Extraordinary Goodness is a phrase I first heard on Shelly’s Instagram. She’s a mother to 4 youngsters, three “launched” into school/the actual world and one in highschool. I really like following her for her candid sharing concerning the lovely section of elevating teenagers and past. It’s good to have somebody you admire simply forward of you in life, so you will get a glimpse of what that section may appear to be and easy methods to strategy it with an open coronary heart.
Anyway, strange goodness is about discovering the straightforward richness of life that’s proper in entrance of you. “The Good Stuff” as Kenny may name it. Or romanticizing life as others may say. It’s an idea I consider in pursuing wholeheartedly, particularly after dropping my dad and discovering that the issues I miss most are the strange and easy experiences.
I’m unsure if you happen to’ve heard the catchy “the place focus goes, vitality flows” that I consider comes from Tony Robbins. It implies that no matter we give attention to expands and intensifies. Controlling our focus is subsequently a massively essential a part of a completely satisfied life, and I’ve discovered specializing in the strange goodness to pay dividends.
In order I come to you in the present day with a barely cluttered thoughts and never fairly as stuffed with that “go get ’em vitality” that I normally have at the beginning of the week (I blame month-to-month hormonal shifts), I’d like to share with a couple of of my strange goodness moments recently. I’d additionally prefer to encourage you, revered reader (a phrase my dad all the time utilized in his psychology articles), to spend a couple of minutes in the present day reflecting on the strange goodness in your life. If you happen to’re up for sharing it with, I’d certain love to listen to it.
Life with a Tween
Hailey turns 11 in a pair weeks. That’s full on tweendom, proper? Label it no matter, this section of parenting a ten and eight yr previous is beautiful. The rising independence and the flexibility to get pleasure from increasing experiences is a lot enjoyable. We not too long ago visited Discovery Place and whereas Kaitlyn nonetheless may dash from exhibit to exhibit, Hailey is at an age the place she enjoys studying a bit extra concerning the focus after which actually dig into it.
I really like strolling in the home and discovering them baking cookies collectively (normally to promote; thank goodness we’ve a beneficiant neighborhood). And whereas they’ll squabble with the perfect of them, I’m so grateful at how nicely they nonetheless play collectively, too, whether or not it’s American Woman Dolls or science experiments within the driveway. Extraordinary goodness.
Household Sport Nights
I’m soaking within the final couple weeks of August earlier than we bounce again into soccer, swim, co-op, and all of the issues. I consider we’re prepared for the autumn routine, however making pizzas at house, studying aloud collectively, and taking part in board video games has introduced me immense pleasure not too long ago. Prior to now week we’ve performed: Trekking the World, Monopoly, and Spy Alley. Extraordinary goodness.
Connecting with Associates
I’m going to be extra conscious about reaching out to associates. It’s not a pure energy of mine, as I are inclined to get wrapped up in my household’s world. Nonetheless, final week a good friend I don’t typically get to see one on one invited us to the park and we chatted every others’ ears off for 4 hours whereas the children performed. It stuffed my cup!
We met with our besties on Friday for Mexican dinner out which was as enjoyable as all the time, and my school girlfriends and I actually have a tentative women’ weekend on the books. I don’t suppose we’ve all been collectively since Alexis’ wedding ceremony in 2017. What?! Making time for friends- Extraordinary goodness.
Sure, sure, I do know it’s nonetheless going to be heat for some time and I’m not wishing away summer time (we’ve boat membership reservations developing for some tubing). Nonetheless making ready to make my house really feel cozy and fall-like makes me bubble up with pleasure on the within. I’m holding off on adorning till Labor Day, however I gained’t fake wandering by means of Candy Grass final week made it straightforward to withstand. The brand new cabinets David constructed for our front room look so nice and I cant wait to cowl them with pumpkins! Extraordinary goodness.
I requested Hailey final evening if she’d prefer to exit to dinner for her birthday or have me make her no matter she requests. She answered “mother, your cooking is healthier than something at a restaurant” and my coronary heart melted. She went on to request burgers and tator tots which I discover hilarious as a result of there isn’t a lot cooking related to that, however I digress…
Getting meals on the desk each. single. evening is actually a labor of affection, however it’s one I take lots of pleasure in and I hope my youngsters will keep in mind me loving them in that manner. Extraordinary goodness.
I’ve an entire dinners recently publish within the works, however right here’s a couple of latest favorites:
I might add extra, like night walks and debriefing of life with David, or a loud night breathing pet at my ft, however it’s time for me to log off to prep for our two weeks of latest curriculum. We completed our first Collect Spherical unit (assessment coming tomorrow!), and now will do two weeks targeted on language arts, math, and geography earlier than starting our subsequent unit- farming and meals!
I actually hope your week begins in a constructive manner; and wishing lots of strange goodness to return your manner… and to be observed. <3
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