Tipping Back the Scales

It has been a whirlwind the last several weeks, so I haven't blogged in a while. I helped coordinate volunteers for the local Freedom 4/24 Run 4 Their Lives race, which ended up being a great success! We had over 600 racers and over 100 dedicated volunteers that made it possible. In addition, I debuted my artwork at the Liberty University Farmer's Market (come visit me on Thursday afternoons!) and have been blown away by the response. I'm so thankful to everyone who has supported me as I venture into a new branch of my business.

Because I have been so busy, I inevitably had a few emotional breakdowns where I confessed feeling like I was neglecting my son by focusing on all the other things I needed to get done. Little man has been cutting 4 canines at once too, so he's been extra clingy and whiny. He's also discovered a new confidence in his defiance, which has been stretching to say the least. I tell myself that being strong willed is a good thing later in life and to embrace it, but it sure is tough when simple things like putting pants on or holding my hand while crossing the street becomes an all out battle.

Life isn't an easy balance, whether you have little children or not. I've reached my limit plenty of times throughout my life where I just crawl into bed and shut my eyes tight, as if that will make all the nonsense fade away. So no matter what season of life you are in, my encouragement is to intentionally appreciate and express thankfulness out loud or in prayer for the "everyday moments" that are good for our souls. This helps me tip the scales back to having the right perspective of God's goodness in my life. For me, these moments look like relaxing in a warm bath to the sound of a Godly book on tape, learning how to paint a pretty flower, and cashing in on grocery rebates. It looks like taking a morning walk with my son, who smiles up at me with a shirt that reads "on to the next adventure", and the spirit inside that responds, "Yes, let's do it. Let's go after it together". What is it for you?