Hey Beauty! It's MarLisa, the Juicy Life Coach
I am so proud of you.
You figured out a whole new schedule, system, and level of what is important to you. You basically took everything you have learned your entire life and had to tweak every single area: exercise, work, parenting, connection, self-care, cooking, entertainment, stress relief, sleep, and many more....
Things I got that may really be useful to you are:
I looked at the values I want my children to know and connect with. What our family values are. Now that I get to spend so much time with them playing, homeschooling and modeling there is no better time for me to show them what kindness looks like, why it's important, how they can give and receive it, how adults show each other kindness, why it's important and what to do when you are not feeling like you are being treated kindly.
That was really hard....
It was so hard because I was frustrated with my own feelings (not being listened to, spending 24/7 with people, trying to be a teacher to grades 3, 5 and 6) and just trying to have a damn shower! When the kindness wasn't present things really fell apart, for all of us. I reminded myself to "be the change I want to see" and immediately felt more connected, purposeful, and had direction. I believe kindness will get me through anything in my life with authenticity and grace. That is the most important thing for my kids to know. Pre-algebra may just have to wait its turn!
The other nugget was that fun and laughter created such a great balm over this trying time. Some people have had the schedule go out the window and find themselves struggling to eat something that didn't come out of a chip bag or wear something that doesn't resemble pajamas. It showed up in me by forgetting to have fun. Enjoying moments of the day are what makes it worth it. I'm going to start watching Friends again to have some laughs every day.
Here is what you can do...Give yourself a reward. Your reward may be watching a movie, not a documentary, not a whiff of learning, just pleasure. This was what I needed. If you've swung the other way, reward yourself with some learning, doing, structure. The point is you know what you need, you are so resourceful. Even if you only have 5 minutes, go and gift yourself that thing you need, go and take that step. I WANT to hear about the thing that you did for yourself. Please share on Instagram, Facebook or snail email
Things I am thankful for:
As you can see the gratitude can be as small as an Americano. It counts and it will help us get through this time, all times. Can you tell yourself 3 things you are thankful for right now?
Stay Creative, Curious & Kind
MarLisa, Your Coach to the Juicy Life