READ THAT AGAIN. [Save for later]⠀ ⠀ ✨ Pay attention to the stories you tell yourself when you experience rejection.⠀ ⠀ Many times the stories we tell ourself are for self preservation and self protection. ⠀ ⠀ Many of the times these stories aren’t true.⠀ ⠀ One thing I do to fact check myself is by unedited journaling. Writing helps me to slow my thoughts down and 99% of the time when I see and re-read what I wrote, I discover that the stories are all lies and/or they stem from unresolved issues I get to continue healing and letting go.⠀ ⠀ You are lovable. ❤️😘⠀ ⠀ Leave a 👏🏼👏🏼 if you agree and tag a friend below to remind them today how lovable they are. Sometimes we need those reminders every once in awhile. xo ⠀
*Tree pose* . . I was doing yoga the other morning, tree pose came up in the flow, I balanced for a second and felt a little hand on my bottom as Connie was balancing behind me! Then she just walked over and posed today 🧘🏻♀️ . . Not the day we had planned today but we've had brownies and ice cream in the sunshine and not fallen out with each other so that's a bonus! . . #meandmonkey#adventureswithmonkey
Do you have a certain song that Sparks emotions in you? Wether it’s good or bad? I can listen to absolutely anything and enjoy it, or hate it. No specific music genre, I’m all over the place in that way. My all time favorite band seems to be twenty one pilots, maybe because they pretty much do every genre? But then I love artists like Elliot Smith or Sufjan Stevens to death. Their music is probably the most melancholic ear orgasm I can imagine. To sing along I love Charlotte Cardin, Billie eilish or good old fashioned abba or the Beatles. Throw in some Rammstein or System of a Down’s - chop suey and the mix is nearly complete. Im not the biggest classical music person but some songs just get to me. Like the classical quartet version of Canon in D makes me tear up every time. I was 5 or 6 months pregnant with Lia at the time and we went to a concert where it was played and I cried happy tears thinking about my future with her. 😭 Do you have a song like that? I have so many. Songs for the first heartbreak, second heartbreak, songs I heard live for the first time, a song for my depression and even for the end of it. Songs I loved during pregnancy, music that I love while driving. Oldies but Goldie’s and Newtime classics. All over the spectrum and I love all of it. Who’s your favorite artist and why? Favorite song that touches you everytime you listen to it? Tell me!
Beach, playground and seafood = a rather good combo, right? That’s why the Blowfish Restaurant in Blouberg is a regular weekend hangout in our family. We love walking through the soft, white sands, playing in the dunes and watching the kite surfers. 🏄🏽♀️ The restaurant serves lots of delicious fresh fish, but the sushi belt is my daughter’s favorite. Kids enjoy the Zebra roll and the butterfly roll with strawberry. 🍣 The staff is super friendly and while you wait for the food to arrive, the kids can play on the jungle gym, safely tucked away on the lawns of the hotel.
Welcome to the crazy. Some things will need to be let go of to live here. Like... how we sit on the couch. Strict bedtimes. Counting calories. Fully balanced meals at every meal time. Rules about screen time? Sorry, those will be lax. Potty training may have to wait a bit longer. Social time with friends will look different. * * Going from 2 to 3 kids is tiring. To be honest, sometimes I yell “why?!” more than I’d care to. But I take pictures of the good, bad, fun and hard moments because I know this will all be gone in a flash. * * There’s a book that says that life is like a vapor... disappearing quickly. That we come from dust and will return to it. So... interpretation? Life is short and a little dust doesn’t hurt 😂 * * I’m not going to “enjoy every moment,” but maybe I can try to “appreciate every moment” for what it is instead. I can try to learn and grow and do better tomorrow, maybe. Or maybe not 🤷🏼♀️😉😅
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23 years after we first discovered this place, the Barking Crab still has amazing seafood. It’s way different now...once upon a time, it was a quiet little spot where you cracked your crabs with a rock. Now, it’s known by all (especially tourists) and there’s not a rock to be found. That’s ok. It’s still great and a perfect spot for lunch. Showing our girls all of our old haunts.
