Grateful for What I Have Now
Good afternoon, friends!
And welcome, Spring! Today, spring in Maine looks like this:
This is the road that my six-year-old's school is on... And I am so grateful for the beauty we're surrounded by.
I'll admit, March has been a tough month for me. I've been sick TWICE, the girls have been sick, I've been feeling a bit of the winter blues, and I've been struggling to feel grateful for where I am in my journey.
I'm in the midst of finishing my dissertation in Human Development & Family Studies. The hope is to have my PhD COMPLETED by this June... This process has been one of overwhelm, struggle, and fear for me.
I've been afraid that spending too much time on my dissertation is taking me away from my girls and my coaching business. I've been afraid of what the next chapter will be once I'm FINALLY done with this thing. Where is the magic 8 ball so I can just KNOW?
I've felt low, physically and emotionally, this month. And I've tried so hard to fight against these feelings (even though I know that surrender is the only way through).
Last night, my husband woke me up out of this funk. He put it into perspective. He and my girls need me to pull through this. Finishing the degree is a part of my evolution and journey as a woman and professional. This is a part of my purpose here on earth.
I am in the home stretch and once the writing is done, I can move full steam ahead with our dreams for our family. This is, in fact, a part of that dream... And the piece that really hit home for me was this. Damian said to me,
"Laura, you need to be grateful for what you have now. Right now. Stop thinking about what will be when this or that is done. Be grateful for now so you can do what needs to be done."
I love my husband. Thank you, sweetheart. You're absolutely right. So here I am.
Ashley Burnett of Strong Body Love inspired me to take this affirmation picture as she's been posting her own inspirational affirmations these days.
Before I sign off I'd like to share that an incredible professor and author at the University of Houston, Brene Brown (get her books, they are INSPIRATIONAL), has researched what truly joyful people do to live wholeheartedly. It's quite simple.
They PRACTICE being grateful everyday, they're vulnerable (they let you see their messy houses, they tell you about their deepest struggles, they lean on you for support), and they don't let the fear of pain or loss prevent them from loving and living in the here and now.
I want to fully embody wholehearted living every day. Would you like to join me?
Please read below to learn one thing I'm doing NEXT MONDAY to cultivate more wholeheartedness, joy, and wellness in my own life. I've enrolled in my dear friend and health and transformation coach, Ashley Burnett's Body Compassion Boot Camp that begins next Monday.
I'm needing some strong-body-love support myself. I invite you to join me in her amazing offering so that, together, we can embrace this spring season feeling our very best.
With warmth & light,