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What Would My Kids Say?

3 Things by Melissa Lanz, The Fresh 20

3 Things by Melissa Lanz, The Fresh 20


I need to slow down.

I tend to be an extremely driven person when goals are in front of me. I keep telling myself that I will have more time to be a superhero mom once I get everything on my list done. The truth is, my list is never done. Cape time is now.

Sometimes, motherhood is a struggle when you have dreams to nurture and a business to manage. And yet, my true dreams are to be loved and raise well-rounded human beings from the ground up!

Am I failing?

I’m scared to ask my children the one thing they would say about mom.

I know the answer.

“She’s always working.”

And they would be right.

I need to slow down and enjoy the health and happiness I’ve worked so hard for my family to achieve.

I need to give up the phrase, “In a minute.” And while I’m at it, I’d like to eliminate, “I’m almost done.”

I need to stop looking for acceptance within success.

I need to be enough. An “As-Is” version of myself that can take the time to slow down and play with my boys without putting them on the backburner.

The rest can wait.

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“Take ten.”

A ten minute break.

Ten minutes to plan the day.

Ten minutes of stretching.

Ten minutes of closing your eyes and basking in the sunlight.

Ten minutes for a spontaneous dance party.

Ten minutes cooking something to nurture yourself.

Ten minutes calling someone you love and miss.

Ten minutes doing absolutely nothing.

Ten minutes for a cup of tea.

Don’t deny yourself the daily moment dedicated to a simple rest.

It increases your productivity, mood and sense of happiness.

Such a small investment for a big reward.


Every now and then, I buy something special for myself.

These Stella & Dot angel wings have become a daily reminder of life’s blessings.  And the compliments I’m receiving on the necklace are definitely a mood booster.

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  • Lindsey March 7, 2013 at 11:01 am

    I love this. What better way to calibrate how our reality correlates to our wishes than to think of how it appears to our children? xoxo

  • Kathryn March 7, 2013 at 12:07 pm

    Exactly what *my* heart needed to hear today. Divine providence. Thank you for being real. God bless!

  • Vicky March 8, 2013 at 5:27 am

    Thank you for this! I’m going to enjoy my cup of coffee. I’m going to stretch today and remember to be in the moment with the kids. This post is such a good reminder not to get spun out about work and remember my goal for the year. It is my family and that balance that really matters and needs my attention.

  • Sarah March 8, 2013 at 3:34 pm

    It’s like you are inside my head. Sorry about that but thank you for these reminders.

  • blueskies March 9, 2013 at 7:31 am

    “All you can do is all you can do and all you can do is enough”.

  • Ramona Trulear March 9, 2013 at 9:56 am

    Thank you. Most times we forget what’s really important. Needed that.

  • happycalmchild March 9, 2013 at 12:18 pm

    Thanks for this reminder! It’s so much easier to take 10 minutes for yourself here and there as opposed to taking an hour. Of course, an hour should be fine too… Funny, the ways we need to “trick” our minds to build a new, more positive mindset! ; )