Happy Sunday Doll!
I hope you had a wonderful weekend and are recharged to start another week. We are gearing down from dinner and about to start the bedtime routine. But before I move onto that I wanted to write this blog about celebrating every victory.
It is so easy to get caught up in everyday hustle that we forget to take in the moment, feel gratitude or even realize that we did in fact achieve something meaningful. I believe it is important that we take a step back and actually give ourselves and those in our life some credit.
For me, I have all of these ideas running in my mind constantly and I don't write them down because well, the visual of how long the list would be overwhelms me. Whether it has to do with my family, the kids schedule, business or what ever else, I know that I have to write it all down no matter how long the list is. When they are all written down I can prioritize and categorize them into smaller list and then, the best part......... getting to check those suckers off one by one!
Every one you check off, celebrate it! Sure you can celebrate with a treat, a glass of wine. a celebratory dance or you can just take a moment, smile and realize you did it.
When I was working full time, I always thought if I was a stay at home mom, everything would be on point. I would have time to workout, have lunch with friends, my house would always be spotless, laundry would be not only clean but put away and dinner would be ready for when my husband walked through the door. SPOILER ALERT! This vision was my very own "Pinterest Fail".
There might be some people out there that have it all figured out but as for me, I am still trying.
Recently my oldest son was diagnosed with moderate/server Dyslexia and Dysgraphia. We are having to figure out accommodations for in school and at home, it requires me to help more by reading out loud to him or scribing for him. While I already felt like I have too much to do, he is one of my top priorities and I needed to figure out how to make all of this work without everyone being stressed. I also quickly realized he needed some "wins" to celebrate and quite frankly, so did I!
After a week of doing this, I feel like everyone in the house is a happier and a little more confident. Everyone achieves something during the day, so why not acknowledge it. It doesn't have to be something huge to celebrate.
For my oldest, it's him getting all of his tasks done in the morning with minimal redirection, being kind to his younger siblings, taking the recycling and trash out without a fuss. For my younger two at home it's saying please and thank you, using the big potty, picking up their trash from eating snacks, helping feed the dogs (sometimes they are a little too good at this one and the food bowls are over flowing on the floor). For my husband it's thanking him for working so hard, telling him I love him, listening to his new discoveries for hunting with intention even though it isn't my thing and finding ways to make him smile and feel appreciated.
Now for me, you would think this is the easiest one, but it isn't. When the day goes by so fast and you have no idea where the time went. When everything you had planned for the day went up in smoke because one of the kids are sick and they just want to be rocked or you are just so tired from the kids no sleeping at night that it seems impossible to function at a productive pace. That's when I take a step back and say, "OK Cassie, no these things did not get done BUT these (or even this one thing) did." Then I can adjust my day the next day to factor in what needs to be done next.
You will be amazed how much more you can get done when you actually give yourself a little credit. So my little "nugget" for this week is for you to Celebrate Every Victory!
No one shares the same circumstances as you, so you shouldn't compare yourself to anyone. Give yourself a pep talk this week, crush what ever goals/tasks you can and don't forget to celebrate YOU!
Much love and until next time!