“Isnt’ that being selfish?”“But my family needs me.”
The gift of forgiveness
“Unforgiveness is like taking poison but expecting someone else to die.”
I have drunk my fair share of that poison. Guess what? I am the one who felt the after effects.
You see, the people I held unforgiveness towards had no idea.
They continued to live their lives while, though I was living, I wasn’t living it to the fullest because of the unforgiveness I was harboring.
Drinking the unforgiveness poison not only stalled my living, it also affect my physical body.
The gift of self-care
“You have to take care of yourself first in order to take care of others.”
Moms, we should all get matching tattoos of that quote! Ok, so that’s a long sentence. Maybe we could just put the words into action instead.
Self-care involves feeding your mind, body and soul.
What are you reading? Who/what are you listening to? What are you saying to yourself?
Find those things or people that will lift you up, encourage you instead of draining every drop of energy from you.
Are you moving your body?
Every step counts. Your Mother’s Day gift could be a new Fitbit so that you can have a visual of exactly how many steps you are taking each day.
What are you feeding your body? Good stuff yields you feeling good. Forget about diets and decide on a healthy lifestyle instead. Being diabetic has forced me to examine what I am putting in my mouth. Healthier eating and working out have afforded me to not be on any medications, I want that to continue.
Who/what do you believe in? This may be different for everyone. Whoever/whatever it is, feed it.
Let’s go a bit farther.
Mom, how’s your self-image?
Are you confident in your appearance?
Self-care includes looking good as well. Yes, I may be vain by adding this to the list but it matters.
I notice a difference in myself when I wear certain clothes, fix my hair and makeup and slide on some cute shoes. Though my style is relaxed and laid back, I enjoy looking good. I do these things for myself, which builds my confidence. A wise person once said,
“why stop dreaming once you wake up?”
Dreams fuel our passions so that we don’t get lost in the trenches of daily life.
When was the last time you dreamed a dream while fully awake, Mom?
The gift of self-discovery
It’s so easy for moms of littles to get bogged down in caring for their little ones. Diapers, bottles, teething and the terrible twos can easily consume a mom’s day. It’s just as easy for moms of older kids to get so involved with being a taxi to their tweens and teens.
Moms, we must find ways to understand ourselves and grow.
These gifts have helped me grow in many areas of my life. These same gifts are ones that I want for Tween Girl as she grows into a young woman.
This journey has also allowed me to meet wonderful and great moms in different stages of parenting. It’s funny how, although, in different stages, the core is still the same:
We are all trying to be the best version of mom our kids need us to be.
In addition to the gifts I’ve shared, my blog tribe and I are giving you the gift of cash this Mother’s Day.
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Since money talks, what would you buy yourself if you won $100?