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Living Life Today

You may say I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope some day you’ll join us

And the world will be as one

Something shifted over the past few weeks. The world started waking up from it’s unexpected midwinter’s nap. Slowly stretching, pressing snooze, stretching some more. With trepidation we started to reengage. We have slowly started living after our unimaginable, unprecedented, forced break from life.

It is safe to say we are all a little shaken.

We are not the same.

It is safe to say that’s not a bad thing.

We were just given an unlikely gift of time. We didn’t ask for it. We didn’t know what to expect as we started to unwrap it. There was a sense of hope that we would be able to use the time to refocus, align our priorities, and recommit to the meaningful responsibilities of our lives.

Well… Time’s Up!

It is time to ask ourselves the tough questions.

Who are you committed to? Who is important to you? What are you doing to honor, protect and celebrate them?

What are you focused on? Is it meaningful? Does it align with your life’s purpose?

What are you doing? Is it helping to make a better world for the children of our children’s children?

Imagine there’s no countries
It isn’t hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion too

Are there things you’re ready to let go of? Are there changes you want to make? My advice is to start now. Soon enough life will be moving fast again, steamrolling the intentions and plans we have made during our quarantine.

Imagine no possessions I wonder if you can No need for greed or hunger A brotherhood of man

Our friends and family are not the same. Some of us may have experienced spiritual growth, others may be coming out of this angry or afraid. Some are waking up in financial distress or mourning the loss of a loved one. We need to tread lightly. We need to be kind. We need to listen. Above all else we need to greet each other with open hearts and open minds.

Imagine all the people living life in peace

It’s easy… If you try

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The Cultivation of Courage Series

Lesson One: Let Them Fail

Now more than ever our children need us to model courage and witness us standing up for what is right. We must do this even when it is painful or difficult, especially then. We need to ask questions when we’re not sure and challenge things we don’t believe to be true.

As usual, Sarah Boyd is spot on! It has always been a struggle to teach our children to avoid the trappings of choosing the easy way out. To be a leader who stands up for what is right no matter the cost isn’t in fashion during those elementary and teenage years.

This generation has access to more information than ever before. So often they lack the maturity or knowledge required to process it. This leaves them vulnerable to accept things as they are, avoiding the risk of embarrassment and ridicule. They need to see us living as lifelong learners, actively challenging things and witness our ability to be vulnerable when we are unsure.

Might I add this type of parenting is not for the faint of heart. It requires a relentless commitment to choosing what is right and letting them fail. We can not swoop in and fix things. We can not rescue them.

The act of standing tall and firm while our children are in pain, struggling to overcome defeat and face their fears requires our courage.

They must fail!

Facing failure or injustice and working through resulting emotions provides an opportunity to develop the bravery needed to overcome it. The process is essential! Allowing my children to sit with that pain has been the most painfully necessary piece of my motherhood journey thus far.

I’ll tell you what through, my courage game is on point! 😉

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It Only Matters As Much As You Let It

When Tali finished sharing her story I found myself reliving a weeknight dinner at my childhood home. My parents, my brother and I lived in a publicly assisted apartment complex of a wealthy town in Massachusetts, yes my friends, I grew up in the projects. My mother stayed home and took care of my brother and I. She drove us to school every day armed with our brown paper bagged lunches, sweet notes of love and encouragement written on them. (Might I add this was before pinterest people-this was all her!) She picked us up, along with most of our friends every afternoon. We knew she would be waiting with a smile and a snack. There are no words to explain the comfort, confidence, or sense of peace this one unconditional act provided.  My Dad got home from work shortly after we got home from school, around 3:30 or 4 o’clock. We did homework, got ready for sports, watched Wheel of Fortune and then we ate dinner together. Every single night between 5 and 5:30 we ate dinner together.

My parents made financial sacrifices to support our time together. Growing up my father always told me “Tarsh, money doesn’t mean anything. Don’t ever let it get in your way.” He quickly followed this up with, “Just take care of your credit and money will only matter as much as you let it.”  I am sure some of you are thinking he was crazy to teach me that money doesn’t matter.

I mean obviously it can spread joy and alleviate stress when used properly. Through education, money can provide the opportunity to expand and grow. In that way, it can also buy the supports and services required to help one meet their fullest potential. But fooled be not-money will never learn the lessons for you. It is up to YOU to learn them. How much you learn depends on your effort and determination. The difference maker is tenacity and passion and desire and consistency, not money.

Money can also be used to pay for the expenses of a family vacation, or to bring people together who live far away. You know what though, if you are full of desire, angst, anger or any other distracting entity you will not be fully present for these vacations or gatherings. In that case it doesn’t even matter how much money you have. When mistakes are made or feelings are hurt you address them with love and hugs, not Gucci and Prada. What matters is how you treat yourself and your people, your tribe.

You’ll notice I refer to The Alchemist by Palo Alto often. (Honestly, if you have not read it you are really missing out. (Check out a PDF copy of the book here )That is because, like Tali’s words, the book opened my eyes, my mind and my heart. Alto encourages his readers to remember happiness comes from within. Happiness comes when you figure out the legend of your soul and then live your life accordingly.

 What is the legend of your soul?
Money is not my currency… 

In the world of this Magic Mama money will not bring you true happiness. It can be used as a tool to spread joy but be careful to remember~Happiness is a state of being that a soul exists in, searches for, and enjoys. Money is something used to acquire and consume. The two could not be more different.

I love the message shared in this piece! By Gibberish

How do I perceive HOPE?

So how do I perceive hope?That life will be smooth sailing? Nope.That life will be like a cactus with thorns,We have to take them out one at a time, …

How do I perceive HOPE?

A Magicmama, A Badass Crew, and A Joyspreading Renegade

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The Importance of Self Reflection

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What an important message of responsibility to oneself! ✨ Remember to stay humble while confident. ✨

Remember to pick the people who love you enough to say no when it counts. ✨

Remember, we are all lifelong learners. ✨

When we stop making mistakes, we stop learning. ✨

We have to ask ourselves…💜

When we stop learning, are we really living?

At Home Learning Guide

www.ixl.com/resources/Implementation_guide_IXL_for_at-home_learning.pdf

FamilyConnect | American Foundation for the Blind

The American Foundation for the Blind has compiled an extensive list of resources for families living with low vision or blindness. I highly recommend you check out the Family Connect section of their website! Please share any successes with the resources in the comments section.
— Read on www.afb.org/blindness-and-low-vision/familyconnect-8160

Tarsha Benevento | Vocal

Vocal is a platform for supporting, discovering and rewarding creators.
— Read on vocal.media/profile

Does anyone have any experience using the vocal platform?

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