As I mentioned in my last post, Charleston winters are fairly mild. So recently when we had those few cold days when a hoodie or a fleece pullover just wasn't enough, it was a last minute scramble. We dug through the box in attic and found half of everything we need. One child had a hat. The other had a scarf. No one had gloves. Scratch that. We found a single, pink, leopard print mitten.
I was on it. Off to Target I went, collecting the necessary items off the clearance rack. The next cold morning, everyone bundled up. I helped with zippers. Pulled hats over ears. I felt like such a good mommy making sure my kids were warm. Out the door they went.
A short while later, my husband called and said, "Cate doesn't have shoes." Socks only. Feet hidden by long flare jeans. It was fine for a while because it's preschool, and at least she was wearing socks. But she needed shoes. "Bring shoes" was not on my list of things to do. I adjusted my schedule and my expectations and delivered them.
Related: On another cold winter morning, I spent some extra time prepping a meal to go in the crock pot. Feeling accomplished and efficient—Dinner will be a breeze, I thought—I went about my day. Only to return home in the afternoon to discover I didn't plug it in.
But also, a little bit funny.
Clearly, I'm a work in progress. But in both of those scenarios, my ability to stay calm and move on to Plan B is progress.
This week, I'm talking to YES DIET creator Shauna Mackenzie about making space in our lives so we can think clearly. So we can respond and not react.
"This is a major shift," Shauna says. "Creating space is not a productivity hack. It's not an easy process." (tweet that)
But then, she says, you'll wake up one day and see that it is working.
In this video we'll also talk about:
- the challenges we face when we first try to create space in our lives and how to navigate the learning curve.
- how manage our own inner resistance and pushback from others.
- what it means to have enough. And how getting there is an amazing place to be.
- how to show up as your authentic self, especially in important relationships.
Shauna Mackenzie is the creator of the YES DIET, a 30-day lifestyle cleanse that teaches us how to say no more often, so you have more space to say YES to the good things. This video is part three in a series. If you missed parts one and two you can find them here:
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