There’s beauty in every small detail of life.
Beauty can be:
- In the stillness
- In your child’s smile
- The warm blanket against your body
- The sound of the waves
- The wind on your face
- The blossoming trees
As I sit at my kitchen table writing this blog post, 3 of my kids are in school, my youngest is in bed taking his daily nap. There are waves of emotions going through me. Hopeful, calm and relieved. Can’t promise it will last!
I haven’t felt like this in a while. With myself and husband both studying, my daughter doing her leaving cert and three under 6, it all became quite difficult to manage. Before we started that journey, we knew it was going to be hard. But we both had a goal and a purpose.
No matter how organised we were there were days we both wanted to run away (from each other and life really). I am just glad that it’s all coming to an end. We are entering into a different season of life.
Along the way, I had to learn a few strategies that helped me cope with those stressful moments.
I am a big fan of bible verses, quotes and affirmations. I find words soothing and reassuring. You will see several of them on my walls, mirror and wardrobe doors. I also use a few apps that send me automated mindful messages throughout the day. Here are a few quotes that come to mind:
- There is light at the end of the tunnel.
- Everything is figureoutable Marie Foleo
- Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God Psalm 20:7
- Look at the bigger picture
- Words have power, I pay attention to them and carefully select them. Louise Hay
- I know my thoughts and my words shape my life, like a potter shapes clay. Louise Hay
- The past has no power over me. I know that it is over, and I live solely in the present. By Louise Hay
- take the time to observe the beauty around you
My favourite at the moment is from Mark Manson
Everybody’s gonna feel bad sometimes and a huge component of living a healthy life is being good at accepting that. Mark Manson
I think whatever the season of life we may find ourselves, loving and nurturing yourself first is key.
Set a Routine
- To meditate
- Keep a Gratitude dairy
- Step back or slow down
- Learn to press the pause button
- You can’t fix everything
- It’s not up to you to fix
- Change happens from you first
There is an article I wrote a while back about Mothers need nurturing; those days were the darkest days. I am glad that as time passed, I also learnt to love, respect and allow myself a good time.
I always say this ” If you don’t respect yourself then nobody else will”
One way of respecting yourself is by eating well but the other way is by nurturing that part of you that is not being heard: YOUR BRAIN, YOUR THOUGHTS, YOUR EMOTIONS.
Here is a wholesome, nutritious salad recipe that can help you nurture the body and mind. Now it’s your turn. I would love to know what you do to give yourself a good time?
- 2 cups of boiled white beans or canned
- 1 avocado pitted and cut into cubes
- 1 cup of samphire washed
- 1/2 cup of Chopped parsley
- 1/2 onion chopped
- Juice of 1/2 a Lemon
- Salt and Pepper to taste
- 2 table spoon of Olive oil
- In this recipe I soaked the beans overnight and boiled using a pressure cooker. But if you want you can use can beans too.
- In a mason jar add the chopped onions, lemon juice, olive oil and salt and pepper. Close the jar and shake the mixture well.
- Clean and wash the samphire well before use. Cut the avocados in bite size pieces and chop the fresh parsley. Add all of the ingredients in a salad bowl.
- Pour the dressing over and mix just before serving.