Inspiration for the New Year (and Decade)

Cheer’s to the New Year & Decade! May it be your BEST one yet!

 

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No matter where you are today or what you may be thinking, today symbolizes a fresh new start and opportunity. Today is the FIRST Monday of not only the year, but of the new decade! We could sit and grumble over the fact that it’s “Monday”, but let’s face it…we all need to look outside of the box from time to time and see things from another perspective. I’m here to offer just that and a bit of inspiration to boot!

 

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Whether you’re smashing your new year goals so far without the slightest bit of hesitation or grimace or you’re in serious need of a pick-me-up and ready to throw in the towel. You’re not alone!

 

Everyone has their own specific and personal goals in mind for what they’re bringing to this new chapter in their life and once again (the new decade). Hey, that’s pretty exciting stuff and you should be excited about it, too!

If there is one thing I love, it is to bring inspiration and cheer to others. No, I may not be able to say that I have walked in your shoes or felt what you’ve felt, but empathy is not lost on me and I, too, have had my share of grief in this life.

 

So cheer up, Momma!  You’re going to kick ass in this new season of your life & make your dreams come true!

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Whatever the past decade has dealt you, don’t be afraid to reshuffle your deck!

 

 

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There is so much beauty in your life and though it may be hard to see it now, the storms will begin to clear and the sun will come out again! Take heart in knowing you aren’t alone in your troubles or fears and you’re truly blessed to wake to see another day. Yes, your life is probably sometimes a crazy mess, but in the end you will see all of your beautifully broken pieces mended together in a masterpiece!

 

 

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It’s okay to take time and just breathe. Just be in the moment and not worry about the things that need to get done. Take time to relax and recharge your batteries and indulge in self-care. Because that is so very important to making everything else fall into place.

 

 

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LIVE. CREATE. SPEAK. HUG. SMILE. HOPE. LAUGH. SEEK. INSPIRE. LOVE.

 

 

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Sometimes not getting what you want may seem disappointing in the beginning, but can turn out to be your biggest blessing in the end. Not all roads are meant to lead you to your final destination. So enjoy the detours along the way!

 

 

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Get your creativity flowing again and reignite your passion. Whether it be writing, drawing, painting, singing, etc. Today is your day and this is your sign! Get started!

 

 

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You got this, girl! There will be speed bumps along the way, but don’t let that stop you from pursuing your goals and making your dreams come true! Rome was not built in a day! Every time you quit and start over, you’re only delaying your own progress in life.

 

 

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Do something great today that your tomorrow self will thank you for!

 

 

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Thank your past self for the lessons learned and tell your future self you’re ready!

 

 

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Thinking outside the box is crucial. There is a reason they say old ways won’t open new doors. Don’t be afraid to shake it up a bit or even to reinvent yourself.

 

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I believe it! The question is, do you? And what are you willing to do to bring your dreams to fruition?

 

 

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Grab the bull by the horns and look the devil in the eyes and while you’re at it, punch today in the face! This is your time to shine and you will succeed because you’re crazy enough to think so! Let’s make it happen. I’m ready! Are you?

 

 

 “I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes. Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You’re doing things you’ve never done before, and more importantly, you’re doing something.” —Neil Gaiman

Practical Tips for Thriving as an Introverted Mom

I have been a mother for nearly 12 years and I have learned so much about myself during these years. However, I have always known that I was introverted. That was never a doubt or question in my mind. Raising my three children (who each have their own unique personality – a mix of future introverts & extroverts) has been extremely enlightening on so many levels.

 

I grew up being the quiet child that was labeled as shy or weird. I would watch as most of the other children would go on about their day without a care in the world. Laughing as loudly as they wanted without fear of looking silly or obnoxious.

Being an introverted person is different for every introvert and how they interact with the world is just as unique. However, being an introverted mom/parent can be even more challenging to maneuver in today’s society. I don’t mind being introverted. It’s where I draw most of my strength on my ability to inwardly think and process without the disruption of the outside world.

Before I share with you what has worked for me, I’d like to acknowledge that being a mother is wonderful, hard and a never ending learning experience. It doesn’t take away anything from being a mom whether you’re an introverted or extroverted mom.

 

Whether you are outgoing or more reserved and laid back, moms are constantly being judged no matter where we turn or what we do. I won’t go into detail, but let’s just say we are judged on literally everything! With a fine tooth comb – no less. But, why? No one is perfect and introverts understand this probably better than the rest because we are outside of the box thinkers, dreamers and we can understand and appreciate everyone’s uniqueness, gifts & abilities.

