June came and went in the blink of an eye! As we head into the heart (and heat!) of summer, I want to look back and reflect on June. My monthly journey provided me insight, hustle, inspiration, childhood memories, changes of plans and a few parenting ‘hacks’ along the way.
Here are my Lessons from June….
- You can do anything, but not everything. I am not sure who said this first, but I read it over a year ago and it stuck with me, but somehow I had forgotten it until just recently. I have a tendency to say yes to every good opportunity and not always consider what else I have said yes to. I also want to do and be it all and because of this I end up not being able to do much of anything. I am spread too thin and get overwhelmed. This quote was something that June showcased for me loud and clear….I need this daily reminder and to know that sometimes in doing less we can actually be doing more. Can you relate? 2. Mom dates are not just for you and your mom friends, but also with your own Mom! In my Lessons from May post I talked about how mom dates are totally a thing and totally essential! 🙂 In June my Mom and I had a mom date and it was so nice to be able to get out just the two of us and talk over coffee. We also did a little window shopping. The kids are usually always with us when we are together and while this is great; it was a nice change of pace to be able to have a conversation without interruptions and really be able to concentrate on my own Mom, instead of being Mom. I highly recommend a mom date with your Mom…I need to plan our next one…and you should too! 😉
3. Reading is SO my favorite! And sharing great books is too! I really love to read….and now that reading time is harder to come by, I really value my time reading and what I choose to read even more. I want to read good stuff (who doesn’t, right?); books that fill me up and help me in my everyday life and in moving forward with my goals, aspirations and help me become the best version of myself. I love thinking reads and ones I can write out quotes and dog-ear the pages of for future reference! And so when I find these amazing reads I can not keep them to myself. So in writing my reading update posts, I love to recommend and encourage others to share in the great words I ‘discovered’ so they too can gain insight into what the author is sharing. Books are just amazing and in my latest reading update post, the 3 books I recommend do not disappoint and are ones I learned and grew so much from this last month…check it out here- June Reading Update- 3 books to add to your Summer Reading List!4. Everything changes and everything stays the same….and nothing makes you realize this more than when you become a parent. Many times throughout the year I am struck by a memory or thought that takes me back to when I was a child. It is easy to do since I live near my childhood home and town, but for some reason summer brings out more of the memories and childhood stories. June is and has always meant Papillion Days in my hometown. Papillion is the town I grew up in and one weekend each summer was dedicated to the town festival that included a carnival, booths, fireworks, a parade, fun and laughter. This is still true today and every Father’s Day weekend Papillion Days occurs just as it did all the years of my childhood. My hometown has grown considerably…doubling or possibly tripling in size since I was a child so you can imagine how much the Papio Days festivities have changed, but in a way they haven’t and that is the great thing about it. While the carnival may have grown from a few rides to more than a dozen, the crowds have increased and the booths reach way past the playground in the park, it still houses community, belonging and summer fun…complete with a special dessert we call the ‘Monarch Wing’ and taking my kids back to this celebration each year is an amazing way to reminisce and make new memories… Do you have a favorite summer memory/event as a child that you are still partaking in and/or taking your children to now? How has it changed and how is it the same? Isn’t it amazing to go back and relive it as a parent? 5. Some of the best ‘activities’ to do with your kids are simple and require little effort. Sometimes we put so much planning and thinking into what we think our kids will want and what they will like, we overlook the simplest ideas or even what is right in front of us. Kids are not complicated as far as what they enjoy…they like easy and fun; simple joys are sometimes the best and most memorable. I have seen a few firsthand this month and so here are a few ‘parenting hacks’ for you to use as you wish 😉
* Glow sticks in the bath!! Seriously best idea ever…want to make bathtime fun? I got a pack of ten at the dollar store for $1 and they loved playing with them in the bath.
*Free cookies at the grocery store…our grocery store does this and it helps with those days the kids are not into running the errands…it gives them something to look forward to and me enough time to pick up a few items at the store while they are enjoying sweet goodness from the bakery…check with your store; many will give out something to kids while you shop.
