As a mom, I try to find new and interesting things to keep Della occupied. I was browsing Instagram one day and came across the Just Like Me Box. It’s a monthly subscription of books and other gifts for kid. I like the box because it’s filled will books by authors of color and it’s books I would probably never come across in stores, while book shopping.
Della loves the stories and she gets to see pictures of little girls who look like her and her friends. The first book we read was My Caribbean Grandma. D really enjoyed it even though it was longer than the stories we usually reads. After a while she got impatient, but as I started asking questions about the little girl in the book, she calmed down. These aren’t your typical princess books you usually see for girls. The kids in these stories go on wonderful fun filled adventures and really use their imagination. As a parent, I love the promotion of family, friends, forgiveness, imagination, and play. Also, I can use it as part of homeschooling.
Each month, D will receive a box filled with goodies. This is great because she’s always complaining no one sends her any mail and she gets something she loves, BOOKS! Check out the website, using the link below, and see if it’s something your kid may like.
Mistakes are just a chance for you to get it right on the next take. Lately I’ve been feeling like the only thing I’ve been accomplishing is making mistakes. No matter how hard I try or put for the effort it seems nothing is working out the way I want.
Starting my own business was and is a big step outside my comfort zone. Even though I wasn’t happy in my former career, I was comfortable doing it. Being comfortable didn’t help me grow. I wasn’t learning anything new, meeting new people, or making huge mistakes that helped me look at my work in a different way. I was just doing it.
With this new path, I am finding I’m making so many mistakes and it’s causes me to have fear, anxiety, and some sleepless nights. But you know what, it’s what I need. It may not be what I asked for, but it’s what’s going to help me grow, stretch, and learn. This path I’m on is helping me become a better version of my self that is needed to succeed in the world in which I want to create.
So, with each mistake, I celebrate. Because it means I did accomplish something. I put myself out there; I tried something new. I looked at things from a different perspective, and even though it may not have worked out, I learned what not to do next time. I am becoming more confident in myself and my abilities. Yes, the fear, anxiety, and sleepless nights will continue as I grow and stretch, but that means I’m doing something that’s pushing me to become more. Pushing me to grow. And that is worth celebrating.
We finally got some real snow and what better to do, than have a snowball fight! Winters, in North Carolina, can be interesting. We are known for our bipolar weather. We can get all four seasons in one day and it’s not many winters that we actually get enough snow to have a snowball fight. Usually, when the weatherman calls for snow, we may see a dusting or an inch. Nothing to really get excited about, but yet, the state still comes to a stand still.
Last week, it snowed a whole six inches, in one day. Other towns, around us, got up to a foot of snow. So, with some actual measurable snow, we had to have a snowball fight. Della loves the outdoors, and even when it’s freezing outside, we have to play. It was so beautiful and COLD, but we still went exploring. We picked up her cousin and started on a winter adventure.
The walk, through the woods, was liking walking through a winter wonderland. The kids thought they were in the movie Frozen. Yes, I will be so glad when they let it go. We made our way to the pond and kids was so excited to see it was frozen over. Nope, no ice skating for us; we just admired the beauty of the snow.
Did you guys get any snow? How do you enjoy the winter? Any travel or winter ideas you would like to share?
Let’s Make a Vision Board
Happy 2018! The new year brings new visions and boy does Della have a lot of things she wants to do. We decided to sit down and make a vision board to see what she wants to accomplish this year.
Della already has a list of things she wants to do and places she wants to go, and in true kid form, she makes sure to tell me, EVERY DAY…lol. Below are the top things on her list.
- See Frozen live
- Beach (Dance like a ballerina on the beach)
- Mountain trip
- Waterfalls (Every since Niagara Falls, she’s been hooked)
- Cross a big bridge (She really has a thing for bridges)
- Playground with friends
We sat down and searched the net for some cool pics and taped them to a piece of poster board. We hug it next to her dream catcher, above her bed, so she could have good dreams about all the stuff she wants to do. I hope all her dreams come true.
This is a quick and easy project that’s so much fun. Adults spend so much time envisioning the future and things we want to accomplish, it’s good to find out what our kids want to do and accomplish for the new year.
In farming, fall harvest is a time for gathering the crops from the seeds planted in late summer. In life, fall harvest is a time for reaping the rewards for seeds planted earlier in the year.
Earlier in the year, we made wishes and planted seeds of hopes and dreams in hopes of seeing them manifest later in the year. Now, the time has come to reap the benefits of those seeds and the energy we’ve put into tending the garden. Now is the time to collect on those dreams, hopes, and wishes. Maybe you wishes for better health, more friends, abundance in finance, or a new home. Some might of dreamed of a relaxing vacation, passing exams, or an addition to the family.
I look back on the seeds I planted, earlier this year, and I can see the rewards of those seeds. I wanted to spend more time with my daughter, travel, and grow spiritually. I wanted a new job in a career loved and an increase in finance. Well, I am now homeschooling my little one and we have been on several vacations, which included her getting her first stamp in her passport. I have definitely grown spiritually. I started my own business and nonprofit. My finances are not where I want them to be but I know with time and patience they will get there.
See, the thing about the harvest is not all your seeds will grow and, sometimes, it may seems like there’s nothing there. But, if you look closely, you can find something to gather. Some hope or wish that surprisingly came true, no matter how big or small. Or, some dream that is taking off, even if it’s just in the beginning stages. Be proud of the energy and effort you’ve put into tending your garden and happily reap your rewards.