Everyday that I wake up it’s a blessing to be alive. But I’m not going to sit here and act in front of y’all like my whole day is cupcakes and rainbows. Being a parent is a challenge: being a mom turns you into Inspector Gadget. I swear my kids think I have go go gadget arms and can turn my shoes into rockets. But I’m a part of a motherhood with so many beautiful women who do what I do everyday. Here are some things that I do daily to make my life easier.
1.) I start my day off in prayer. This hasn’t always been the case. Before, I would wake up and say, “Thank you, Lord, for waking me up this morning”, but it wasn’t until these last few months that I’ve started waking up and spending time with God.
I think most people don’t want to pray because they think they have to say some long, eloquent prayers that make you sound like a deacon at midweek revival. You don’t have to pray like that. I talk to God just like I talk to my family and friends. He knows me better than anyone else, so why would I act extra and try to impress Him?
I start by worshiping Him for who He is, next I thank Him for my blessings. Then I talk to Him about whatever I want to talk about. I also take the time to shut up and listen…yeah that’s a tough one but I’m getting better.
2.) I know most people don’t love exercise, but I feel great when I do it. The key is finding the right exercise for you. Everyone doesn’t like long runs on the treadmill or lifting weights tediously while watching the fit people in the gym show off (although they put on a good show).
There are so many ways to move your body. Zumba has taken off in recent years. But even if you can’t get to a Zumba class, turn on some music and dance at home. And with YouTube who can’t find Zumba or any other workout online? I get it, days are long and people get on your nerves. You just want to go home and bury yourself in your bed.
Let this motivate you, I used to run 2 miles a day for about 4 days a week pushing a double stroller and 2 kids totaling 100 pounds. At the end of this run was a hill with a serious incline. But I did it! I know people call me Super Mom, but I’m just plain old Shanetta with a will to be healthy. If being healthy means something to you, I know you can find the time for it, too.
3.) Growing up we drank Coke a lot. I was really a Sprite girl. But in 2003, I made a commitment to lose the freshman 25 that I gained from the unlimited meal plan. I was exercising like crazy, but one thing that I did that stuck with me is I drank nothing but water for a whole year. Now granted I had a 20 year old’s metabolism but still, I was able to lose all of that weight. I never really picked the soda habit back up.
Staying hydrated helps me to not get cranky. Plus, I feel like I’m helping my kidneys out by giving them a good flush. I don’t mind drinking plain water, but I know some people find it as bland as school cafeteria food. If you do want to switch things up add some fruit, cucumber, or mint to feel like a rockstar.
4.) I live for a good laugh! Laughter is truly a healing medicine so I try to laugh everyday. Usually my kids are the ones making me laugh, but sometimes I want them to go away. So I’ll catch up on social media or go on YouTube or Netflix to find something funny.
My husband and I went to see Kevin Hart in 2015. He had me laughing so hard my stomach hurt. Now that’s the type of laughing I’m talking about. Make me squeeze my stomach muscles so hard I form a 6 pack.
I can always count on my mom, my sister, and my cousins to make me laugh. Even my honey bunny makes me laugh sometimes. He has that funny bone where he doesn’t know he’s being funny but I’m crying laughing. Ohhhh he’s so cute…but I digress. I think I’m pretty funny and love to act a fool on occasion. Once I feel you out and see that you get my humor, oh it’s on and popping.
5.) Lastly, I’m a pretty lazy person. It took years for me to admit that. Even saying it here makes me feel naked. But I’m here to be transparent, right? With that being said, most days I just need about 15-30 minutes of absolutely, positively NOTHING to do…in peace. I have to add the “in peace” part because someone or something is going to try to interrupt this time of nothingness.
I want my kids to take a nap, I don’t want the phone to ring, and it would be nice if the world outside my home would be quiet. Okay, I’m asking for too much. But seriously, when you hear kids talking all day and following you to the bathroom you just need a moment to recharge before you pull every strand of good hair off your head. Now I love a good wig, but I also love having a healthy head of hair underneath. So give me my moment of peace before World War III breaks loose.
Reading, talking to God, and naps are my favorite things to do during this time. Naps are hard because one of my children usually ends up pulling my blanket off, pulling my hair, or tattling on the other for hitting them or taking their toy. Ahhh, just thinking about it makes me want some tea, a blanket, and a cozy couch. zzzzzz
I’m happy to share with you things that make my day great. I’d love to hear some of the things you do to make it through the daily grind. Just remember, every moment you’re still alive means God’s will for your life isn’t complete. So keep smiling and pushing towards your destiny.
Sending love and hope your way!