1. My Big Family
It was National Siblings Day this past week and I dug up this picture for it… yes, there are a LOT of us in my family! 🙂
We had this taken together with my parents at their 40th anniversary celebration last year.
While it’s always loud and crazy when we’re together, I wouldn’t trade my big family for the world! (Also, yes, we’re not really a touchy-freely kind of family, if you hadn’t figured it out by this photo. We make up for it with lots of laughter, though! ;))
2. This Girl Who Inspires Me to Be More Creative
Kaitlynn came in before bed one night this past week with her hair washed and braided and says, “Hey, Mommy, do you like my new braid style?”
I said yes and asked her where she’d learned that braid from.
“Oh, nowhere, actually. I just made it up. I was trying to figure out a new way to do a 4-strand braid.”
That’s my Kaitlynn! Why settle for a normal braid when you could “invent” a new type of 4-strand braid?
This is how she lives her life… I love it and am constantly inspired by it.
3. Slowing Down & Savoring Life
I’ve been slowing way down this year, living life at a much quieter & relaxed pace, and really having time to enjoy the moments and memories.
I’ve also been giving myself space to feel instead of stuff.
To listen intently instead of rush through my days.
To pay attention to the heart needs of my family instead of just trying to come up with quick fixes.
I’m learning that slowness can be good, powerful, and life-impacting. I’ve missed so much depth in life by hurrying through it instead of slowly savoring.
4. A Fun Surprise at the Chicago Airport
Do you recognize those two books in that display window?? Yes, there are not one but TWO copies of Money-Making Mom by yours truly!
LeAnn snapped the pictures and emailed me and said:
“My family and I went to Chicago last week. We were in O’Hare, walking to our gate to catch our flight home to Atlanta, when something familiar caught my eye in a shop window. I looked up to see two copies of your book on display, surrounded by lots of random things with red and pink. I had to take some shots of it because it was such a nice surprise to see it there. -Leann”
What a fun surprise!!
5. My New Exercise/Eating Plan & Feeling SO Great!
Y’all. I’m just not sure what’s gotten into me. Not only have I consistently been working out (mostly weight training) for an hour and half every single week day and absolutely loving it, but I’ve also consistently stuck with this eating plan Jesse put together for me.
I’m even eating — and enjoying! — things like Greek yogurt. Something I used to hate.
Did I mention I feel stronger and happier and more energetic than I have in, well, quite some time? Yeah. It’s amazing how much this whole “taking care of yourself” thing really does work!! 🙂
I don’t know how long this motivation will last, but I’m going to ride this wave as long as it lasts!
What are YOU loving this week? Tell us in the comments!
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