Welcome to Motivational Mondays in March! This month I wanted to do something a little
different by sharing various ways I'm staying motivated in specific areas each
week. In January, I set some intentions
for ways I wanted to do better in 2016.
Last month, I had a really interesting experience with Psychic
Medium Chris Medina. He is an intuitive
as well as having the ability to call forth messages from people who have
passed on. We sat together for an hour
or so, and I really connected with him and the messages he felt inclined to
share with me – we also shared a lot of laughs! Overall, Chris really encouraged me to trust my instincts and to go
forward boldly in to what he described as a "transformative" period of my
In the spirit of that, I felt motivated to revisit my New
Years Resolutions and really focus on specific ways that I can achieve my
goals! Stay tuned here each Monday in
March for something new.
This week, I'm going to focus on my desire to unplug a
little. When you run an online-based
business, the pressure is there to be constantly accessible and available. I actually love Instagram, Snapchat, and Twitter – but I find the balance between staying connected to my online
community and staying connected and present with my family and friends, to be
a little foggy. I think we have probably
all been guilty of setting the scene for a beautiful dinner party, fun brunch
with friends, or gorgeous day at the park with the family – only to be distracted
by capturing the perfect "square" to share. I've been trying to set boundaries for myself by having some "no tech"
family time designated each day, but as with any regimen (I've never been able
to diet, for example) I sometimes feel like the rules I set for my self end up
feeling restrictive and leave me frustrated.
To re-motivate myself, I thought I would combine this idea
with another interest I had for the New Year: exploring my surroundings more! I
thought, "What if I designated a couple hours of time a week to trying something
completely new…with Marlowe!" Unplugging with my daughter, and just enjoying a new experience in each other's
company, really allows us to get back to basics and create memories. Plus it serves as an amazing break in the
week for me to check out of my work responsibilities and just have fun. It doesn't matter how simple or silly your
outing is – the point is to do something entirely new and to have an adventure!
The other day we explored a nature preserve near
our home in California. From the moment
we got there, Marlowe wanted to run ahead and scurry down the trails all by
herself! The location was beautiful, so expansive, and teeming with
wildlife. We saw bunny rabbits,
squirrels, birds, and even a few little animal homes. Marlowe loves picking up sticks and rocks and
carrying them along the trail. She kept
on running far ahead of me, totally independent – an explorer at heart for
sure. I couldn't believe how fearless
she was in a brand new place. It really
reminded me that our children have so much to teach us if we take the time to
learn. I brought our lovely friend Nina
along for the adventure to capture it for you, but ideally the point is to
leave the phones in your purse and retain the memory…in your iBrain. Ha!
I can't wait to plan our next adventurous outing! Do you
like to unplug with your kids and get out of your comfort zone? Let me know
what kinds of activities you like to
plan in the comments below!!