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Stop and Smell the Roses

Life can be a blur, can't it? We're always headed somewhere, doing something, making plans and checking things off of our never-ending to-do lists. As mothers, those lists are literally never ending. Laundry and errands and play dates and kids activities. We always want to be stimulated, to make sure the kids are stimulated enough, but not too much. We always want to avoid boredom. We're constantly on our phones and devices, Googling random ailments, making appointments, trying to be the best mom and wife and sister and friend that we possibly can be.

And somehow, in all of this commotion, we forget to simply live.

We forget to breathe.

We forget the age old adage to stop and smell the roses.

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Life is not about running around and constantly going. Life is not about capturing the greatest Instagram picture and writing the best, most poetic caption and choosing the most popular hashtag. Life isn't all about moving and going and never resting. Life is about stopping and enjoying what we have, right in front of us.

It's easy to get caught up in trying to keep up with the Joneses. It's easy to try to portray perfection. It's far too easy to get stuck in the blur that is life. It's easy to run ourselves into the ground.

Be still. Take deep breaths. Look around you and see this beautiful life that you have.

But there comes a time when we have to stop in our tracks and ask ourselves what we are really doing. What is the purpose of all of this?

That time is now. Stop. Slow down. Be still. Take deep breaths. Look around you and see this beautiful life that you have. Put down your phone and look your sweet baby in the face, instead of through a lens. Jump on the bed with your kids. Have a real conversation with your spouse. Laugh until you cry. Cry until you laugh. Be intentional about your time. Soak in these moments. Because the thing about moments is they tend to slip by quickly. You'll never get the same one twice. So enjoy them, and enjoy this time in your life, wherever you may be.

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Stop searching for the next step, and really see the beauty in whatever stage of life you are right now. Because soon you'll blink, and it will be gone.

Life doesn't stop, for anyone. But every once in a while, you should.

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