So often we carry things around because we don’t have a solution, because we can’t let go, or because we think we deserve to be weighed down. Instead of breaking free, we keep going. We keep carrying the extra weight. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ And we don’t just carry our weight, but we try to carry the weight of our loved ones, and the weight of the world. If the guilt, fear, regret, anger, worry, stress, frustration, pain or whatever it is you are carrying is too heavy, put it down for a while. Put it down and take care of your heart. Put it down and rest. Put it down and write about your struggles. Put it down and ask for help. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ It’s almost impossible to have clarity on next steps or to really know what you want when you are carrying too much. Perhaps, after you put it down and feel light, you can move towards giving it away, forgiving yourself, and letting go. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ You don’t deserve to be weighed down. You deserve to feel light. You deserve a minute of peace. You deserve to smile, laugh, and to be free. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ If it’s too heavy, put it down. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Art: @thelifeonpurposemovement
When you DIY twice a year and have to take a picture or else you’ll forget you can be crafty if you want to. 😂 On a more serious note keep reading for some thoughts that have been on my heart lately. 👉🏼 This platform has it positives and one of them for me has been the mama community. Women supporting women, right? Lately I’ve been feeling drained when I get on here because I’ve been seeing a lot of this attitude that’s so disappointing to me. It looks like someone not being able to deal if another mama has a different story than they do and lashing out in negative comments on her personal profile. Just one example of a time I’ve seen this is when a breastfeeding mama is sharing about her story and experiences in her motherhood and she receives comments on how she shouldn’t share because it makes those who weren’t able to breastfeed feel bad about themselves. Let me break by saying I get it. It’s super shitty when you look around and see other women able to do things you aren’t able to. I get it more than most! I can’t do pregnancy. I cannot grow a baby and come out alive without intense daily medical intervention due to a severe form of a rare condition. Let me tell you, it sucks to put it lightly; that I can’t do something that most women can do without a second thought. And yeah every single time I see a pregnancy announcement it does sting. But this doesn’t mean I’m negative towards women who have a different story or outcome than me or that I feel the need to be hateful, rude or discouraging towards them because they’re able to do something I’m not. We have the power to choose how we react in any situation. We can choose to be happy for others in what they are able to do or instead choose to be bitter and spread negativity instead of being encouraging. There will always be others in life who can do something you are unable to, as hard as that is to handle at times. Be a woman who
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#salsaroja para la carne asada 😋 Nada como la salsa recién hecha. Y ésta nunca falla! La pongo en un frasco por si sobra simplemente la tapo y guardo en el refrigerador. Aunque lo más que pasa ahí es 1 día. Se termina rápido 😍 La receta para esta salsa está en el blog ❤ . . . . . #salsa#unamexicanaenusa
Just stumbled upon this sweet scene of this sweets-snatcher 😆 this explains the shortage of Hershey kisses for their advent tree 😂😂 Can we count this for motor-skills development? 😅😂 Making a late pancake breakfast over here - and then gonna do some school and then try and finish up our garlands 🙌🏻 loving the evergreen scent!!! 😍😍 Do you decorate with fresh greens or fake? We do a combo 😏 BTW - just wanted to say - I am so thankful for this outlet - this community - Instagram can bring you down and stress you out if you let it. People can be mean, unkind, judgemental, hateful - the list goes on. BUT it can also be the most wondrous place of connection and love if you let it. It’s all how you choose to see it - which is how it is with most things in life right? ❤️ I consider it such a privilege to cheer other mamas on in their pursuits and successes! The inspiration and encouragement in the homeschool community in particular is just on another level. Homeschooling can be very lonely - very intimidating. But having access to mamas from all walks of life, around the world, pursuing the same thing you’re pursuing? It’s a kind of kinship that moves my heart with the deepest sense of gratitude. We are all just human. Flawed, imperfect. We all have struggles and challenges in our lives. We can dwell on those, or we can seek to see the hidden beauty in the mess. Here’s to finding those moments in your day mama 😘 this pic of lulu is one of mine ☺️❤️ #homeschoolfamily#homeschoolers#homeschooled#learningathome#enchantedchildhood#childrenseemagic#magicofchildhood#homeschoolmom#wildandfreemama#wildandfreechildren#charlottemasoninspired#unschool#unschooling#unschoolers#simplethingsmadebeautiful#itsthelittlethings#farmhousechristmas#capturingchildhood#treasuringlittlememories#hellostoryteller #storytellingmama.
