I know I said *last* week was my 35 week intentions, but upon further investigating of calendars and dates and edd’s AND the fact that both my boys were born past 42 weeks I have decided to slow this pregnancy down a little bit. Thus, I am now entering my 35th week ;-)
I’ve been enjoying super sweet past week which has now culminated into a few days of lit on fire inspiration and clarity. I gained immense relief from letting go of some the stressful emotions I was carrying around with me and it seems that I have opened space for new joy and opportunity in my life. This brings me to feeling very grateful for things like:
:: Macro-Mama’s sampler platter at Farmers Market ::
:: An awesome job opportunity in our community + Stone’s amazing ability to make art out of heavy stones + his ability to support the family this way while I have babies ::
:: The sandbox we built together that keeps the kids happy and busy *every day* ::
:: The return of neighborhood free piles! We always find new friends and useful items ::
:: Photography by Solshine ::
Other things I’m excited about:
We hosted a big Action Alert over at Free Our Midwives in support of the Midwifery Modernization Act. The docs from ACOG were in Albany lobbying against giving us access to midwifery care and we wanted to make sure legislators were hearing from us too. The Action Alert received over 1,400 views and Albany was inundated with phone calls and emails from us! Rah Rah–empowerment!
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I’ve been feeling really tapped into my local community and surrounded by amazing friends and families. It’s been helping me feel confident about adding another child into the mix. It feels good to feel supported.
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We decided to buy nothing besides food and pay the bills this month. It’s part of spending mindfully at the beginning phases of the home business, but it’s felt so good in many ways. It’s led me to just relax a bit more instead of constantly pushing towards the next project. I know we’ll get around to everything and we will buy the things we need, but right now we’ve been creatively finding ways to meet our needs without spending the extra $$$.
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I was contacted by a woman writing an article on the value of letting children use real tools for Exchange Magazine, which is a publication for early childhood education providers. She is referencing my Steady Mom post Real Tools for Real Kids in her article and asked for permission to use some photographs of mine. A feel good, out of the blue surprise!
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Right before I got pregnant last fall I had a Firestarter session with the amazing Danielle Laporte to help strategize the launch of my dream business. A week or so later I came down with H1N1 and somewhere in all of that I found out I was pregnant. Surprise! Needless to say I was redirected for some time. Well, I’ve still been working on the back end of things and last night I listened to the session via an mp3 recording and was COMPLETELY re-inspired! So much of what she said and what we talked about made more sense today than it did 9 months ago and I am no longer feeling like having a baby took me off my career path–rather it feels like I am in the best place possible to move forward with my inspirations and work!
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With all of this super grateful and inspired energy I’m ready to look ahead to my week.
For the past two years we have been non-stop project building and collecting new stuff for our home. This week I just want to stop for a moment and enjoy and breathe it all in. I want to focus on the gratitude for everything I have and have it be enough–because it is more than enough.
Not long ago I felt completely out of balance on so many levels. Life felt overwhelming. I’ve waded through those emotions and experiences and in the process of letting go I feel like a healing has occurred. I feel well, whole and supported. It is my intention to continue to feel this way by honoring my need for nourishment, sleep and balance. I want to use my creative energies to continue to nourish myself and my family this week.
I want to mindfully bridge the gap between my ideal and authentic intentions with my every day life and actions. To me this means adding a little bit more consciousness to everyday life and I’m going to try and spend a few moments before I fall asleep at night this week contemplating how I want the next day feel–I want to visualize my best self waking up and setting a positive and helpful tone for my family.
My last two pregnancies I felt tuned in spiritually right away. In fact, usually during pregnancy I find it much easier for me to take time to nourish my spirit, but it’s been a little bit harder this time. Right now I’m feeling humbled by life and ready to open my eyes like a child again. I want to revel in the simple joys and take comfort in my home and family.
I’m heading towards…
Revisiting my identity as a bountiful new mother. I’m starting to feel ready for this baby–I can’t wait to meet this baby! I want to nurse this baby and count their tiny toes and show the boys their tiny little sibling! I’m ready for blessingways and meal trains and baby moons and newborn slings and boppy pillows! This is an amazing time for our family and I just want to sink right into it with the full awareness that life on earth is short and relatively simple.
Hope everyone had a great weekend and I’d love to hear where you’re at with this upcoming week.