*Backyard fishing…my husband is so creative and he came up with a game to help Paisley with her casting…a bucket and points for getting it in the bucket..easy, simple and fun…can’t get much better! 6. Trust and courage are what you need to move forward, even when you aren’t sure what path you are taking. Since starting my blog and becoming more serious about my writing, the path forward has been somewhat of a mystery. I am not sure where it will all take me, I just have to trust that the daily doing (the writing, the reaching out and posting) will result in the outcome that is meant to be. This is so hard for me, because as a planner I want to know what is going to happen and how it will all go. The path that lead me to be one of the writers on the Our Words Collaborative site was all about taking a leap and trust. June was the first month the site went live and therefore my first piece was sent out and published. I am nervous, excited and humbled to be a part of this tribe of writers and I know that God is leading me down this road, so I am going to continue to trust Him with the outcome and move forward in the daily doing….Read my first Our Words post here- Letting Go and Letting God
7. Sometimes you have to go with Plan B and other wisdom from Daniel Tiger. If you are a Mom of littles than most likely Daniel Tiger is a ‘staple’ in your house. He is full of Mr. Rogers’ wisdom and common sense. It also seems the episode that plays very often can help me in my daily journey as well. One such episode focused on this phrase- “When something seems bad turn it around and find something good”...it had been quite a day when nothing was going as planned along with a no napping toddler and then realizing I didn’t have all the items needed to make the dinner I had on the menu. I decided not to dwell on it, but instead be grateful for the frozen pizza sale at the grocery store the week before and relish in the ease of an (almost) instant and stress free dinner. I also decided to look at the positives in the day making a list of them for myself to see and declared snack time that afternoon- movie/popcorn time so that I could get a few things done and it was quiet (because I needed it!)…Plan B to the rescue! Sometimes we are faced with a totally different game plan that what we were expecting, but if we turn it around, change our perspective and choose joy over despair or disappointment we will be so much better off. Don’t let your circumstances determine your outlook…and don’t overlook the wisdom from Daniel Tiger 😉
8. Summer Bucket Lists are our favorite summer tradition. A few summers back we started doing a summer bucket list with some of our favorite summer events and activities that we wanted to make sure to do in this season. We have continued the tradition and it has become one of my favorite things to do to kick off the summer and then also to end the summer as we reflect on all that we experienced and the memories we made. It gives our summer purpose and intention. This is probably the number one reason I like it…we make a point of putting family time first, giving it a priority with how we are going to spend it and going as far as making a list together, checking it off and collecting the memories together as we go. I didn’t realize how much I looked forward to it until this year when I was writing about it in this post- Sink Into a Sun-sational Summer: Part 2 and I truly do love putting family first with this yearly activity. How do you put family first in your summer?
9. Vacation Bible School has become another favorite summer tradition. I did not attend VBS as a child; actually I do not think it was offered at my church back then. However it is offered at our church now and I have enrolled Paisley in it every year since she was old enough to go and I have never regretted it! Hearing her sing songs about Jesus to herself, attempting to teach her brother the Hail Mary and wanting to pray the rosary here at home are all reasons it is so worth it! She wants to incorporate it all into her life and realizes the importance of God, church and prayer….I really was blown away by the amount she learned this year and the joy she experienced in it all <3 I highly recommend vacation bible school for all children!
10. It is important to take in the small moments. Sometimes in the midst of everyday life I will catch glimpses of something that makes me pause and say a whispered, simple thank you to let God know I am grateful and I do see the amazing gifts before me. This happened when I captured this photo; busy getting dinner prepared this vision made me stop and smile. It is true that there are small moments that become big moments; maybe because of what they cause us to think and realize. Maybe God is telling us to take notice, to stop and remember; like taking a snapshot of it in our hearts. Even though these small moments are (usually) fleeting and the everyday must go on, we can then revisit the memory often and reflect on these gifts we have in our lives; choosing gratitude and joy in our everyday by capturing the small moments in our hearts. (and on our phones if we happen to capture the photo) 😉
Quote of the Month:
As I reflect on June I am very much reminded of how fast time does go and in the importance of enjoying those small moments, remembering gratitude, making plans but being flexible, remembering childhood memories and making new ones and the joy of simplicity. I want to remember to take it in instead of wishing it away.
The above is a quote from one of my weekly newsletters. It is something that I need to be reminded of most days. It is so easy to get caught up in the wishing of future opportunities and thinking things will be easier when we reach a certain point of time, but the reality is that we will get there eventually so why not enjoy the present time. Wishing away time only results in a lack of contentment for the current time. Time is precious. Priceless. Constant but yet fleeting. We can’t wish it away because it goes on its own anyway…we must be present in it, choose joy in it and rejoice in it; realizing it is a gift and being grateful for it.
So here’s to enjoying the summer time and living in the moment of now; taking in the joy of the journey and learning from the lessons on our way.
Happy July Friends!
I would love to hear some of your ‘Lessons from June’! What did you learn along the way and how did you grow from it?