Friday, April 13, 2018

Finding my happiness

I took a little break from blogging, unintentionally.  Leading up to Easter with family coming in town added to the normal amount of chaos that swirls around every holiday, I was exhausted and completely burnt out by the time Easter was over.  Not with blogging but rather with life in general.  Spring Break was the following week and
couldn't have come at a better time for me.  I don't think I could have gotten the kids to school Monday morning if I tried.  Regardless, the kids were out of school for a week, we were staying in town, and I decided to take the week to spend time with the kids and take a much needed break from most of my responsibilities.  I didn't work out, didn't blog, didn't do much house work, didn't really do much of anything other than put in all efforts to make the week exciting for the kids.  (And also keep them very busy so they didn't drive me crazy!)  We stayed home some days and met up with friends other days and meanwhile, I tried my best to have something lined up the next day for them to look forward to.  I would say their Spring Break was a success and a refresher for myself as well.  A win win, if you will!

Monday eventually rolled around and my alarm was going off to the nice and chipper ring of reality at 6 a.m. on the dot.  It was time to get back into the swing of things and I was ready.  I did a lot of reflecting over Spring Break.  We are a quarter of the way through the year already and it was time to evaluate where I'm at and set some new goals for myself.  I always like to sit down and focus on how much I've grown and how far I've come in the recent years because personal growth is what motivates me to push myself further.  I always strive to be the best version of myself mentally and physically because that's what .  I see friends, mentors, moms on social media, and other creatives and influencers around me growing each day and inspiring me while I watch them.  Social media can be such a comparison game but only if you let it.  I try to keep a positive outlook on fellow "highlight reals" by always staying positive.  I compliment others, feel genuine happiness for others when I see the most perfect picture display of their life and most importantly, I let it inspire me.    

When I think back to after I had the boys, I don't remember ever feeling good about myself.  I don't necessarily think that I felt bad about myself but I was too emotionally spent trying to get  through life each day to have anything left for me.  Since then I have made every effort to really carve out some time for me and to be able to achieve the things that I needed to achieve to find confidence within myself.  Now I work out on a regular basis, I always set aside time to be able to get ready before we go out (I think that I went a full 2 years without ever doing hair or makeup!) and most importantly, I make it a point to be sure that I am in a place where I feel good.  I think that what has changed is consistency.  This is the first time in my life that I have stuck with everything for long enough that this is now who I am and it feels great!  I can finally say that I am a strong and confident woman and I believe that statement without any doubts.  I have learned over the years that being comfortable and secure with yourself is a crucial step in finding your own happiness.  My happiness comes form within and once I was finally in a place where I felt good all around, I have never been happier.

Happy Friday, everyone!  Hope you have a wonderful weekend.    

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