Acceptance

Lately the word “Acceptance” has been on my mind.  I hardly feel like writing tonight as I am one busy mommy and entrepreneur these days.  But I miss writing to you, my blogger friends.   So yesterday I started pondering over how I am feeling, as many artists do.  The words that popped up in my mind  are “gratitude and acceptance”.  As I have written in previous blogs; I have been feeling immense gratitude for the people, things and places that fill up my heart and mind.  The book “The Magic” has inspired me like never before.  However, the word “Acceptance” took me by surprise.

So I asked myself, “Where is this word coming from?”  The answer: I accept who I am today, not tomorrow.  I have spent a great deal of time planning my future and daydreaming.  I’m a big believer in futuristic thinking but sometimes people get stuck in either the past or future.  I began to feel stuck in the future, not knowing how to be present minded.  Still-I am working on being more mindful each day.

The future is now.  As I made plans for the future; I also began to feel stuck in the mindset of  “why aren’t my dreams happening sooner? and I will be happy when….”  How many of you have felt this way?  So I realized I have been living for the future.  Although I have been making strides towards my goals of being an actor, singer and writer; it was never good enough.  So I asked myself, ” What can I do now to be happy?”  What can I do, while pursuing my dreams that will be a “muse” to my creative ideas?

The entrepreneur in me has come up with a vision.  I look forward to sharing this plan with you, as soon as it is copyrighted.=)  So back to the word “Acceptance.”  I’m learning to accept that I am always going to be the “type” to want a job that is spontaneous, creative and in a healthy, happy environment.  After browsing the internet about the word “Acceptance.”,  I found a few quotes that inspired me and would like to share with you tonight.

“To be given permission to be confused — and remain confused — for as long as it takes would have been a huge gift.”

― Janet Jackson, True You: A Journey to Finding and Loving Yourself

“In life one has a choice to take one of two paths: to wait for some special day – or to celebrate each special day.”

― Rasheed Ogunlaru

The price tag that you put on your soul will determine the people and circumstances in which you find yourself.”

― Shannon L. Alder

With Gratitude and Acceptance,

Kimberly

Day 52 Changing it up!

Enough Elmo already!!  Okay don’t get me wrong, I enjoy watching my daughter’s face light up when she hears Elmo’s’ anthem at the start of Sesame Street.  However; lately she has been wanting more and more of Elmo on television.  I have been limiting the amount of time Olivia watches television in order to engage her other senses.  We tried to play with finger paint today.  But the minute Liv touched the paint, she began weeping.  She does not like getting dirty!  Mothers all around know that television can also be a saving grace.  It gives us much-needed time to cook a meal, prepare for school/work etc… However, I could not stand Elmo’s voice another minute today.  So what did I do?  I changed it up!!!  I walked our daughter to the library and showed her the children’s book section.  She got freaked out by the giant stuffed bears.  However, she loved watching other small children laughing and playing.  We danced like two crazy chickens to Shakira in the living room.  We laughed ourselves silly while rolling around on the floor and cheered every time a train passed by.  These are the moments I cherish!

And the day got progressively better after making the decision to change our routine.  I have been listening to the audiobook called ” Superbrain ”  by Deepak Chopra.  I mentioned this title in a previous post.  One of the concepts mentioned in this audiobook was the importance of mental activity daily.  We often exercise our bodies for physical health.  But we rarely focus on our mental health. One of the strategies suggested by the author is simple.  He said we should allow ourselves to diverge from the routine of every day.  We are not robots!!!  When we diverge from the routine, any routine for that matter; there are actual physical changes in the brain, which restores cells and promotes anti-aging; therefore increasing mental acuity.  This is why today I decided to change it up.  There are many days in which I “change it up.”  However, the difference is being mindful/purposeful/intentional in that change.

Overall it was a great day, no complaints.

Be Well and Goodnight,

Kimberly

I changed it up !

My previous blog was about changing the course of a moment, a day, a week and so on.  Yesterday I chose to change the way my day was going.  You see it could have been the usual routine with my 14 month old baby girl.  I had just written my morning post called “Change it up” and began to wonder how I could change my day.  As the day progressed, household responsibilities consumed my thoughts.  And then I began cooking and attending to all baby needs.  I understand that there are things in our day, that must get done.  Yet there are also things we can let go of, at least for a while.  So around 2 pm I was feeling sluggish and bored of the same routine.  It dawned on me that I wrote a post about the very thing I was experiencing yesterday morning.

Yet, no matter how much I wanted to change my day, it wasn’t happening.  Why? I began to ask myself.  And I realized that cognitively I was stuck in the same thought pattern, but emotionally I was ready to move forward.   So what did I do?  I changed my thoughts to match my emotions and “Viola!!!”, I had a much better day.  So did my sweet baby girl!  Why?  Because Olivia (our daughter) and I went outside and had a picnic with snacks enjoying the beautiful weather.  She even got to play with her friend across the street.  Did I mention that I also had a great workout walking with her up and down our drive way.  We both had our needs met enjoying sunshine, play and snacktime.  A win- win!

I must share photos of our beautiful baby girl enjoying snack and her pink swing!  When you decide to change-up something in your day or week, feel free to share on feedback form below!  I’d like to know you changed your day.

Be Well,  Kimberly

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