Do you ever feel yourself in a state of transition? From what are you transitioning now?

It was suggested to me recently that I write a bit more here. Hmm..

I suppose that has merit.  I suppose I could make the time.  I suppose life would support it.

Yet, where is life?

Currently it’s a massive state of transitions.

I look up and laugh when I write that.  Those seven words are quite the understatement.

Currently life is a mix of packing, unpacking, writing workouts on a white board, remembering to shower, forgoing showers to spend time with our girls, listening to Scott, researching frantically, and making peace with whatever life gives me/us.

Yes, I know we co-create life, but sometimes we must make peace with the moments. We must accept that we’ve done our best and are doing our best.


For me, the best right now, is supporting this girl as she grows.  Listening to her.  Holding her when she requests it versus asking her to wait a minute.  Laughing at our reflections in the window.

It’s being honest with my health goals.  It’s remembering that I want to live an energetic life long beyond this moment.  It’s carving out time for trainer sessions and forgoing swims to hike in the rain forest.

Life is a grand transition.  Just as that duck swims off  of the frame and into a new adventure, so we are transitioning from one frame to the next.

What are your perspectives on transitions? Do they scare you? Do you embrace them? Do you just stand in awe of them?

Motherhood Your Way

Do you ever feel like you should be mothering a different way?  Or guilt about how you mother your child(ren)?

Yesterday and today I’ve come to some conclusions and had some awareness moments about how I’m mothering our daughters and the life we’re living.

  • Our life is our life.  It’s just the way it is. Translation- Just because others live a more traditional or different life does not mean I need to (or should) feel guilty about our life.  I need to embrace our life more so we truly live it.
  • Adventures are just part of our life. As I noted on an Instagram post yesterday, I’ve surrendered.  I’ve surrendered that our girls will be taken on spontaneous adventures because it’s who we are.  I’m done feeling guilty about interrupting their quiet home moments for adventures waterfall hunting, hiking, making art with seaweed, and more.
  • I need to guide our daughters as best as I can. Our life dictates different guidance.  Our girls need to be aware of certain elements, just as any other mother’s life dictates the guidance she needs to impart on her child(ren).  I need to teach our girls about walking on moss-covered rocks up waterfalls, about balance, and more.  I am and will.

That’s it in a nutshell.  Sometimes the biggest thoughts are not the largest posts.  I’ve also come to the conclusion that I need to make time for blogging a bit more, and so I will.

What have you discovered about yourself?  About your mothering?  About your life?

Yoga and Photography

Are you setting any mid-year focuses?  What nourishes you as a Mom (or mom-to-be)?

We’ve passed the Elena-is-six-months mark, so I am returning more actively to life.  My extreme baby-is-everything focus is shifting…just a bit.  As I seek to find a bit more balance in life, I’m increasing my focus on my once-in-stillness (and hidden?) yoga practice and photography.  I’d like to gain a much deeper understanding of the camera and research other options for a new one.

As I thought about these two I wondered how they go hand-in-hand.  Will a stronger yoga practice help my photography?  Will I be able to focus better on the shots as a result of a deeper and more regular yoga practice?  Will I be able to silence the Mom-life for just long enough to understand what needs to be photographed?

It seems to me that, yes, by returning to a rejuvenated yoga practice, my photography will improve.  It’s not just mental as I will be more comfortable and in tune with my body.  My awareness of the space around me will be heightened in a positive manner.  My strength and flexibility will help me to adapt to uneven terrain and challenging weather conditions.

I don’t have any scientific tests to create a baseline.  Just my own perceptions which are impacted by many factors.  I won’t be able to look at numbers and charts to see if there is a true correlation at the end of the year; however, I am excited about seeing, feeling, and living the progress.

I am grateful to be able to nurture myself as I nurture two young daughters and seek to be fully supportive of a brilliantly creative husband.

How are you balancing your own interests and needs with those of your child(ren)?