Updated: Nov 20
Ok, so last week I was having a moment - or two. I was in a real funk. In the weeds of life.
Maybe you were, too. Or maybe you still are.
As we come to terms with what our life will look like, what our kids’ lives will look like, what the school year will entail, it’s time to take a breath, to settle in.
It’s time to take one step forward to embrace what's ahead.
Even if that step is a teeny tiny baby step.
My hope for you is that you find peace in your decision.
Peace with your life.
And that you commit to a decision that is best for your family, with both feet firmly planted.
With no apology.
My hope is that you are confident as you process what the second half of 2020 looks like for you and your family.
Please know, I’m right there with you, mama.
To help you in your journey, I’m sharing a few things that I'm loving on.
These three things are giving me life right now:
1. Beautiful masks from local shops.
Whether you are back to work in your physical location, gearing up to go back, or work from home… cute masks are a must. For us, and for our kiddos.
Soulshine Boutique, in Shrewsbury, carries my favorite selection of stylish and wearable masks. The owner, Lisa, offers them both in-store and online. With private shopping appointments, free shipping, or porch pick up if you are local like me.
She sells out quick, just a heads up. And carries sizes for women, men, and little ones.
So, go on, treat yourself to a bit of beauty right now while supporting a local shop owner and the creatives she carries. And remember to handwash and line dry them each day.
Did I mention the kids’ masks are reversible? I mean, honestly, they are charming.
2. All things plants.
This year, watching our seeds and seedlings grow is reassuring.
Each day is a treasure hunt for vegetables.
You guys, baby veggies are so dang precious.
To see them thrive - and become a bit unruly - has been good for my soul.
I feel the same about a few new additions to our landscaping, too. I snagged a few butterfly bushes earlier this spring, and their blooms and scent have been delightful.
If you are looking to add to your garden or landscaping this fall, my two favorite greenhouses are JP Croft Greenhouses in Red Lion and The Greenhouse at Brown’s Orchards and Farm Markets.
Oh, and my three favorite fall vegetables are lettuce greens, broccoli, and cabbage.
3. Empowered mamas.
I love spending time with leaders, go-getters, and strong women.
And right now, I’m spending time with empowered mamas of school-aged children.
Women who are confident, grounded, and unapologetic. These mamas are committed to making the best choice for their family and hold space for others to do the same.
There is no one-size-fits-all solution.
So I’m hanging out with mamas who are not yet decided on how to handle the school year; and mamas who have been homeschooling for years. Mamas who are proudly sending their kids to school; and moms who plan to go the virtual learning route.
And I’m so thankful for each and every one of them.
If you want to hang out with women, virtually, to boost your resilience and stand tall in your decision, check out Designing a Path of Positivity Around Going Back to School This Fall. It's a free webinar series offered by a friend and fellow mama, Shawn Fink.
And know that I’m sending you peace of mind in your decision and reassurance in your approach.
You, you are going to make the best decision for you and your family.
Stand tall, mama, with feet firmly planted.
You’ve got this.
Still in a funk? Check out last week's blog post. And please know, you are not alone.
And if you’re looking to add fall vegetables to your garden, now is the time to plan and prep. Check out this article for more information.