 

 

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PLAN & EXECUTE YOUR QUIET TIME –   It is so very important as a mom to have time to yourself. We are so busy raising the next generation that we forget we are still living ourselves. On top of that, there is the nagging guilt that if we do take time for ourselves we are somehow not doing our job as a mother of always putting our child first.

Just remember that it is impossible to pour out anything from an empty cup. This tip is “plan & execute” for a reason. Because as mom’s we are so quick to “plan” on taking time for ourselves that we forget to actually “execute” that plan and make it happen.

So, take that time for yourself momma. Go grab some coffee and enjoy a quiet trip in the car or crank up those tunes. Take a long hot bubble bath or read a good book in silence. Just remember to relax. Not think about what you should/could be doing or what are the kids doing… They are being kids and to be brutally honest, they are probably not even thinking about you.. So fill your cup momma! Your kids will benefit from a freshly renewed and relaxed mom, and so will you!

 

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UNDERSTAND YOUR LIMITS –   Don’t let anyone make you feel bad because you’re not constantly running up and down the road taking your child from one fun new adventure to the next. Understanding your limits will help you avoid mommy burnout and more than likely your child will appreciate it as well. Kids need rest, too!

It’s okay to simply enjoy each others company and talk and be silly without the need to compare how someone else is raising their kids or maybe you should be more “fun”…

No! Stop it! You are a fun mom. You are amazing. You do awesome things with your kids and you do them on terms and times when you know you’re able and what’s best for your family! 

It’s important to know your limits in life and when to take a break and when to push on further. Once you have a grasp on that and don’t let the voices of others influence you, you will be much happier.

 

 

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LOVE YOURSELF BECAUSE YOU’RE AMAZING –   You’re not perfect. No one is. So, love yourself! So what if you’re a little awkward or shy or don’t want to be the center of attention. You’re still amazing and you have so many wonderful gifts to share with your family and the world. And in your own time when you choose to do so.

Forgive yourself when you fall short or when you try too hard to be a perfectionist. Understand that your flaws are what make you so unique and embrace them completely.

Everyone learns things and copes with things differently. Being an introvert just means that you’re going to do things  differently than other’s. It doesn’t mean you’re doing them wrong or not good enough. You just do things to the beat of your own drum and that’s pretty awesome to me.

Don’t be afraid to stand out and be different. Don’t be afraid to try again when you fall. Each gift, talent and unique ability that you possess is what makes you amazing! Use those every day and you will not only be a better mother for it, but you will be a better person for it. It’s a beautiful thing when you can inspire someone else to let their own unique flame burn bright for the world to see.

 

 

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STOP OVERTHINKING EVERYTHING –   This should be interesting considering that introverts are naturally introspective and in-tune with ourselves. Which means we are often times more prone to overthinking. We seem to know when something is wrong with us even if we can’t pin point exactly what it might be.

We know these things because we have spent so much time thinking over each little detail time and time again. But, sometimes we benefit far more from things and certain situations if we just stop overthinking them.

It’s a hard feat to ask, especially from introspective people. Just think of it as learning something new, because who doesn’t like new things? Call it an experiment or whatever it is that you need to do to take your mind off overthinking things from motherhood, friendships, work or home… Just let it go and simply be in the moment. It’s okay!

 

 

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UNPLUG THE WHOLE FAMILY –    Whether your kids are too small to know what technology is or if you have teenagers whose smartphone has grown into a 6th finger on their hands… Make time for the whole family to unplug and spend some beneficial time together.

It can be so easy to let them play a video game so you can have a moment to yourself and trust me, I am not saying don’t do that. I do that plenty. But, there are times when everyone needs to come together as a family and actually interact with each other… (Cue every teenagers eye rolls…)

Social media and technology today has made some incredible breakthroughs, but it does come at a cost to how we interact with people. Especially how we interact with our family and friends. It’s easier now than ever to be so close to someone and yet so distant. To get wrapped up in comparison or the mindless scrolling and we forget that life isn’t on our smartphone. It is what is happening around us while we are busy looking at our phones.

So, get unplugged and start enjoying the things in life that really matters. Your family, friends and the precious time that you are blessed to be able to spend with them. You would be surprised at just how much time you waste (yes, waste!) on social media… It can be fun and sometimes rewarding to engage with technology. Just don’t forget to live your life!

