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practicing yoga off the mat.
Thrive (v.): To prosper, flourish, bloom, succeed.
I chose the word “thrive” to be my theme for 2018 because honestly, after a long winter break, I was barely staying afloat personally. I am a stay-at-home mother, a CEO of the household if you prefer titles. But this particular job I cannot quit when I get down in the dumps. My clients cannot be fired because they demand too much. And I’m supposed to always feel loving and grateful to spend all this time with them.
So, why do I feel as though I am counting down the minutes until closing otherwise known as bedtime? I would spend those hard days checking social media, reading emails or just filling time with housework.
This feeling is not exclusive to parenthood. We all get stuck in a rut – whether at home or work. And when we’re stuck, we start looking for ways to distract ourselves from the root cause. We begin to complain and ask why me. We disconnect from others and isolate ourselves. Our days become long and unenjoyable as we just try to make it through the day.
Mark Nepo wrote, “We are so achievement-oriented that we often surge right by the true value of relating to what’s before us, because we think that accomplishing things will complete us, when it is experiencing life that will.” Guilty. We place our own expectations to how a day should be, and are let down when it fails to meet that goal.
One answer to thriving and pulling our self out of the rabbit hole is being present. So easy, right? Here are a few ways I am able to find more pleasure and happiness in my days:
Thinking of the word “thriving” brings a feeling of deep happiness to me. I invite you to join me in striving to thrive in 2018.