Happy New Year, mamas!
I hope you all had a glorious holiday season with your loved ones and a great start to 2016.
I am very sorry that it has been so quiet around The Healthy Haus lately. Unfortunately, my year ended a little more tumultuous than expected. Although my oldest started kindergarten in the fall, I have been reminded daily how much both of my children still need me and need of me which, at times, has pushed me to my very limits. In addition, taking care of some health concerns and a few other personal issues kept me exceptionally (pre)occupied over the last few weeks. During my very short intervals of free time, all I could get myself to do was nothing at all.
That’s the superficial version of it.
What would you do if you were not afraid of failing?
The other day, when I was mindlessly flipping through my Costco Connection, I read about Brené Brown (a research professor at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work) and her latest book Rising Strong. Rising Strong is about daring to be vulnerable and knowing that if you put yourself out there “in the arena” and you are “brave enough, often enough,” eventually you will fall. Brené encourages people to commit wholeheartedly without knowing the outcome and teaches them how to get back in the proverbial saddle after being knocked face down in the sand. Knowing that we will fail eventually but doing something regardless and being able to rise strong even after the hardest of falls – this, according to Brené, is the the key to real “badassery” and ultimately, a “heartfelt life” of love, joy, creativity, and connectedness.
How grateful do children have to be?
Just the other day, my husband and I tried to wrap our heads around this concept. In fact, we both seemed to struggle with it. We talked for a while and then ended our conversation deciding that, when it comes to our kids, there are two sides to gratitude.
I am happiest in moments when I feel like I am exactly where I need to be.
In those moments, when my heart feels at peace, I am able to fully enjoy the present and that in itself makes me happy. To be honest, these moments can be hard to come by at times. By nature, I am a worrier, always planning ahead, constantly organizing my life in my mind. Letting go is something I have to practice everyday.
The secret to achieving deep happiness and true power
The other day when I tested and reviewed YogaGlo for all my fellow yoga loving mamas out there, I was curious about some of the meditation classes they offer and gave this one a try:
The 3 Keys to Radical Happiness with David Harshada Wagner