Friday Fun.

So it’s Friday, yay, it’s a slow work day, yay, and school starts on Monday, can I get a whoop whoop?!  It has been real, the last three weeks, challenging my parenting and my ability to stay sane to the max.  Some things I’ve learned over the holidays are:

Sweets are bribes to be used in your favour.  

Spend decent quality, focused (no phone) time with the toddler and he will allow you two hours of uninterrupted work time.

Get up early, shower and get dressed, then you’re ready when the chaos of kids starts.

Make sure you never run out of coffee, even if you have to run out of other stuff, coffee helps. 

Building puzzles over and over is their love language, just do it, again and again, the work can pause for twenty minutes.

Sigh, and into term three we go.
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Comparison is a Thief

I read a quote last night that made me think. 

“Another woman’s beauty is not the absence of your own”.

We are ALL created unique, beautiful, one of a kind, otherwise the whole idea behind DNA and how chromosomes match up wouldn’t be fascinating.  We are a “random” joining of cells that create who we are and how we look, but God had a purpose with random, He made it that way so that we ARE unique, expressing another fascet of his never ending beauty and creativity.

But switch it up now, replace the word “beauty” with “success” or “family” or “husband” or “career” and it takes on a much much broader possibility.  

Comparison is a thief, and she will steal every last bit of self worth and confidence you have, if you let her.

Don’t let her.  Love who you are, who you are becoming and the way you look, remember in whose image you are made and be secure in your unique beauty.

Gen 1:26

Dream again.

Sometimes all you need is a kick in the ass. Yup, that’s right, a swift kick in the bum to get you out of your funk and back into the groove.  Thanks to my business bestie, the fire is flaring again for dreaming big, planning things and making moves to change the status quo.  

It feels good.

Just yesterday I was saying to God that I wondered if my life routine would be this way indefinitely, boy was I wrong!  Fresh vision has been birthed and the passion to see lives uplifted and changed has been ignited!  

So now? Dream, and dream big, find that thing that sets your soul on fire and find a way to make it real. Dream again, even if it’s just on paper, then at least the plan can be followed eventually 😉

Habbakuk 2:2

Eleventh hour is a thing.

They don’t call it the eleventh hour for nothing.  The saying came about because it’s real.  It’s been that kind of season for us, everything you trust and hope for seems to come just before you’re about to give up.  When it feels like it’s almost the twelfth hour, things come through, God delivers and the ball keeps rolling.  Your faith is strengthened once again and you’re able to continue going forward.

I wish there was no such thing as the eleventh hour, but then, how would I grow? How would I mature as a person? If not for the hardships of life, how would we learn to appreciate the rainbow?  

There’s a song called “Gratitude” by Nicole Nordeman and it reminds me of this very thing, that even if he blesses us in other ways we will give thanks with gratitude.
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Friday Fun.

Friday!! Finally!! Can I get a whoop whoop!!

We love Friday in our house, it’s usually movie night, pizza, no bedtime, just chill in our pjs till the little ones pass out and watch a movie together.  But, with our town gearing up for it’s second busiest season, Winterfest, our house will be movie night sans daddy for three weeks.   So any tips on how to stay sane through bedtime without my handy helper and a back that is borderline useless at present?

In other news, Friday also means that we have managed to survive the first week of holidays! Yay!  Just two more of those to go!  Although it hasn’t been as bad as I imagined, and adjusting my work expectations has helped me to stay calm.

Have a wonderful Friday, may your weekend be all you anticipate it to be.

Image: Asherlove Photography by Kim van Vuuren

Parental Warning

There are times when I have very strong opinions about things, like sterilizing animals, treating people with respect and saying please and thank you.  Then there are times when I have overly strong opinions on things, these usually pop up when I’ve had very little sleep, this is when I should stay away from public platforms. Blogging, Facebook etc.  My ability to play nice with others is compromised and I usually get into trouble with my unfiltered mouth.

So I stay quite.

I keep my mouth shut, avoid large crowds of people and generally just keep it low profile, this is for everyone’s safety, I can be quite the verbal assassin at times.  It happens a lot now that I have a toddler and a baby.  Just last night, bedtime took a remarkable three hours, yup, three. Then baby was up quite often with cramping stomach (side effects of reflux meds is constipation), so zero sleep and I truly needed it last night, but hey, soldier on mommy, soldier on.

So if I seem a little quite it’s cause I need to reserve what little brain capacity I have to stay awake, work and be civil with my colleagues.

So send coffee, and some sleep.

Holidays, the necessary evil.

So it’s that time of year again, school holidays have arrived, and I am not impressed.  I know, teachers need a break, kids need to rest, school grass needs a chance to grow back, but seriously?!?  I think it’s only felt a little harder because I work from home and I don’t have loving family in my town to send my kids to visit.  The impact of the disrupted schedule is annoying at best and the consumption of coffee has reached new heights as I attempt to fit in toddler needs with my work.  Then there’s the four month old.  Good Lord thank Jesus for my nanny!! Without her, I would lose my mind.

It’s only day two of holidays.  Hahaha, three weeks to go!

So the plan is to take it slower, let the work take a bit of a dip, and trust Jesus that sales and marketing momentum doesn’t get affected.  Spend more time building puzzles, drawing with koki pens and making juice dates on the grass.  For all the schedule disruption and having to adjust, it is quite lovely not having to negotiate the putting on of shoes and a jacket to leave for school, I think at this stage of my life I could successfully negotiate the peace between North and South Korea after a term of getting my son to school, dressed, fed and ON TIME!

But seriously, working from home has it’s benefits and it’s drawbacks, the trick is to keep track of what season you’re in and adjust accordingly, or risk loosing your marbles.
Image: Asherlove Photography by Kim van Vuuren