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Happiness Experiment - Day 17 (of 21)

Wednesday, August 07, 2013

GRATITUDES

First day of school! First day of school! Ready to learn and get some knowledge!
(Name that movie!)

1. I am thankful for so many wonderful SparkFriends, but I received a comment on yesterday's blog from PATTISTAMPS, after I'd had a not-so-great day, that really touched my heart. Thank you for your kind words, sweet lady!

2. I'm thankful for an excellent first day of school! All my kids were so excited when they got in the car today. I decided this day was a success when my hormonal 10 year old exclaimed, "Actually, I LOVE school now!" Yes!

3. I am thankful for a very productive day. Even though I am on vacation, there were some very important work things that needed to be done, so I was able to get them taken care of in about two hours. Then, worked my side business for awhile and got groceries before picking up the kids. Definitely no laziness or Facebooking today! But maybe tomorrow. ;)

JOURNAL

I am SO glad I took this week off as vacation. It meant so much to be able to take my kids to their first day of school. This is the first time I've EVER been able to do this...in any of their entire lives!

It was especially meaningful to me because my littlest one (and my very last baby) is entering Kindergarten. He never even went to preschool, so this is a HUGE deal for him! He is my little worrier and he is so scared that his teacher will "get mad at him for not doing his homework". Even though I try to explain to him that Kindergarten homework is just Mommy reading to you or coloring, he remains anxious. So, to be able to hold his hand this morning and make sure he was settled and comfortable was just such a gift.











EXERCISE

Nothing today. I just ran out of time. But I'm not being too hard on myself because we are adjusting to a whole new routine. Once we have a groove going, I will focus on calendaring my workouts. Until then, I'll do what I can when I can and that's the best I can do for now.

MEDITATE

Day 3 of the Oprah Winfrey/Deepak Chopra 21-Day Meditation Challenge.

https://chopracentermedi tation.com/home/index

Today's centering thought: I am a wondrous miracle of life.

There was a beautiful 3-minute video that I saw first thing this morning called "Why Do We Need Love?" and it was such a great way to start the day!

www.youtube.com/watch?v=
aXVpkn2GOFQ


It made me reflect. I feel wholly loved at this time in my life. But as far as feeling lovable, well that's another story. As I journaled this out, I realized that my self-talk is so negative and destructive. If I speak to myself this way, how will my children learn to speak to themselves? This is definitely an important area that I must seek to improve.

RANDOM ACT OF KINDNESS

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JUNEAU2010 8/8/2013 4:35PM

    Adorable kidlets!

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PATTISTAMPS 8/8/2013 1:30PM

    What beautiful children! You are so blessed to have them - and they to have you!!!



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ARUNNINGKAT 8/8/2013 12:25PM

    Your children are adorable! So glad that their first day back to school went so well! It is truly priceless to be able to participate in that day!

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SENIORSWIMMER 8/8/2013 9:09AM

    I struggle with negative self talk too. I have been trying to replace it with focusing on my gifts. I had a hard time coming up with what my gifts were! I had to ask DH.

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JACKSGRAN 8/8/2013 6:26AM

    So glad you had a great first day. Children need to be cherished and it looks as though yours are. I bet you are a great mom.

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WISLNDR 8/8/2013 5:41AM

    I loved your photos, thanks for sharing them!!

Not too long ago, I finally understood that I would never talk to anyone else with the same negativity that I was using on myself. Once I viewed myself with the same respect I give to others, the negative self-talk ended.

Day 17 already!! Have an awesome Day 18!!

Comment edited on: 8/8/2013 5:41:23 AM

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CERTHIA 8/8/2013 4:36AM

    You deserve to speak to yourself gently and lovingly! Thank you for sharing your day and your thoughts, I enjoyed reading about it. PS: Your kids are so cute! :)

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REGILIEH 8/8/2013 2:02AM

    Your children are so darling! So glad this was a better day. emoticon

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MYKIDSRSWEET 8/8/2013 12:08AM

    Your kids are so sweet, and love that you color coordinated for the picture!

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COCK-ROBIN 8/7/2013 11:28PM

    I'm so happy for you!

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