 

 


 

As an introverted mom, I understand life’s challenges and the uphill battle that is sometimes unavoidable. However, I know how rewarding it can be to embrace who you are and the amazing things life has to offer once you’re comfortable in your own skin. Your spouse, kids, friends and most importantly you will benefit so much more by simply being yourself. Introverted or Extroverted or simply somewhere in between, we are all uniquely wonderful with truly amazing gifts and abilities to share with the world. Are you ready?

 

 

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Until next time, Stay Blessed Beautiful Mommies! ♥

 

50 Inspirational Quotes for Mother’s

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As a mother of three, I know that being a parent is hard. It will take everything you have and then demand for more. Day in and day out you rise to take care of these beautiful souls you have brought into this world.

Their needs and wants fill your head all day until you begin to wonder if you have any thoughts of your own. They argue with their siblings and make messes left and right. You plead for quiet and calm and they respond with loud and chaos.

You begin to question your sanity and wonder if you can make it 5 more minutes without totally losing it. Then it happens. Bedtime has arrived. You tuck them into bed, kiss their heads, tell them you love them and wish them sweet dreams.

I see you there now, gathering your wary thoughts in silence and recapping your day. Wondering if you did everything right as a mother. Did you spend enough time with them? Lose your cool too much? Are you screwing this parenting thing up?

 

Every mother wonders these things. You are not alone! 

 

You check on your sleeping children and wonder how such calm and precious little faces can be so loud and demanding. They are so peaceful and sweet while they dream. It’s hard to believe hours before they were up running through the house screaming at their siblings and asking for their 50th snack of the day.

 

I’m here to tell you, you’re doing an amazing job! You’re wonderful, appreciated and loved. They may not see all that you do for them now, but one day they will look back and see that you always had their back. No matter what! You were there for them, cheering them on at school events, helping with homework and encouraging their dreams.

 

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Here are 50 Inspirational Quotes to remind you that you are an amazing mother and your irreplaceable love is one of a kind. ♥

 

1.) “A mother’s love for her child is like nothing else in the world. It knows no law, no pity, it dates all things and crushes down remorselessly all that stands in its path.” ―Agatha Christie

2.) There will be so many times you feel like you’ve failed. But in the eyes, heart, and mind of your child, you are super mom.  -Author Unknown

3.) “Finding balance as a mother means accepting your imperfections.” – Mary Organizes

4.) “A mothers’ joy begins when new life is stirring inside…when a tiny heartbeat is heard for the first time, and a playful kick reminds her that she is never alone.” -Author Unknown

5.) “A baby will make love stronger, days shorter, nights longer, bankroll smaller, home happier, clothes shabbier, the past forgotten, and the future worth living for.” -Anonymous

6.) “No language can express the power, and beauty, and heroism, and majesty of a mother’s love. It shrinks not where man cowers, and grows stronger where man faints, and over wastes of worldly fortunes sends the radiance of its quenchless fidelity like a star.” -Edwin Hubbell Chapin

7.) “A mother is someone who can take the place of all others but whose place no one else can take.” -Unknown Author

8.) “There is no way to be a perfect mother, but a million ways to be a good one.” -Jill Churchill

9.) “All mothers are working mothers.” -Author Unknown

10.) “Motherhood: All love begins and ends there.” -Robert Browning

 

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11.) “Behind every great child is a mom who’s pretty sure she’s screwing it all up.” -Author Unknown

12.) “Motherhood has relaxed me in many ways. You learn to deal with crisis. I’ve become a juggler, I suppose. It’s all a big circus, and nobody who knows me believes I can manage, but sometimes I do.” -Jane Seymour

13.) “Motherhood is wonderful, but it’s also hard work. It’s the logistics more than anything. You discover you have reserves of energy you didn’t know you had.” -Deborah Mailman

14.) “Most mothers are instinctive philosophers.” -Harriet Beecher Stowe

15.) “Mothers and their children are in a category all their own. There’s no bond so strong in the entire world. No love so instantaneous and forgiving.” -Gail Tsukiyama

16.) “A mother’s arms are more comforting than anyone else’s.” -Princess Diana

17.) “The hand that rocks the cradle is the hand that rules the world.” -W.R. Wallace

