Hey y’all, Happy Free Yourself Friday! As I start to realize that my son is going into his senior year, I have been intentional on making sure I focus more time on getting back to me. I have placed most of my energy into my children over the years and to be honest, I lost myself in them. I now have to get back to what I enjoy, because pretty soon, it will just be me, myself, and I. I’m excited for what the future has for my son, but even more excited for what the future holds for me. . . . Who else has felt like they have lost themselves in their children? . . . Here’s my little Free Yourself Friday Tidbit. Free Yourself from judgement for taking time to focus on what you truly want for you. You owe it not only to yourself, but your beautiful humans that are watching! 🙌🏽 . . . The above spoke to me today, take a look. Have a Fantastic Friday! #bloominbeauty#bedope#freeyourselffriday#betheexample#makeitpersonal#gratitudeseeker#focusonyourself#mysonshine
I still love receiving hand written notes 📝 call me old fashion 🤷🏻♀️ I am happy to enclose a note when you order a gift going straight to the recipient, I just think all gifts should have that extra special touch 💕
#zackigknackig geht's in den Urlaub. Danke an alle die heute dabei waren und dieses Mega coole #functionalworkout absolviert haben. Wünsche gute Regeneration, mit sportlichen Grüßen euer Coach Sebastian
“Parenting is hard work! We wipe tears, redirect, snuggle, feed, clean, correct, set boundaries, help with projects, feed again, have hard conversations, cry with, celebrate with, pray and trust Jesus a TON! But we have the BEST job ever! Parents, we have the opportunity to raise legends! To raise up women and men who love Jesus, hear the voice of the Holy Spirit, and serve the Church! Wow! What an honor. What a task! Please don’t do this parenting journey alone! Find friends to be vulnerable with. Don’t hide your kids’ mistakes. Learn from others. Share your story. Because when we do all these things, together we get to see the redemptive hand of God at work in our kids’ lives.” - @amberdbaker, Family Pastor at Grace Church of Glendora
There’s no getting around this. When parents struggle, kids are impacted by it, too. But when parents find health in body, mind and soul, the kids have more room to thrive! As leaders, let’s find ways to make sure parents can put on their own oxygen masks. How can we help parents pursue their own spiritual, emotional, relational, financial and physical wellness? As I look back over all my years of parenting, I can point to individuals and organizations who invested in me; it’s easy to trace the line to the positive results of their efforts for me to our kids. It’s like Kara said, “When parents win, kids win.” You want to 10X growth in the kids you serve? Help their parents win.
Loved this gem from @kpowellfyi and @stevenargue’s book #growingwith! It definitely is helping us right where we are in our parenting journey. We can more clearly see our roles in the two phases we’re in as parents-one launching off to college next month and one starting Jr. High.