Bloom Where you are Planted | March Free Print

Since I've been in Charlottesville, I've wanted to move back home to Pittsburgh. I go through these little spells where I REALLY want to get back home. And because the "grass is always greener" mentality does me no good, I often get a little sad and sorry for myself when I'm in these spells.

Last year, I was going through a particularly rough one of these phases. Unrelated, I was looking for a spring-ish quote to letter and put up in my home to add some seasonal decor. I came across the quote "Bloom where you are planted," and realized not only was it perfect for spring, but it was an encouragement I needed.

It has stayed up in our home ever since, because I need the reminder more often than not.

A year later, and I can't say I don't still have the same struggle. I would absolutely love to be near my family. I grew up around all of the family, all of the time. I would love that for Gemma. But the truth is, that's not an option right now, and that's not my reality. Most of the time I realize that. But when I don't, and when I focus on what I don't have, I tend to forget about all I have to be thankful for where I am.

So this idea of blooming where I am planted, it reminds me that this is where I am right now, and there are good things to be thankful for. There are relationships to foster and new connections to be made, all right here. There are beautiful things all around me, and sometimes I just need to remember to see them.

In this season of life, I have a beautiful baby, a supportive husband, great friends, and jobs that I wouldn't have if I didn't live right where I am. I have a home that I love, and I live in a town surrounded by beautiful mountain views. There is so much to do here, and even though my family is far, they visit often (because they want to see Gemma, of course). Really, there is so much to be thankful for. When I wish I was somewhere else, I forget that.

This encouragement is for you today, because I'm sure we all need the encouragement to be more present, right where you are, no matter what season you are in.

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What Fills You Up? | February Free Print

The other day I was listening to a podcast (story of my life) and heard something that really made me rethink how I'm currently living my life. "You can't pour from an empty glass." Fill yourself up first. This was the main encouragement of the speaker (Christy Wright).

As women, we live with so much guilt all of the time. If I spend time on myself, doing something I enjoy doing, I feel guilty. In fact, when I even think about doing something nice for myself, I usually just convince myself it isn't needed.

But self care isn't just doing something nice for yourself (though I can't even do that most of the time.) It's not just getting your hair done, or a pedicure, or buying a new outfit every once in a while and calling it good.

It has to be a regular thing. An everyday filling up.

As a new mom, that sounds like time that I don't have. I work part time out of the home as a teacher and part time in home while taking care of Gemma on the days I'm home. How can I possibly find time to do things that fill me up?

Of course, being with Gemma fills me up. Seeing her laugh and smile and grow and learn fills my heart. But that's a different kind of filling. Being a mom means pouring everything out, all the time. A whole lot of giving.

So to be able to do that kind of giving, to pour myself out, I have to be filled up first. And I'm realizing that. I'm realizing certain things fill me up. Like reading, time with God, spending time with my husband, writing, art.

So instead of pushing off any kind of self care because I don't have time, I am trying to embrace it.

This idea of needing to be full before being able to pour yourself out- it isn't just for moms. Everyone gives themself in some way- be it to friends, family, work. You have to take care of yourself before you can take care of others or you'll most likely end up burned out and empty.

So what fills you up? Do more of it. You'll be better for it, and so will the people you love.

Get this free print and hang it somewhere that will remind you that taking care of yourself is just as important as taking care of the people you love.