*This is the Monday morning “from the editor” post. In addition to your daily Truth, Tip & Find, I also introduce our fabulous guests for the week — and make sure nobody goes thirsty. More coffee, anyone?
I used to think that life was better when it was comfortable.
Like a big feather pillow partnered with a Caramel Macchiato and topped with a fleece blanket — maybe with a side of Sleepless in Seattle.
But then, two years ago, we had our sweet Kate. And in my Pixar-movie world, a surprise Down syndrome diagnosis was anything but comfortable. It rocked me, it shocked me — but now two years later, I’ve found it to be an incredible gift.
One that has taught me the meaning of life, which is: we’re not made to be comfy.
It’s kind of like the whole science to body building. When it comes to building muscles, you have to push them, “break them down,” and then rest them — then they grow back even bigger and stronger. But if you just rest all the time?
So now, I have a totally different life philosophy that starts with being out of my comfort zone. And it doesn’t have to be in big, meaningful ways all the time, but in small ways: having crucial conversations, making a new friend, hosting a party, running a mile (or 10), writing a love song or even a blog post, telling your story — being vulnerable.
Getting uncomfortable isn’t easy, but nothing worth it ever is. And whether it’s lacing up your jogging shoes, adopting children in need, starting your own business, pursuing a passion, life is always better when we keep the faith, let go of fear, and dive in head first.
“It takes courage to push yourself to places that you have never been before. To test your limits. To break through barriers. And the day came when the risk it took to remain tight inside the bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.” — Anais Nin
Use old magazines for wrapping paper.
I love using unique things for wrapping paper besides the same ole’ shiny stuff you buy in rolls from Target. In fact, one of my favorite wrappings is Julie Andrews’ favorite as well: brown paper packages tied up in string. One fun way to recycle old magazines is to use the pages to wrap presents. Fun, easy, and cheap.
We recently borrowed this bounce house from a friend for our 2-year-old’s birthday party.
And, um, let me just say it’s amazing. (Here’s my 2-year-old at her “princess party” looking for some entertainment from the court jesters.)
It’s a big, sturdy bounce house (as nice as any rental) that is quite reasonably priced for the use you get out of it. It inflates and deflates for easy storage in just minutes and provides hours of entertainment to hyper, sugared-up toddlers at any special gathering.
And here’s the best part: the adults can actually eat and finish sentences while the children bounce!
Check it out here.
In the house
I’m so excited about this week! Tomorrow we have the ever-so-talented Pilar Guzman, Editor-in-Chief of Martha Stewart Living. Read Martha’s blog post welcoming Pilar to the magazine. Wednesday we have the inspiring Molly who writes about family life in “a fixer-upper farmhouse in rural Maryland” on her blog, Mommy Coddle. Thursday it’s the current New York Times best-selling author and popular blogger, Melanie, AKA Big Mama. And Friday is the lovely Lindsay from My Child I Love You — currently pregnant with her beautiful baby #8.
May your week be full of blossoms.
Contributor: Lauren, Founder and Editor of 3ThingsforMom.com
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