🌊i n m y p l a c e 🌊
The beach is our favourite place to be together...
It gives us time to relax, space to breathe and inspiration for our future dreams...
Sand, sea and sunshine always put a smile on my face, my two just adore the seaside, but pretty pictures hide the reality of a day at the beach with young children as wild and free as mine...
Nate staring out to sea, dreaming his dreams and throwing stones and making s p l o s h sounds...
Ariana roaming around the beach and trying to escape up the stairs to the prom...
Nate being super grumpy and moaning at everything we ask...
Ari throwing a tantrum when we try to sit and play in the sand with her...
Neither child having any interest in buckets or spades...
Nate’s complete lack of spacial awareness draws him nearer and nearer to the dangerous wood divider-thingy...
Ari trying to run away at every opportunity and pulling herself out of the buggy when we popped her in for a little rest...
It was relentless. Wonderful. Exciting. Super duper sunny. Hilarious.
I had a little meltdown before we got in the car, “why can’t we just enjoy them? Why are they all over the shop all the time? How are the other mothers sat down?!?”
But you know what? Now I’m home and they’re in bed all I remember are the special little moments from today.
This week has been tough. I’m gonna use Sunday to rest up and take care of me. So Monday I can stop being tired, grumpy, whiny, annoying and get back to being my best me. And the beach helps. •
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Doing double duty: best friend support at the tattoo shop and getting inspired for my fall practicum lesson planning. 🌱💕
"The best teachers are not only instructors. They are mentors and guides who can raise the confidence of their students, help them find a sense of direction, and empower them to believe in themselves." -Sir Ken Robinson
I was in spin class this morning, and even though I arrived 15 minutes late, I was determined to really make the most of it and burn off the egg tarts and vodka :P indulged in the night before!
If I am honest with you, I felt like a sloth on xanax this morning! When I arrived to cycling class, not only did show up late with my shoes untied, my hair looking like a bird's nest and had mismatched socks, it took me a good 15 minutes to really get in the groove while huffing and puffing for breath!
Meanwhile, the instructor was yelling "Zone 4! Zone 4!" and here I was, still in Zone -100! That is, negative 100!
Being the "slow" one made me feel somehow less -- less worthy to be in this class or embarrassed because I wasn't keeping up with everyone else. I wasn't standing up on my bike, pedaling as strong or as hard and as fast as everyone around me.
Comparisonitis is REAL, friends! And it doesn't feel good. at. all. period.
We all know, intellectually, that comparing ourselves is absolutely useless, yet we still do it. We can't HELP IT.
When I realized how nutso these stories that I created about myself sounded, I immediately stopped and reminded myself that everyone is running (cycling) their own race! .
I was doing my thing and giving it my all, and THAT is what matters. It doesn't matter what the person in front and back and on the sides of me were doing.
So when you find yourself looking sideways, remember that everyone has their own story and reasons. .
What they are trying to do may be for a different reason than you, so pull yourself back in to get laser focused on what you desire and are trying to achieve.
While everyone else seems to be passing you by, instead of staying in your lane, CREATE a NEW ONE. Then you are in your own flow and in competition with no one. .
Moving from comparison to learning to live in your new lane allows you to tap into your own greatness and you begin to find the level of success that is YOURS for the taking! .
You are so much more than those negative thought patterns.
It's time to open up your lane and allow others to see all of the awesomeness that comes when you build your own damn lane!