It is easy to entertain Rojus when we are visiting grandparents. The place is full of machinery. So he wakes up, and spends most of the day going from cars, to traktors, to cars. He forgets hunger, tiredness, basically everything as long as he gets to sit behind a wheel. The bigger, the better, obviously. 😂
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Throwback to when my boys painted themselves. I thought this would be a good prompt to talk about scolding. I used to be a serial-lecturer. I’m not sure if it’s because of my staunch catholic upbringing or if it’s for some other reason. But, for some reason, my knee jerk reaction is to go on and on and on... In a situation like this, in the past, I might have said, “What did you two do? You should know better. Now you have to clean up and you’ve wasted so much paint. What were you thinking?” And it would’ve gone on from there. The more I read parenting research, the more I understand the error of my ways. For one, lecturing pushes kids neurology into a reactive state of mind making it so much harder for them to hear anything. Also, when it comes to directing kids, less words are definitely “more”. You can read all about this and more in my link in profile. PS in this case, I just laughed and told them they needed to clean up when they were done applying their “disguise”.
I often get messages commending me on my passion for this planet and the animals we share it with. I’ve been told things like “you’re such a good mom”... some days I question whether or not that’s true... But what I want more people to understand is that what fuels my passion is predominately selfish, leaning more towards self preservation. This little person on my chest, without a doubt is the most important being on the planet to me. (Mitz only fractions separate you 😅). Being a mother, a switch flips and you begin to question anything and everything that pertains to your child, because their well-being is the utmost important thing. Over the years, I’ve found that it’s not what I’ve been told that has made me a decent mother, but what I’ve discovered. For one thing, we’ve all been taught to put so much emphasis on our children’s health, nutrition + education to secure their future. But what I’ve discovered the past few years is what’s considered “healthy food and practices is actually detrimental and that there are two main things that threaten our kids future: the collective excess meat and plastic consumption. Animal agriculture is responsible for over 80% of deforestation, dead zones and species extinction. Our dependence on single use plastics fill up our landfills (a majority of recyclables end up in the trash), off gas toxic chemicals, and is killing marine life. So yes, what drives me is the desire for my kid and your kids to grow up in a world without the constant threat of extreme weather, drought and famine threatening their every day. We are disillusioned to think that the planet is “dying”. It’s not - Earth is a badass Mother who has been here long before us and will be long after us. What’s “dying” is the ability of humanity to inhabit this world. Think about that. I’ve never been like most vegans who think the entire world should go vegan (don’t @ me, still vegan!). Sustainability, geography and
High sensitivity is: being 4 and learning to ride a bike and freezing completely and having to be coaxed into letting go of the fear and then doing really well and focusing so much that on the way back you've had too much and lose your shit and scream and freeze in the middle of the road and your mom has to awkwardly lift the bike onto her own bike and you and mom walk the rest of the way home while she tries to balance your bike that's entirely too large on top of hers. And once home you crawl in your toddler bed with headphones and need to be left alone for 2 hours to decompress. When I tell this to others I get 2 reactions: about 85% give me a blank stare in return and something along the lines of "what's wrong with your kid. Why did she freak out?".. And about 10 to 15% go "oh I understand" because they actually really understand and have a highly sensitive child too. Because it was too much. Too much input, too many impressions. The amount of focus it took for her to tune out her surroundings and focus on really riding her bike well simply drained her way faster than it would a" non-hsp" child. Because she absorbs so many more details, sounds, colors, much more deeply and intense, something like a bike ride can quickly become overwhelming. How do we as conscious parents handle these situations? Perhaps not always the best in the moment if you're having a bad day yourself, perhaps you can stay calm and manage it in a calm and collected way. Perhaps you don't know how to handle it anymore and are at your wits end.. I'll be talking about this in my book "spiritual mothering" which will have a chapter entirely devoted to starseed children and the enormous influx of them on Gaia and how we can feed their high sensitivity and be understanding parents. Let me know in the comments below if you're also one of the "oh I can so relate!" parents and don't hesitate to share your experiences!
To accept or to struggle, that is the question. ✨ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Accepting something does not mean you agree. It means you understand that whatever is happening or happened did and rather than pushing back in avoidance or denial you ask yourself, what can I do now? What do I need to do that would be most helpful for me given my situation? 🌱 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Oftentimes when we live in the mindset of fighting or rejecting reality, there comes a great struggle accompanied with it. It’s a struggle between what you want to see happen or your expectations vs reality. This causes you to live in unhappiness and anxiety because “life just isn’t the way your mind is telling you it should be.” 💥 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The next time you find yourself struggling with reality, first take a gentle approach to acknowledge how you are feeling in that moment (which can include all sorts of negative emotions), acknowledge what the present reality is and ask yourself what is the best thing I can do for myself right now. 💫 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Share below what is YOUR best thing you can do for yourself today?
Comienza la segunda exposición de nuestra jornada de hoy, a cargo de Mg. Ps. Claudia Vásquez Rivas, titulada "Mindful Parenting: Modelo de apoyo para una educación consciente" 😊 #mindfulparenting#mindfulness#crianza
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