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M is for Mindful Mondays (Go With It)


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It’s been a little while since I’ve written. We moved to a new house in a new town, and life has been somewhat chaotic. And, as many parents will relate to, I’ve been navigating the sometimes impossible gap between the end of camp and the beginning of the school year. While it’s a fun and eventful time, my clients don’t always¬†understand¬†that I can’t meet a deadline because I promised my toddler I’d take him for frozen yogurt. It’s a stressful time involving little sleep, lots of delayed promises, and too many guilt-ridden choices.

But I’ve also found that I’m less stressed when I go with it. Constantly feeling like I should be doing something else — finishing a work assignment or calling a contractor to fix something in the house — when I’m relaxing with my kids doesn’t do anything but distract me and make me a less-present mom, which keeps anyone from having any fun. And so, I’m attempting to go with the end-of-summer insanity, to accept the fact that I can’t accomplish everything I need to, but the things I am doing — even if it’s just playing Operation or watching the Olympics with my little ones — are more than enough.

As we all know, there’s no fighting August. All we can do is embrace it, and try to enjoy the sunshine and cuddles. After all, soon school will start, with a whole new set of challenges. Homework, anyone?

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  1. Congratulations on your new home! I have moved three times in my life and the stress was at times unbearable-and I did not have children at the time. I commend you on your ability to recognize what you can’t control and to move forward.

  2. Congratulations on your new home town and new home! It is great that you are embracing the summer (and life transition) insanity and focusing on one thing at a time. Your family will cherish these memories. : 0 )

  3. I have had some guilt this summer for slacking off with work, but we all need to do that sometimes. I think it’s great that you decided to just go with the flow.

  4. Awwww how exciting! A new house!!!! But yea August…. Such a love/hate thing with this time of year!

  5. Moving is so stressful, so I feel your pain. I think you have the right attitude, and I hope everything just gets easier soon.

  6. Juggling life can be hard. It’s always refreshing when you can step back from something (maybe your blog) and focus on other areas.

  7. Definitely a busy time of year! My three girls starts school this week. Best of luck to you with getting settled in to your new house and new town!


  8. I think that’s a great philosophy. Glad you’re back posting!

  9. I love it! I feel the same way most of the time! Also I just found this blog and I’m in love.

  10. I agree…great philosophy!

  11. I totally get the whole “August” thing this year. My oldest started Kindergarten this past week, and it has been a whirlwind of activity and emotions for all of us. Congrats on the move and the new home!

  12. The joys of moving and motherhood. We did that when our daughter Rose was just born. Very stressful!

  13. I really enjoy your blog. I found you on Top Mommy Blog. I think I will get a reality slap to the face. This summer I was on maternity leave with my second. So those sweet snuggles and warm sunshine were a daily occupancies without the worry of work guilt.

  14. I love that you’re parenting mindfully! If you would like some more fun tools, please take a look at this yoga board game I made myself that is Super DOOPER fun but also teaches meditation. Thanks! Nicole

  15. nice… http;//

  16. Not quite sure why my previous comment wasn’t posted. Anyway, as I had mentioned, my wife is experiencing the same. I guess all mothers can relate to that. :) That’s why I’ll be going home soon to help her with the kids.

    • It’s a difficult time of year… I’m both sad and relieved that they’ve now started school. I’m sure your wife appreciates your help! Thanks for posting!

  17. Congrats on your new home! It is very important to be mindful in everything you do! We just had a course of mindfullness in my job (teacher) to ensure that we are always mindfully present during class/lectures.
    I can relate how difficult it is to stop thinking of my to-do list when spending time with your kids!

  18. cool and interesting article, nice work

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