Be a River, not a Reservoir

Some things I feel strongly about:

-You can do anything you set your mind to

-Challenges are meant to make you better

-Being a good human is super important

-There’s more than enough for everyone

I also feel strongly that the vanilla butter waffle wafer cookies my mother in law gave me because she’s starting weight watchers and wanted to clean out her pantry are AMAZING. Your loss my gain mother in law. (Literally. She’s joining weight watchers. I’m eating all her food).

My 4th child is laying next to me in what I would call “fly like an eagle” position. (If you’ve been blessed enough to see a baby sleep, you know what I’m talking about. Both arms freely out to the side without a care in the world). He’s snoring. Because he has a head cold AGAIN. Seriously, this kid has not been “well” since October. He’s 9 months old and has spent 6 of those 9 months with a cold. Poor little booger. (Literally, he’s a little booger. There’s boogers everywhere. Booger is a weird word. Where did that even come from? Ok, now I’ve got to look…..hold please….)

Oh my gosh, you know what just happened!!!????

I clicked over to another tab to research the term “booger” and then a facebook notification popped up so of course I mosey’d over to facebook. I completely forgot I was writing! AH!

Ridiculous facebook.

Sucks you in.

Every time.

{maybe it’s time I got rid of facebook…..}

Oh, but anyway: Booger. This is what I found: alteration of English dialect buggard, boggart, from bug + -ard. First Known Use: 1866

So, now you know.

You’re welcome.

But I started this whole thing by writing about the things I feel strongest about. The things that take up most of my thinking time.

Let’s start with the 1st one: You can do anything you set your mind to. I finally decided I believed in this when I opened a charter public school. I mean, who does that?! Apparently I do. And once I did, I realized I could really do anything I wanted, if I put all of my focus and energy on it. This was truly the beginning of the sky’s the limit thinking for me. One thing I’ve realized though: when you dream big and achieve big, the challenges and trials are big as well.

And that brings me to the 2nd one: Challenges are given to help us grow. And when the same challenge keeps appearing? That means I haven’t learned the lesson yet! Things I’ve learned in the past year from the challenges I’ve faced:

  • Other people’s opinions are none of my business and when I spend precious time and energy being concerned about what other people think, the quality of my life decreases not increases.
  • Sleep is essential to my health and happiness
  • Rest is vitally important. Not sleep…Rest. Mentally resting (reading) and physically resting (i.e. epsom salt bath) are two things that improve my quality of life and assist in combating stress.
  • Speaking of stress: Stress is a choice.
    • Busy is a choice.
      • Joy is a choice.
        • Choose wisely.
  • A huge fake smile and saying OUT LOUD “I feel awesome! Today is going to be a great day!” actually does work to change my mindset
  • Money does not define me.
  • Taking time to strengthen my faith daily is essential to keeping my head on straight
  • My children are more important than work
  • I chose my husband a long time ago, when he was just a punk teenager singing Frank Sinatra songs for a high school theatre audition, and I need to continually choose him every.single.day. Working with my husband is a huge blessing, yet it is easy to get stuck in work-mode and forget to enjoy our life outside of work.

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Next: Being a good human is super important. I think that one speaks for itself. I’ve been put in some pretty tough situations…publicly…over the past few months. I always remind myself that kindness, courtesy and respect are better choices than their opposites…even though I may REALLY want to be rude, disrespectful and sometimes even downright mean. Karma is a real thing! And I’m pretty sure I’ve got a lot of good stuff coming my way {I would love it if it would get here sooner rather than later…}

Last: There’s more than enough for everyone. Having an abundance mindset has changed my life. Having an abundance mindset means I offer words of appreciation whenever I can. It means I choose to see opportunity instead of challenges. It means I remind myself that there is “more than enough” for everyone {so when I hear someone is trying to open a charter public school in my community, I reach out to help instead of worrying about any negative impact it may have on my school}. Having an abundance mindset means I carefully select the company I keep, because the people we spend time with are the people we emulate and if I’m spending time with glass-half-empty people, I will eventually see the glass the same way. I also make sure to spend time alone reflecting on all the amazing things in my life. And finally, I try to give of my time, means and energy whenever I can. In the words of one of my mentors, John C. Maxwell:

Be a riverNot a resevoir.

 

{Peace out ya’ll}

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