Always stay true to yourself.

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition”.

~Steve Jobs

We all know Steve Jobs was a genius, but this quote shows that he also had great insight about self esteem.

This is a great reminder to stay true to yourself, and do not try to be a people pleaser, trying to get people to like you for someone that you are not.

You are unique. You have a right to express your options and thoughts. You will leave a mark on this world by being yourself just the way you are. Do not be ashamed of yourself. Not everyone will like you, and that is OK. You will be more respected if you are yourself, people can tell if you are being fake and will not respect you. If you respect yourself, people will respect you. Stand up for your identity, and be assertive.

Take time for yourself, to find your inner voice, do not let the busyness of this world drain your voice.  Recharge, and give your best.

Never change for someone else.

Live your best life now, not someone else’s, like Steve Jobs mentions. Live your life, not someone else’s. There is great strength in independence. Freedom from not worrying about what others think. Do not let this hold you back.

 

 

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Reflecting on the New Year in the eyes of my daughter, when she was 6 years old.

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But she did this at six years of age. It popped up on my Facebook timeline.

Describe one wish you have for the New Year. “Chocolate”. OMG how funny!

When looking back at the past year, what were you most thankful for? “Parents”. ahh what a sweet little girl.

What do you most look forward to in the New Year? “Dinosaur museum”. So cute. <3 What is one goal for the New Year? Why is this important? "See Mom more". awe, such a sweetie pie. <3 Describe one new skill you learned last year. "Read". Yes, she is a very good reader. She is now 92nd percentile in reading. Mommy is amazed. If you could change one thing about last year, what would it be? "Not get up early". hahaha I don't blame you baby girl! <3 it's difficult to get up early for school. What is something you want to learn this year? "Science". Yes, she may be a scientists one day. She is excelling in science. What is the best book you read this year? "Dinosaur". I forgot, she was obsessed with dinosaurs. What a great reflection. I can remember the six year old she once was. baby girls clothes sets$100 Off Any Nectar Mattress!Link Cloaking and Tracking Software That Works - LinkTrackr

Reflecting on the past decade, how much have I changed?

A decade ago I was 27 years old. I had a 4 year old and a 2 year old. I was a living a sweet life as a stay at home Mom, and a housewife. I spent my days spending all my time with my family. I would take my babies to the zoo, children’s museum, the park, the library, you name it. I was immensely blessed to be able to do this. They had plenty opportunity to develop and learn. I read to them at night. I miss this. I would work out 5 days a week, eat healthy, and was in tip top shape. Now I do not have time for this!

Now I have a soon to be 14 year old, and an 11 year old. I am working full time, in assisted living as a caregiver. I’m almost done with debt consolidation.

I am learning how to raise a preteen and a teenager, (daughters’). They are very intelligent and strong willed. They need to have a lot of freedom and choice, and keep busy. They are just like me.
This decade, by being a working Mom, and especially as a caregiver, I have grown so much.

I have learned to be more assertive, and not let people walk all over me. My social skills have defiantly improved. I have learned a lot about life by taking care of other people when they are in their last moments of life. I have learned how to deal with grief as well.
I have learned as a working Mom, how to detach from my job, and spend time with my kids. This is not easy. I have learned how to balance married, kids, and work.

I have learned how to take care of my health. I am around sick people all the time! I learned to eat healthy, exercise, and take supplements. I’ve had pneumonia twice since I have been a caregiver. I am sure my immune system is super strong, because I am around sick people constantly. At work, and sometimes my kids bring home sickness as well.

I have learned how to better manager my asthma by exercise like jogging, hiking and swimming to keep my lungs strong, and to remember to take my inhaler before exercise.

I have grown in my marriage. I now understand my husband, who he is and why he does what he does. I can predict what he will say and do usually. We’ve been together for a long time. We know how to communicate and work our problems out.

I have grown in my walk with God. He has seen me through a lot, and has been there for me when I didn’t expect it. He has always provided for me when I didn’t expect His providence.

I have learned how to budget, and not to apply for 10 credit cards and use them all to the max limit. I learned that lesson the hard way! I learned how to frugally shop for clothes and food. I have realized I really need to save for retirement.

I have learned how to manage anxiety and depression. I learned to relax and breathe, and to tell myself that I am OK when I’m having a panic attack. I have learned to get outside in the sun and exercise, and seek social interaction with positive people when I am down, and how to utilize mental help through my health care provider.

I have learned a lot of maintaining cars. Oil changes, alignment, fluid levels, snow tires, and so on.

I am still living in the same house, which was my Grandmother’s house. I am still married to the same man, on Valentines Day, we will be together for 17 years.

I have learned a lot about people, that we all are a lot alike, and go through the same things. I am more open, and not shy, with the right people that is.
I’ve learned to recognize manipulation, and so on.

I am getting older and wiser. I have white hairs now to prove this, as I reach my 40’s. My back hurts bad sometimes as well!!!! 😀

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