“Looking forward to things is half the pleasure of them.”
-Anne of Green Gables, L.M. Montgomery
Waiting for a new baby to arrive.
The planning of a wedding.
An entire school year of dance classes leading up to a recital.
Hours of practice on the field before the big game.
Surprising your spouse with a birthday party.
The transitions from elementary to middle to high school.
Motherhood & Gratitude
With last weekend being Mothers Day, motherhood has been on my mind. I love a day to celebrate Moms!!
Moms are the Bomb!
Plain and simple. I don’t know what I’d do without mine. My mother has a lot of guilt over working so much during my childhood, but one think I’ve never questioned is her unconditional love for me and her good intentions. I am lucky to know quite a few truly amazing moms and the one thing they all have in common is that they are all trying their best. Trying to make ends meet, trying to give their children the best opportunities, and some days simply trying to make it through the day.
Busyness & Gratitude
I ran into a friend at the grocery store today and she asked me how I was doing. “Busy” I said, because it is my standard reply.
And it’s true, I am very busy.
But…busy in a good way. I like staying busy. But that hasn’t always been the case.
I started thinking about the concept of busyness this week after reading a post from one of my favorite bloggers on Facebook- Tales of an Educated Debutante. Adrian talked about how we all complain about being busy, busy, busy and how it can often weigh you down. She thought that maybe if we try to be more intentional about the things we do then we might find a little more joy in life!
So, let me be clear: I am very busy. But those things I am so very busy with bring me joy. I like running my kids to their activities after school…because those activities bring them joy. Attending class programs, parties, and events because my kids enjoy me being present brings me joy. I like making cupcakes for a friend’s birthday because I enjoy baking- it brings me joy. Those things that I do each day that cause my “busyness” all bring me joy.
It’s been a stressful week. My daughter broke her arm (again), my to-do list is still a mile long, we have family coming to visit, and my kids won’t stop bickering. I mean why do they insist on arguing over EVERYTHING?? The arguing is the one thing that gets to me more than anything. And it can often bring me down.
But, I have so much to be grateful for…
- My daughter only has to wear a brace…no hard cast or splint! Woot!
- My family is coming to visit! Yay!
- My husband and I have been able to go on a walk every night this week. The weather this time of year is so wonderful!!
- I made the bomb chicken enchiladas…it makes my day when everybody actually truthfully loves a meal I have made! Check out the recipe HERE.
- I was able to spend an entire day with my sweet mother in law shopping and genuinely enjoyed our girls day.
Usually I try to combat stress by focusing on the positive and taking a few minutes to myself. I tell me kids all the time that they have “to choose to be happy”. They aren’t going to have a good day if they don’t have a good attitude. And this week I found that I needed to take my own advice!
Some ways I typically try to de-stress:
- Go outside- Even if just for a few minutes…take a deep breath and try to enjoy the fresh air and sunshine.
- Call or text a friend- helps me to get my mind off of me!
- Read a book- escape for a little while.
- Meditate- this is a new one for me- but I kinda enjoy it. I just got a free app on my phone and when I’m feeling the stress, I take a few minutes to complete an exercise.
- Take a bath- I don’t have a luxurious bath tub yet this still one of my favorite ways to “come down” off the anxiety roller coaster.
- Focus on the positive! Find the silver lining. There’s always something to be grateful for.
What are you thankful for this week? What are your best ways to de-stress? Happy Friday friends…let me know what y’all think!
The Meaning Behind the Name: More than Main Street
I’m still rather new to blogging although I’ve been thinking about it for quite awhile now. A few years ago I even signed up, but was scared off by the technical side of blogging, so I scrapped it. When I decided to give it a go again, I put a lot of thought into it and a name true to myself. And More than Main Street seemed to be the best fit. Almost every town has a Main Street. As a matter of fact, it’s one of the most common street names in America. It represents the norm or the status quo in my eyes.
And I want more than the norm out of life. I want to teach my kids to aspire to want more too. And I completely understand that “the more” is different for everyone. For me, “the more” is fulfilled through travelling, experimenting in the kitchen, going on adventures with my family, spreading kindness, and recognizing how fortunate we are. The more is a feeling of success in a way, from a proud mommy moment to a meal everyone actually ate to facing a fear.