Working on Some Summer Memories

Heading to the drive-in with the hubby and girls. Off to see the minions!

Apple’s, rice crackers, cashews, water and greens juice all packed for snacks. But it’s a slow transition for our kids some days so there’s a chocolate bar each and some cookies as well.

Hoping the rain holds off and we get a few slides in at the playground before it all gets started. What kind of summer memories are you making?

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Happy 4th of July!

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Wishing all our American neighbours a wonderful Independence Day! Loved this tribute to the flag.

Doh!! Sorry to all, that’s what I get for trying to post from my phone. Here is a picture of the flag that I thought was great!

Fruit…the original fast food!

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These are two of my lovelies super pumped after picking strawberries at a local farm. We are so lucky to have many pick your own farms within a short driving distance of our home.

But this is so much more than fresh picked berries. It was time with my husband, fresh air, memories with the girls, connecting with friends (an unexpected surprise to bump into two of them also there picking), supporting local farmers and an all-around great day. Talk about bang-for-your-buck!!

There are still lots of days left to get out and adventure. Find a farm, support your neighbours and enjoy the day. You never know what treasures you’ll come away with!

The Secret of Success found with Serenity, Courage and Wisdom.

“You will never change your life until you change something you do daily.

The secret of your success is found in your daily routine.”

~John C. Maxwell

I love this quote. It really resonates with me and the situations I have found myself in, in my life, especially as of late. I also think this is a true statement in regards to the negativity you can bring into your life. We have so many routines that are a part of our daily life, have you ever stopped to think how those routines impact you? Are they positive or negative? Are they habits that are performed consciously or unconsciously?

My running has fallen by the wayside. I am working at it again, but without the momentum that I had embraced since January. I always knew that if I missed one day I would get derailed, and that day came. It was the day before my husband was to go into the hospital for an angiogram, the day before our world turned upside down and would be forever altered. The day before our family would find out that one of us was now going to have to find a way to live with “heart disease” so essentially, the day before we found out we would all be living with it. The day before a Cardiac Surgeon stood by the hospital bed and said “I’m sorry I couldn’t give you a better prognosis”. Funny – a time in my life when I needed the release that came with running, and routine and I let it slip away. It’s also the same time that I stopped posting here daily. But this post isn’t about the fallout from health issues that have impacted our family over the last month or so…one day I’ll post about that, but not today.

Today I want to re-focus on how daily activities can impact our lives. First, you need to be aware of them though. I love the Orange Rhino – a mom working her way through no longer being a “yeller”. I’m a yeller, so this rings true for me. I hate being a yeller, but sometimes it feels I cannot stop myself. You can find a lot of tips on her website here :http://theorangerhino.com/ along with her story. For me this is a negative behaviour that I want desperately to change. It affects my mood, it obviously affects my children, and my husband. It’s always a quick stress reliever, that never actually relieves my stress, just temporarily dulls it while the feelings of guilt and embarrassment come to the forefront. One of the biggest things I’m coming to grasps with is that I can’t control other people’s behaviours (gasp!! who knew!!) I can only control my own, and my reaction to those behaviours.

Another wonderful group are those working towards “A Complaint Free World”. You can read more about their mission on their website at http://www.acomplaintfreeworld.org/.

Through perseverance many people win success out of what seemed destined to be certain failure.
~ Benjamin Disraeli

So be aware of the triggers that cause the negative behaviours, and look towards what daily activities you can do to promote health, happiness and success in your life. Don’t forget to look at all aspects of your life. You need to feed your body, mind and spirit to have a truly balanced and happy life. Here are a few ideas for daily behaviours to help you get started:

Find a calming start of day routine – making coffee and cuddling the cat, a tea and some bible study time, hot water with lemon and a few minutes with an uplifting blog. Notice – no internet news sites!! No mind-sucking negative-focused t.v. or media sites. Find something calming and relaxing to get you started, perhaps it will be an exercise routine. A Yoga practice or a quick run. You can increase your heart rate while calming your mind!

Crunched for time? Set a timer! Spend 10 mins playing with your kids. Go for a quick walk – look around, take in the surroundings and breathe deep. Play a game that you can walk away and come back to, like chess or a jigsaw puzzle. Write a to-do list. Sometimes having a plan, like a list, can take a lot of pressure off the many stressors of our day-to-day lives.

Have a little more time? Make a phone call to a friend, write a letter or send a card – just because! Write in a journal, or a blog (you can keep them private).

Looking for a few more ideas? You can find some great ones on Gretchen Rubin’s website.

Practicing something every day is not a new concept. AA uses it to encourage and support sobriety, many business leaders speak of perseverance in the name of success. Life coaches and personal coaches know the importance of healthy and productive repetitive behaviours.

God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
The courage to change the things I can,
And wisdom to know the difference.

How will you pass your time?

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I love this quote. How often do we think “hindsight is 20/20” or “if I’d only known…”? It’s so true that the time will pass…in fact it will fly by! Just ask any parent out there. It feels like you wait forever for your children to walk, talk, get out of diapers, start school, and in a blink we are mourning the years that have flown by all the while we were rushing through them. If you have a dream DO NOT let time be the deterrent. If anything, use time as your marker or build it into achieving your dream. I will run a marathon before I am forty, I will run 5k in under 30mins, I will be debt free in three years, I will lose 50lbs this year, I will list my top ten books and find the time to read them in 2013, I will make time to pray, to have dinner with my family, to volunteer, to learn to play an instrument. Anything we do in life WILL TAKE TIME, so allowing that time commitment to stop you from ever starting will rob you of possible joys in so many ways. Take the time, enjoy the journey, and revel in the fruits of your accomplishments.