Nourish + Nurture You. Take Care of your SELF. Enjoy.
You don’t need to get lost in a sea of laundry and messes, Mama. Grab the free 2-Minute Revitalizing Meditation to refocus on what matters most to you and your family, restore your energy, and SAVOR the time with your sweeties – in 2 minutes flat.
“Children change everything!” they helpfully point out as you dodge the Cheerios on your previously immaculate floor.
“Go do something for yourself,” they say brightly while you secretly try to remember if you washed your hair today.
“Enjoy this time. It goes so fast,” they remind you as you peer back at them through one bleary, nearly-opened sleep-deprived eye.
Welcome to the club, Mama!
The initiation’s a doozy, but you’ve got this.
Motherhood is everything. You’re always caught between the chaos and beauty, magic and messes. You want a little more time with the kids and a little more time with yourself. You’re holding on to those sweet moments when their hair is still tangled and their faces are still sticky and wondering what this all going to look like as you all grow up.
You are everything, too. You are the nurturer. The teacher. The keeper of the plans and memories. You are life support.
And sometimes your everything gets a little lost in the everything of motherhood. The lunches and hugs and stories and cleaning and errands and scraped knees and school events and homework and Halloween costumes and silly songs– all of it. You give and give and then give some more. And you do it with love.
When I was planning this site, a friend said to me in these exact words: “You should make a manual on how to take care of yourself with children, and live, and not drive yourself crazy.”
It was like she took the words right out of my brain. I want that manual!
Because this whole thing we call motherhood can be HARD (and joyous and magic and the stuff of legends).
There’s plenty to juggle. There are more than enough worries to go around. And never a shortage of things that could stress you out (if you let them).
What we need is more of the happy. More ease and compassion, confidence and intention. All. Year. Long.
At A Year of Happy, we’re bottling up the beauty of life + kids and saving it for rainy days and bumpy roads. We’re taking care of ourselves, focusing on what matters most, and feeling the joy. I believe that by nurturing ourselves, we nurture our kids. When we live with joy and purpose, we teach our children what the most important things are. And when we savor the goodness, we teach our children to hold on to the magic.
I’m on maternity leave for the summer, but we’ll be kicking off the fall with the Feel Amazing Self-Care Challenge.