About a month ago after the kids went to bed, I was sitting and reflecting on a LOT in life. Thinking of how living simple truly is THE best way to live and has been one of the best decisions in our lives to make.
Life isn’t perfect, day’s go for a complete shit and turn upside down. But above all I know my vision in life and where I am ultimately needed to show up.
As children its easy, far too easy to have our passion deflated or pushed to the side. Ive caught myself on numerous occasions when my children were experiencing life and being IN the moment, to tell them to calm down. But it was really in my mind that needed the calming. I caught myself that evening as the kids were happily (and loudly) playing together in the living room when I yelled for them to calm down. Its what happened next that hit my heart hard… that happiness, excitement that was filling my living room abruptly stopped to a complete hault and I could see the sadness in their eyes as they simply dropped to the couch and sat in silence.
I am raising two children very much like myself. Loving, caring, sensitive… Awesome, except for the fact that too much time can be wasted worrying what others think or getting caught up in what “should happen”. We all deserve to be respected and happy. We all deserve to live OUR own happy life. We deserve to be respected and loved. Our children deserve to be children, to move, to show their emotions, to be given the opportunity to let their own personalities develop and shine through!
When we love ourselves completely and unconditionally we move mountains. We are also better parents to our kids by showing them, that we and them, can be whatever and whoever we want to BE!
Being mindful, which is caring and compassionate, thinking of ourselves in someone elses shoes. Understanding. For children to know that they are not alone and everyone experiences and learns in life in many different ways – in a way thats familiar and comfortable to them. That everyone makes mistakes and sometimes life is just so damn frustrating – even for adults!
At all ages, with each stage we progress to and become confident with, our hearts and minds expand. Our compassion for one another grows and the good people we once were, becomes great and unbelievable people.
To wish for a perfect life is complete fantasy, to wish for a real happy life… that is reality! Everyday isn’t roses, but its memories being made and lessons being learned. If someone has a good heart, is loving, caring and open its worth a million bucks!
For me, living simple is very much all of this. Being happy, being true to ourselves and our individual personalities, recognizing that we are all different and we all have different needs, simply making time for US and not filling our home with “stuff” which doesn’t necessarily represent us and actually is quite overwhelming and stressful! Reaching for our dreams, living healthy, happy and empowering our children to do the same ❤
Let your kids shine – let their true personalities show and fill their bucket with all the amazing-ness that they are!