“If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you;
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too:
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don't deal in lies,
Or being hated, don't give way to hating,
And yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise;
If you can dream—and not make dreams your master;
If you can think—and not make thoughts your aim,
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same:
If you can bear to hear the truth you've spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build 'em up with worn-out tools;
If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breathe a word about your loss:
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: "Hold on!" If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with Kings—nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
If all men count with you, but none too much:
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds' worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it,
And—which is more—you'll be a Man, my son!”
Would you judge me if I told you I struggle to find joy most days?
I mean I’ll laugh, I’ll enjoy myself, I’ll get by, but as soon as the quiet hits, sadness often sets in.
I’m easily angered and chronically frustrated.
These days are not easy!
Add to that that we’re headed into the holidays, which in and of itself is overwhelming as a loss momma, so it’s just extra challenging.
And I know November is going to be full of 30 days of thanks for this and that...Which, don’t get me wrong, I practice gratitude in my journaling habits daily, so that’s a wonderful thing but it’s hard to read about everyone’s happy when you’re in your hard.
So I’ve decided to run a super special online health & wellness group that I’m affectionately calling Harvest Happy in Nov!
Here’s the idea:
- Do something each day that sparks joy 😉
- Daily devotions & positivity focus
- Daily workouts, complete with an “adjust to your schedule” plan
- 4 weekly turn-key meal plans, including recipes and shopping lists - Build your nutritional foundation with daily superfoods or enhance your workouts with performance supplements - EXCLUSIVE FOR MEMBERS ONLY: discover grace while grieving with my Guide to Grief
A place to talk about your good, bad, and hard. A place to connect with other loss moms. A place to live your healthiest life in a season that’s unpopular to do so because you’ve finally recognized that you need a little attention and that starts with habits inspired by self-love.
This is your place! A place you need and a place that needs you!
So what do ya say?! You want to tackle the grief this holiday season and Harvest Happy with me?!? Be one of the first 5 ladies and receive a free gift with $20 worth of goodies just for you!
Apply with the link in my bio and click on MAKE ME YOUR COACH!
School-mode has ceased, holiday-mode has begun. With it comes the latest achievable look. Today my outfit is called 'Sweet Caroline' and is inspired by the British football team I support, Aston Villa. Sport is a strange thing. At home it is tribal to the point of obsession. Here, fewer people are obsessed, but those who are obsessed are driven to fighting or singing with stunning regularity. When villa come out to play, Neil Diamonds classic track is blasted over the PA and everyone sings along. It's a moving moment. Of course, I was thrilled to take part. I was very keen to head along and mix in with the locals, but not at the cosy if my most important asset - my image. I've gone for a very Liam Gallagher inspired take on the football outfit. I've gone for a white turtle next beneath a vintage strip. This notes my longstanding love for the side to the other punters. I've gone for the minimal colour block scarf and capped if off with a black denim jean and jacket. This locks in the colours as the most pivotal ingredient. Your eye is drawn to the claret and blur and not taken elsewhere. I also picked up some villa badges so I can represent day in and day out, home and abroad. We won, BTW. #achieveablelooks#ootd#outfit#footballfashion#outfitoftheday
I love pictures and always have. Even as a child, I was the one carrying around the camera taking photos and making doubles to share with my friends. I make my family pose, in their opinion, way too much, but I can’t help myself! I love to surround myself with pictures of friends and family. It’s comforting. They also help me remember so many great times. I couldn’t tell you what I did yesterday - my memory has never been the greatest. But, when I look at a photo, I can tell you exactly where we were, what we were doing and what everyone was wearing. Love and gratitude to my many friends and family members who put up with all my picture taking. They are at the heart of it, how I relive my happiest moments and share the love. Special love to this guy who has posed for more than twenty years and to my children who always have to take the picture!! He doesn’t so much care for all of the posing, won’t do selfies but still indulges me, and it always seems to be the most candid photos that make me smile the biggest. *