18.) “The fastest way to break the cycle of perfectionism and become a fearless mother is to give up the idea of doing it perfectly—indeed to embrace uncertainty and imperfection.” -Arianna Huffington

19.) “Successful mothers are not the ones that have never struggled. They are the ones that never give up, despite the struggles.” -Sharon Jaynes

20.) “Motherhood is a choice you make every day, to put someone else’s happiness and well-being ahead of your own, to teach the hard lessons, to do the right thing even when you’re not sure what the right thing is…and to forgive yourself, over and over again, for doing everything wrong.” -Donna Ball

 

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21.) “In the end…I am the only one who can give my children a happy mother who loves life.” -Janene Wolsey Baadsgaard

22.) “I believe the choice to become a mother is the choice to become one of the greatest spiritual teachers there is.” – Oprah

23.) “Mother love is the fuel that enables a normal human being to do the impossible.” – Marion C. Garretty

24.) “Sometimes the strength of motherhood is greater than natural laws.” – Barbara Kingsolver

25.) “One of the greatest titles in the world is parent, and one of the biggest blessings in the world is to have parents to call mom and dad.” -Jim DeMint

26.) “The heart of a mother is a deep abyss at the bottom of which you will always find forgiveness.” -Honore de Balzac

27.) “Motherhood is the greatest thing and the hardest thing.”  -Ricki Lake

28.) “The best part of being a mom to me is the unconditional love. I have never felt a love as pure, a love that’s as rewarding.” -Monica Denise Brown

29.) “Motherhood has a very humanizing effect. Everything gets reduced to essentials.” -Meryl Streep

30.) “Mothers are all slightly insane.” -J. D. Salinger

 

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31.) “Moms are life’s number one cheerleaders without uniforms.” -Richelle E. Goodrich

32.) “A mother is the truest friend we have, when trials heavy and sudden fall upon us; when adversity takes the place of prosperity; when friends desert us; when trouble thickens around us, still will she cling to us, and endeavor by her kind precepts and counsels to dissipate the clouds of darkness, and cause peace to return to our hearts.” -Washington Irving

33.) “The phrase ‘working mother’ is redundant.” -Jane Sellman

34.) “Youth fades; love droops; the leaves of friendship fall; A mother’s secret hope out lives them all.” -Oliver Wendell Holmes

35.)  “A mother’s arms are made of tenderness and children sleep soundly in them.” -Victor Hugo

36.) “She raised us with humor, and she raised us to understand that not everything was going to be great—but how to laugh through it.” -Liza Minnelli

37.) “Love as powerful as your mother’s for you leaves its own mark … to have been loved so deeply .. will give us some protection forever.” -J.K. Rowling

38.) “Whatever else is unsure in this stinking dunghill of a world a mother’s love is not.” -James Joyce

39.)  “Being a mom has made me so tired. And so happy.” -Tina Fey

40.) “I think every working mom probably feels the same thing: You go through big chunks of time where you’re just thinking, ‘This is impossible — oh, this is impossible.’ And then you just keep going and keep going, and you sort of do the impossible.” -Tina Fey

 

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41.) “I see myself as mom first. I’m so lucky to have that role in life. The world can like me, hate me or fall apart around me and at least I wake up with my kids and I’m happy.” -Angelina Jolie

42.) “You sacrificed for us. You’re the real MVP.” -Kevin Durant

43.) “There’s something that just happens to you when you have a baby, and you look at their little eyes for the first time when you’re holding them. They’ve been safe inside your belly for almost 10 months, and now they’re in your arms. Intuition kicks in, where you will do anything for them and you have all the tools inside of you to take care of them.” -Hilary Duff

44.) “If I’ve learned anything as a mom with a daughter who’s three, I’ve learned that you cannot judge the way another person is raising their kid. Everybody is just doing the best they can. It’s hard to be a mom.” -Maggie Gyllenhaal

45.) “There’s no such thing as a supermom. We just do the best we can.” -Sarah Michelle Gellar

46.) “A mother understands what a child does not say.” -Jewish Proverb

47.) “A mother’s happiness is like a beacon, lighting up the future but reflected also on the past in the guise of fond memories.” -Honore de Balzac

48.) “Each day of our lives we make deposits in the memory banks of our children.” -Charles R. Swindoll

49.) “To a child’s ear, “mother” is magic in any language.” –Arlene Benedict

50.) “Mother’s love is peace.  It need not be acquired, it need not be deserved.” –Erich Fromm