I’ve recently started taking some medication that has been messing with my hormones. And making me grumpy with a capital G.
To be completely honest, there have been chunks of my day when the regular tasks of motherhood have felt overwhelming… and I have been trying to navigate our days by making decisions which are both gentle on me and them. I’ve been looking for small moments to bring us peace and connection, and have begun incorporating some rituals into our days that make me feel calm and capable.
One of my favourite times of day is bedtime. I know no matter what sort of day we’ve had, we always end it sweetly. There are lots of cuddles, stories and finally before being tucked into bed, a little time for family reflection. As a family we each take turns sharing our favourite part of the day.
I really love ending the day in a positive way like this and I often find myself reflecting over my day more deeply as the girls are falling asleep. And after a little reflection, no matter how despondent I’ve been feeling, I realise that there have been many small magical moments that have made my day, *this* day – any day – special, and one to cherish. Whether it be watching the girls all work together in the morning to get us through the kindy gates (sibling team work makes my heart swell!) or watching little legs running off in the distance and hearing sweet giggles as they get further away from me. Or a funny observation in the car that makes me burst out laughing. All these moments have the power to bring a smile to my face and peace to my heart.
If I was really on to it, I would write little love notes about these cherished moments – a written record of these sweet memories that I could revisit again in a month or a year or a decade. That is something I am definitely working towards. My dear friend, Shawn, calls it a Wow journal. Next month she is running a 5 week e-course, Cherish the Wow E-course, guiding participants through the process of mindfully journalling their ‘wow’ moments.
Shawn is my number one inspiration for mindful parenting. Having participated in her ecourses before, I can say that she is an insightful and generous guide – whose message always resonates. I am really excited for the course to start – and to begin the process of regular journalling – something which has been on my ‘to-do’ list for far too long. I am also thrilled to say that I have contributed one of my very own ‘wow’ moments to the course!
The ecourse begins on March 18th. You can find all about it here.
Wishing you much joy today.