I've spent a lot of Mother's Days wanting something outside of myself. In the early years it was usually support so I could sleep or be alone for a while. Sometimes I've wanted to feel appreciated. To get help in the garden. Lots of times I have wanted to be somehow better, to be able to enjoy feeling like a good mom, a good person.
This year, I'm turning inward. Instead of thinking about what I want, I'm thinking about what I am and taking time to love and appreciate myself like I am right now. No matter how kind my family is to me, if I don't love myself those good experiences will bounce off of me.
So this year, I'm starting a new tradition of doing a few special things just for me. And I'm going to notice a few wonderful things about me. I might even make myself a Mother's Day card! And along with loving myself, I will welcome the love that other people send my way, accepting every compliment and gift and offer of help.
Will you join me? Happy Mother's Day! <3
I'm a mom, wife, daughter, friend, and teacher who has long struggled with the desire to be the perfect person I imagine that I should be. Practicing mindfulness helps me find peace with my imperfect journey--being with myself as I truly am, loving my family as they are, and showing up for a messy world with openness and compassion.