember what it is that you used to be passionate about, you may want to think about the activities or interests that you used to love or the dreams that you always wished you could pursue.
You don’t have to neglect your responsibilities to pursue your passions, and you don’t have to neglect your commitments to do what you love. When you make an effort to incorporate your interests into your life, the fire within you ignites. You feel excited, inspired, and fed by the flames that are sparked by living your life with passion for what you love.