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“The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate.” - @oprah ♥️ Today, Ruby came home from school super excited to show me something in her backpack. She dug inside and pulled out this Christmas tree ornament that she made in occupational therapy. Her face beamed with pride as she handed it to me and said, “here you go, momma.” To some people, this may seem like a small accomplishment or a simple, everyday gesture. But to me, it meant everything. ♥️ #celebratelife#itsthelittlethings#disabilityawareness#disability#disabilityisnotinability#strommesyndrome#raregemruby
A little parenting PSA: Yesterday, I posted a photo of our youngest out of someone’s arms for one of the first times in eight weeks. She may have been sleeping, she may not have been, but she was no more than 12 inches away from someone at all times. That time out of my arms lasted a glorious 45 mins. I ate, I used the bathroom, I made some big latched mama decisions without a baby on my breast and an oxytocin rush (a must when there are thousands of dollars at play), I hugged an employee who was having a rough day, I took the trash out, I filled my water bottle, I signed my kids up for swim lessons, I hopped on Amazon and finally started our Christmas shopping, I facetimed with the other kids, (I asked someone to sit in my seat) and walked around the warehouse and I met with the customer service team to make sure you all were happy and taken care of. The baby was never in danger. I scooped her up when she started looking unsettled, fed her, put her in our beloved ring sling, and we went about our day. I shared the product on our story because after five kids, I think it’s super well designed and I was surprised that I had never heard of it. Yes, attachment parenting is my jam, and I wear my babies 90% of the time. But motherhood is hard and we all make choices every day. I chose to put my baby down, in a safe way- and our inbox erupted. After five kids, I am confident in my choices (especially with this little one- it only gets harder as they get older) and could take the messages for what they are- but my heart hurts for the moms with less support or experience. So our message today is please have the confidence to “do you”- YOU are important and you matter- if you need to put your baby down in a safe place- it’s ok 💗
I’m overwhelmed by the outpouring of love on my stories yesterday. Feeding a baby is so multi-faceted and never as straightforward as I think it should be. You guys had some awesome suggestions and I’m so incredibly thankful! If nothing else I feel far less alone in our struggles! We’re all alive so even if getting the baby fed doesn’t look like how I expect, that’s ok. I’m still hoping she’ll come around to nursing better before my supply completely tanks, but if not, oh well. I know it’ll be a blip on the radar in the long run!
Baby girl, Arie Chupinsky, will be joining us in May ✨🤰🏼🌈 • • It wasn’t too long ago that I was sitting on the other side of pregnancy announcements, each one tearing open the hole in my heart a little more. It is not lost on me that this announcement will bring so many smiles but also a few tears. If you’re struggling with miscarriage, it is my hope that my rainbow brings you hope, but it’s also okay if you’re overcome with sadness 💛 • • I didn’t think I’d use the term rainbow baby. I didn’t want a new pregnancy to be tied to so much sadness. But that was naive of me. Arie is the beauty and light we needed after being amidst the darkness and clouds. Grateful doesn’t even begin to scratch the surface 💝
i love decorating for christmas with natural things like dried oranges, cranberries & evergreen!🍊🎄 it doesn't cost as much & i like the look of it better then store-bought decorations! it makes me so happy.🙌🏻❤️😍 • what's your favorite christmas decoration???❤️ #naturalchristmasdecor#christmasseason#zerowastechristmas
. We have always been fascinated by the exquisite designs of antique pieces. The craftsmanship and refinement reflect a time of their own. This time we have decided to turn a small piece of the old world charm into a wax seal stamp. Can you guess where the inspiration came from? - Tap on the photo for the link to the product👆🏼
Are you half way through the week & ready to run away? . I want to help you build a life that you don’t need regular breaks from. . This is what I do with my clients & we’re going to start right now. . What are 3 things that yield the biggest results for your self care? . Think about what things truly change the way you feel about your life. . For me some of them are: ✨Fresh sheets ✨ Zumba class - is it glamorous or then best workout NOPE but it brings me SO MUCH JOY & I am moving! ✨My Pilates classes & studio @springboardpilates - I feel stronger, calmer, grounded & oxygenated...it’s my meditation, workout & community ✨Parking my car in the garage so I don’t have to scrape snow off it ✨Morning coffee that matches my mood . Is there is one thing that brings an immediate smile & sense of comfort, delight, joy, peace or strength to your life? . Can you incorporate that into this week...or even today? If you do tag me or share in the comments below!! I can’t wait to see... . If you’re thinking “I do all the things I should, but I can’t tell you the last time I felt any of those”...look for it - what are you doing? . That might be your self care!! . . . . . Note: self care is not always insta worthy. The goal is to build a life you love not a life others like to look at. . 😘 I can’t wait to hear what you discover!!
Are you a night owl or an early bird? • I'm an early bird by circumstance, but as soon as my kids go to college I have a feeling I'll revert. Still, no point holding my breath for that. 😂 • If you're an early bird, can you read in the morning? Or is it something you can only enjoy when your work + chores are done like me? • (Note: I continue to be haunted by this towering stack of books. Thank you, @torbooks @vintageanchorbooks @simonandschuster for all your awesome gifts, all the time!)
Mama got her new iPhone 11 Pro today! 🎉 I only waited 3 weeks to get the storage I wanted. This little computer phone is my “office”. It’s how I make 90% of my income. It pays for diapers, groceries, gas, the car payment, rent etc etc. It keeps me connected to y’all and allows me to plug in to stay accountable to my own fitness journey. What a wild time to be alive! We have access to all these free platforms at our fingertips. We can share authenticity while we grow professionally. I literally share with people the same programs I do, and then get paid by the amazing company for referring them. It’s not complicated, sketchy or magical. It’s just good business. When I see girls on their phones, I think.. they could be getting paid for that 🤔 It’s also a business write off, takes selfies in portrait mode and it’s cute & gold ✨ . . . Beachbody does not guarantee any level of success or income from the Team Beachbody Coach Opportunity. Each Coach's income depends on his or her own efforts, diligence, and skill. See our Statement of Independent Coach Earnings located at http://tbbcoa.ch/TBB_SOICE for the most recent information on our Coaches' actual incomes.
How many times in a week can you wear the same exact outfit? #askingforafriend Sometimes I can’t help but be a repeat outfit offender, but so would you if you had this @aerie skirt. It’s basically sweatpants that’s a skirt. #cozyaf here’s the link to my outfit details: http://liketk.it/2I8lP #liketkit @liketoknow.it #ootd pc: @encarnacionphotography