Living the dream

I recently read an article regarding self-esteem of business professionals. This certainly hits home. 

My husband and I own a business. Being an entrepreneur has certainly come with it’s own set of challenges. One challenge is being a self-motivator. As an entrepreneur, you do not always have people around to remind you of the great job you’re doing. There can be times when you are working long hours alone. Sometimes, the people we expect to be our greatest cheerleaders are not. It is very humbling when a cheerleader appears out of the blue from the people you least expect.

Being an entrepreneur can certainly be an emotional roller coaster. During the low times, it is important to keep trudging one step in front of the other. 

As hard as it may be, you sometimes need to be your own cheerleader. You also need to be accepting of those unexpected cheerleaders.

Around here, however, we don’t look backwards for very long.

We keep moving forward, opening new doors and doing new things, because we’re curious…and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.

– Walt Disney

https://bodymindinstitute.com/the-impact-of-lacking-self-esteem-on-business-professionals/

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Music to soothe the soul

My husband is a big music buff, and he taught me to listen to the lyrics. Once I started doing that there is so much meaning in songs.

One of my favorite songs is Katy Perry’s Firework. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QGJuMBdaqIw

Maybe a reason why all the doors are closed

So you could open one that leads you to the perfect road

Like a lightning bolt, your heart will glow

And when it’s time you’ll know

You just gotta ignite the light and let it shine

Just own the night like the 4th of July…

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Try

…dreams are made possible if you try. – Terry Fox

Last night I was reminded to try. Our youngest daughter can be somewhat destructive. She broke one of her sister’s things, and I was reminded to try to fix it. What harm can come out of it? Either it’s fixed or it’s not. It is now fixed.

We need to learn to believe in ourselves. If you don’t believe in yourself, who will believe in you.

Learn to rely upon yourself. Take total responsibility for everything that comes into your life. You always have a choice in how you react to anything life offers you. – Dr. Viktor Frankl

Everything is Awesome!

One of the songs my kids like right now is Everything is Awesome from The Lego Movie. I had it stuck in my head the other monring as we had been listening to it the night before. I was then checking my emails, and my message from the Universe was: “Everything in your life, right now, is awesome…” – TUT…A Note From the Universe. I gave myself a chuckle and thought, okay, what is the Universe telling me today; obviously, everything is awesome.

It got me pondering again about life and our roles in it, and about The Lego Movie. We are all master builders of our own lives, and there comes a time when we need to think outside the instruction manual. Sure we can go through life doing what “someone” has claimed is the “right” thing to do. Yet there comes a time where we need to start thinking for ourselves, and build our lives “free style”.

When there is something going on we don’t like, take a chance to change it. Follow your dreams and find a way to make those dreams a reality.

The meaning of life is that it is to be lived, and it is not to be traded and conceptualized and squeezed into a pattern of systems. – Bruce Lee

Everything is awesome!!!!

Dream

A dream doesn’t become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination, and hard work. – Colin Powell

Frogs, Worms & Mud Pies

I was inspired by an article from theatlantic.com called The Overprotected Kid. It got me thinking about my own childhood, and how I am now raising my own kids.

Looking back on my own childhood it consisted of playing outside a lot, whether it be with my sister, friends, or other kids in the neighbourhood. We would go to the park around the corner from our house by ourselves. As we got a bit older, we even ventured to the neighbourhood convenience store for the occassional slurpy and treat by ourselves. If the weather wasn’t nice, we’d play in our play room in our basement, playing house, school, etc.

At school, I can remember playing with my friends in one of the sandpits in the school yard. We carved out our “houses” and collected lids off tin cans and other little pieces of garbage from a near by alley way to be our plates and decorations. My husband and I were recently at the park with our own daughters, when I observed similar behaviour of playing with the garbage on the playground. My oldest found an empty fruit cup container and was filling it with gravel pretending it was cat nip for Puss N’Boots, played by my youngest daughter.

Before we moved out of the city, I can recall one of our neighbours who had a couple of boys. She would sit outside in her lawn chair reading a book while her kids rode their bikes up and down the sidewalk on our block. What happened to the days of letting the kids out to play on their own.

For the past couple of years, I have let our girls play outside on their own. My only rules are, they have to stay on the sidewalk, and they can’t leave our block. They have also spent countless hours playing in the back yard on their own.

I have found a stranded toddler stuck on the swing set ladder she tried to climb to do the monkey bars by herself. I’ve found another child heaped on the sidewalk as she had tried to ride her bike down 2 steps to the sidewalk. Am I a bad parent? Some might think so. I’d rather think I was helping to build character. Why not let the kids explore and learn for themselves what the consequences are?

Last weekend we let the kids have free range of our upstairs with some friends, while us adults were working in the basement. At one point, I had gone upstairs to find them working on crafts. They were making taborines with some paper plates they found and they wanted macaroni to put into them to make them noisy. They had also helped themselves to cookies left sitting out on the counter, and had poured themselves juice. Was I mad? No, at least they were playing nicely together.

Kids should be allowed a certain level of autonomy. Let them play!

Believe in the Beauty

The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams. – Eleanor Roosevelt

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