Being a mom is both the best and hardest thing I’ve ever done.
It's messy. It's beautiful. It's exhausting. It's life-giving. And every single one of us is winging it. Making it work by the skin of our teeth.
The last six years have been an absolute blur. But amidst the sleepless nights and the PAW Patrol re-runs and the bowls of spaghetti on the floor, I've learned SO much about how to live my happiest and healthiest life.
And the crazy thing is, my kids are the ones who have done the teaching.
1. Big things can happen in the blink of an eye
Kids grow and learn at a ridiculous pace. Milestones happen monthly. Weekly. Daily. And when you take a moment to look in the rear-view mirror, it is absolutely mind-blowing to realize how fast it's all going.
I can remember the day my son Liam learned how to walk. At breakfast, he could stumble his way across 3-feet of terrain. And by dinner time, he was nailing the entire length of a football field, like a boss.
Training wheels off. One good push. Two-wheeling all-star.
Until I had children, I never truly realized the possibility of progress that exists within a single day.
All too often, we assume that our big lofty goals are attainable only in a land far, far away.
But guys! Your health and happiness can be dramatically impacted in a matter of 24-hours. And you have the power to make it happen.
Sign up for that marathon. Go all-in on a plant-based diet. Commit to doing that full-day hike.
You can impact change in SUCH a short amount of time.
2. Small things are worth celebrating
On the flip side of that coin, my little ones have also taught me that there is so much beauty in the small things.
Just the other day, I was walking in the rain with my daughter Clara, and she was in absolutely no rush to get to the car. She was stopping to admire the raindrops on the puddles. She was spinning her umbrella. And she was dilly-dallying to her heart's content.
All too often, we are in such a rush to get to the next thing. Always moving, and rarely getting anywhere.
How beautiful it is to simply linger. Right here. And to stop chasing the next moment at the cost of this one.
How beautiful it is to appreciate the small things. Here and now.
Celebrate the wins. No matter how tiny they may seem. And don't cheat yourself out of the joy and happiness that is right in front of you, because you're too busy looking ahead to the next joyful and happy thing.
5 more lbs on the barbell. 3 more seconds in that plank. 1 more push-up from your toes.
Break. Out. The bubbly.
As a mom, I so often assume that I am the one who is leading the charge. Propagating knowledge. Shaping minds. But I am as much of a student as a teacher.
Here's to the little ones of the world, teaching us big kids how its done. To the big wins. The small victories. All of it possible in a single day.