I give myself permission to slow down. | 25 Mantras for Moms #parenting:

This time of year is crazy for everyone.  I am proud of myself this year, I managed to get all my shopping for Christmas done (with the exception of one gift) before my son finished school.  Once that was done, I felt an enormous weight lift off of me.  

I put a lot of pressure on myself to make sure that our kids will have a good Christmas.  Now I can rest easy in the knowledge that they will.  We just need to organise the food for Christmas day and everything will be done.  

Yesterday I woke with a sore throat, my son woke up feeling unwell, and my daughter slept in.  I am getting much better at listening to signals from the Universe.  This week, we need to slow down.  We need to give ourselves time to relax and rejuvenate after the craziness that was 2016.  It has been a big year in our house.  Busy, full of milestones, lots of good times and happy memories.  But it has left us a bit exhausted.  

This week, the first gift I am giving my children and myself for Christmas is to slow down.  We are enjoying a few lazy days at home, without being super scheduled.  We are sleeping until we wake up, having lazy breakfasts and enjoying spending time at home just doing what we enjoy doing when we have some time for ourselves.  I have also been pottering around doing some of those nagging things that are on my “important but not urgent” list.  Those jobs that once they are done make me feel so much better.  

Most of all I am enjoying this special time by being with the kids and not stressing that I’ve started 10,00 things today and finished none of them!  By giving them my full attention when they seek it.  By playing with them. Watching telly together.  Singing songs and Christmas carols and dancing.  And it feels so freeing.  So happy.  These are the moments I treasure.  I am noticing the good in things much more this week, the lovely manners, sneaking glimpses of the children playing together or having a snuggle on the couch while they watch TV.  Enjoying the delight of my daughter at having he brother home during the day.  And, as always, it seems that what I focus on attracts more.  More laughs, more cuddles, more good manners, more good behaviour.  More positives.  

I am so grateful to have this opportunity to reconnect before the year ends.  I am looking forward to sitting down in the coming weeks to set some intentions and goals for the new year (there will be a post on that sometime soon).  I feel like taking this time to slow down and literally smell the roses puts me in a really good place to end 2016 the way I want to.  Focused on my family and connection with others.  

I leave you with this thought from Rubin:  “Once she stopped rushing through life, she was amazed how much more life she had time for”.   I hope that you all get some peace during this holiday season.  Breathe in those close to you and snuggle them hard.  

Until next time,
E xx