Words of Wisdom:
“The end of one chapter is just the beginning of another. Read on…the best part is always yet to come.” ~Susan Gale
Thoughts for August:
What a difference a year makes. In five days, my sweet baby boy, Mateo, turns a year old. I’ve been very emotional over it. For the past six years, all I’ve known is raising babies. From our first child’s arrival in 2010, to our third little one’s arrival last August.
With Mateo being our last baby, it’s a closing of a chapter in a sense…all the “first of the lasts,” and I’ve been heart-bent over it. I have loved and found so much joy in pregnancy, birth, and raising my little ones. Is it incredibly hard work? Absolutely. But, it’s my life’s greatest work and joy, and I am sad that the “baby season” of my life is coming to an end.
I have loved and found so much joy in pregnancy, birth, and raising my little ones.
The fact that nearly six years have passed since this all began, well, I simply can’t believe it! Looking back at where I started, I think I’ve done pretty well. I birthed my first child in 2010, and then, birthed Mind Body Flow Yoga, 15 months later. Eleven months after that, I birthed my second child. And then, came Mateo, two years later.
It has, by no means, been a perfect journey. Raising three children under the age of 6, all while raising a new business, is no easy task. But, I wouldn’t change this journey for anything. Where I am right now in this moment, is perfect. Because what I’ve realized is this…where we are at any moment in time, that’s exactly where we should be.
All in all, not a bad ride at all. And it’s only just begun. That’s the beauty in all of this. The years may be short, but the days are long, and I plan to pack as much life into each day as I possibly can.
…and I plan to pack as much life into each day as I possibly can.
These days, I keep reminding myself of this: when one chapter ends, another begins. So, as tender as my heart may feel with our last baby turning one soon, I’m thinking of it as a new beginning and am excited for all the fun milestones and adventures to come. I also am filled with immense gratitude for the blessing of three little ones and the joy they all continue to add to my life daily.
All this to say that as chapters in your life close, rest assured that a new path…a new beginning, is being paved. Acknowledge yourself and give yourself credit for how far you’ve come in this chapter. Allow yourself to feel all that you feel in the closing of a chapter (sadness, loss, etc.). But, know that by this chapter closing, a new chapter with endless possibilities has just begun.
It’s like stepping foot onto your mat. Whether it’s your third time in a given week, your first time ever, or your first time after a long hiatus…the previous chapters or “stories” are no longer relevant. All that matters is that current chapter…that present moment…and all the possibilities that lie ahead of it.
All that matters is that current chapter…that present moment…and all the possibilities that lie ahead of it.
So, at our baby boy’s birthday party in a few more days, I’ll be sure to raise a glass and toast, not only to Mateo and his precious first year of life, but to myself and my husband, and the fact that we have made it through our first year as a family of five, and being parents to three little ones. I know in my heart that it’s a cause for celebration all around, as this chapter closes and another one begins.
The years may be short, but the days are long. Where you are right now in this moment, is perfect.
Will you take a moment to give yourself credit and acknowledgement for how far you’ve already come?
Will you see each closing chapter as an opportunity for a new beginning with endless possibilities?
Do you plan to pack as much life into each day as you possibly can?
I sure hope so! 🙂
About the Image:
Marina Mukandala, is featured in this newsletter issue in butterfly pose (Badhakonasana), with her infant son, Mateo. The benefits of Badhakonasana are as follows:
- Aids in intestine and bowel movement
- Removes fatigue from long hours of standing and walking
- Offers relief from menstrual discomfort and menopause symptoms
- Helps in smooth delivery if practiced regularly until late pregnancy
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How does love show up for you on your mat? What connected with you the most? Did I miss anything?