Thank you so very much to all of the clients who asked me to be part of their lives and tell their story. It has been an honor.
We are in the last few dog days of summer. This summer we have been to the lake, pool, park, library, visited family, visited friends, and just simply run amok. Aside from dropping the water activities nothing will really change come the fall. We will just be running amok in different places.
Rather than just let this month slide into the next month, I made myself a list of goals. Simple but achievable, here they are:
- Read: three books
- Home: plants outside
- Knit: shawl & socks
- Document: goals & photos
- Personal biz development: ??
Just kidding on the last one. That’s a cliff hanger for the two people who read this blog. I have two projects I’m currently working on as a way to foster my small side businesses (my etsy shop and my photography work). These are often slow moving because there’s the full time job, there’s the motherhood/wifey job, there the process of avoiding any cleaning and then there is the actual cleaning that eventually happens. So when I have an extra thirty minutes – and the required energy – to devote to my small side business, I have two specific goals to help me continue moving forward. They are only a couple inches forward but progress nonetheless.
In an attempt to catalog some of the hilarious things Aidan says at this age, I present to you this compilation of toddler comments.
Me: Aidan do you want a couple more [insert anything including milk, food, dessert]?
Aidan: No, just all of dem.
Me: Are you hot honey?
Aidan: No, I’m warm.
Aidan: Your pants grey?
Me: No, my pants are blue. These are blue jeans.
Aidan: Blue jams!
Me: Are you going to say happy birthday to pop?
Aidan: No, too big.
Me: [Thinking, oh dear Lord, that’s exactly what my dad wanted to hear on his birthday.] Aidan, you can’t say happy birthday?!
….. at least priorities are clear.
the easy mornings and the tough ones.
holding hands with Aidan during our walk into daycare.
our trips to the pool, the jump park, and to other states for visits with friends.
our family walks after dinner.
all the reminders to not hit Mackenzie and that he’ll survive when she licks his hands. and not to feed her too many cheerios please!
the adorable and ridiculous things he says including but not limited to, “what’s dat guy doing?” & “what number’s dat?” (when he actually means letter) & “you kidding me?”
his sweet kisses.
his love of teddy.
how happy I am every time I come home from work.
So here’s the thing, I hate hearing people talk about how busy they are. Tell me your business is booming, your children are adorable and you just have to love on them all the time, or admit that after your commute, a full date of work, dirty dishes, and post bath/pre bed time child wrangling, all you really want to do is vegetate on the sofa while staring at the wall. In full disclosure, these situations all apply to me and not you dear reader. I think, however, you catch my drift.
But life is full in whatever fashion you are filling your time. For me lately, that has involved a lot of travel. From Williamsburg, VA to NYC to New Orleans, LA to NYC again to Scottsdale, AZ and then Holicong, PA – all in the course of four weeks. It was a whirlwind and it taught me a couple of important lessons:
1. Pack like a minimalist. Not having to check a bag is a crucial time saver and while you do have the same 24 hours in a day as Beyonce, you do not have her entourage to pack/tote/fetch said bag. So pack a little less and save a little time.
2. Always and forever have a book to read on planes because while I love to go places, my aptitude for thinking rationally while a plane is taking off or hitting excessive turbulence is minimal.
3. Make small talk better. Seriously, please skip the weather and talk about something deeper. Whether you are an introvert or extrovert we can all appreciate a better conversation. I met a lot of people in the last few weeks and without a doubt, the only ones that truly stick out for me do so because I took something away from the conversation – something resonated with me and I appreciate that.
4. If you are like me and you work full time, have a family, are pursuing a passion on the side, and still like to get seven hours of sleep each night, realize that busy seasons will come and go. You will still be on the path to pursuing your dreams but the path might take a little longer for you than others. Just stick to the path – you’ll get there over time even if it takes you a little longer.
5. Write it down. It would be amazing to be able to control time, to just slow down the good stuff and relish it for longer. Until that becomes a possibility, write a note to remember how you felt, what you thought, or just how adorable your child was yesterday. I am trying to document more this year because looking back always helps me appreciate the journey – turbulence and all.