Nov 14 2011

Color it Rainbow

I don't know about you, but I am too comfortable in routine.  I joke that every day in my life is like the movie "Groundhog Day", sometimes if feels like life is stuck on repeat.  Breakfast, Work, Gym, Dinner, Homework Time, Bath Time, Bed Time, Repeat.  

And when something gets in the way of that routine, I admit I do not respond well.  Over the weekend I was in a hurry to get my kids out the door, but my 5 year old daughter, Emily didn't care. She was coloring.  She doesn't just color things pink or purple, she colors them "rainbow".  That's a primary color to her.  I love that.  

I stopped hurrying and let her finish her "rainbow" dress on the princess picture of the day.  As I watched her I thought, "why not color my life rainbow."  Instead of using the same color all the time of black and brown.  Try indigo and violet.   Take a different route to work.  Try new things.  Learn something new. 

Get unstuck.  Wake up.  We get so stuck in our routine, our closed little world of work and church, and closet full of beige sweaters and black flats.  We're so busy trying to fill some kind of role, we're dying inside from boredom.  I lived that life of trying to be the perfect wife and stay at home mom.  I know.  Mine imploded, and then came the rainbow.

I don't know about you, but I want less beige, and more rainbow.  I'll be going through my closet tonight.

Tell me what new thing you want to do to get unstuck...

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Nov 12 2011

Make It an Adventure

Maybe you’ve got some stuff on your to do list today that your not looking forward to, I say, "Make them an adventure."

Had one of those things you love to hate on my “to do list” yesterday,  the school fundraiser.  Don’t get me wrong it’s a great thing.  I support our schools, it’s just not always fun to take your 5 year old around and ask for people to buy things.

Yesterday was pick up day for all the stuff she sold.  I wondered how was I going to do that 3 kids,10 boxes of frozen cookie dough and 1 parent.

Instead of dreading it, we made it an Adventure.  Other parents might have thought I was nuts letting a 5 year old and 3 year old carry cookie dough to the car themselves, but what else was I supposed to do, I was carrying the baby.  You know what, they had fun though.  My son couldn’t stop talking about how strong his muscles were. 

Take the things on your to do list and make them an adventure.  I love what Maya Angelou said, “Life is pure adventure, the sooner we realize that, we’re able to treat life as art.”

I don’t know about your family, but in mine…The Adventures of Mommy, Emily, Andy, and Zoe.  We roll together at the gym, at the school fundraiser, we may just even cut down a real Christmas Tree together this year.   Life as we know it is not a pain or a bother, its art, and we paint with bright colors. 

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