Grateful for Tantrums? Yes I Am! – The Practice of Being Grateful for Difficulties

I remember hearing about the importance of creating gratitude lists years ago, probably from Oprah. It seems that gratitude has found its way into many discussions these days – and that’s a good thing. I believe that being grateful is one of the very best ways to raise our vibration. Every night before bed I think about all the things I am grateful for.

When you practice gratitude in this way, you see how much abundance is in your life already.

Grateful for the Good

Much of the focus about gratitude lists is on being grateful for all the good things in your life. That’s wonderful, because many people focus on the negative and have a hard time remembering that they have many things to be grateful for. These types of gratitude lists may look something like this:

  • I am grateful for the health of my family.
  • I am grateful for my two children.
  • I am grateful to share my life with a wonderful husband.
  • I am grateful for my house, which shelters me.
  • I am grateful for the abundance of food we enjoy, knowing we always have enough to eat.
  • I am grateful for the nice weather we had today.

And so on.

I think making this kind of gratitude list is a great daily practice and can bring much happiness and peace.

Another Kind of Gratitude List

Lately I’ve been feeling overwhelmed by the parenting challenges I face, sure that no one else has these struggles and that I am just going to have to “suffer” with these challenges until the kids are older. Choosing to suffer every day is definitely not a good feeling.

I recently read Dr. Wayne Dyer’s most recent book “I Can See Clearly Now” in which he reflects upon many experiences in his life and how he is grateful for all of them – the good and the not-so-good. His stories opened me up even more to the idea of trying to see the purpose or lesson behind each difficult challenge. If we can discover the purpose or lesson we learned (or should have learned) from each event or experience that we may label “bad”, then we can find a way to be grateful for them. Gratitude for all that happens in our life is a sure way towards inner peace.

So I decided to come up with a list of 10 things to be grateful for regarding my tough parenting challenges. The first parenting challenge I chose was my daughter’s tantrums. Continue reading

(Trying to Be) Grateful for the Gift of Gray

Last week was my 39th birthday and like many people who are approaching the big 4-0, I’ve been thinking about aging lately. I like how I’m aging on the inside, but I’d love to get to the point of completely accepting what aging means on the outside.

Truth Time

I admit it. I pluck my gray hairs. And now that they are appearing more often and in higher quantity, I know my plucking days should be done. But I will not dye my hair to cover the gray. Mainstream hair dyes have way too many nasty and dangerous chemicals for this green girl, and even though I could find a safer alternative at Whole Foods, this is where I draw the line. No hair dye. All natural I choose to be. But ack! The time has come! Pretty soon my gray hair will be on display for the world to see (and judge). The thought of entering that new territory scares me. And being ‘scared’ by the thought of showing my gray hair has me upset. Once I get past my insecurity, I find my courage. That’s when I say,

“So what?” Continue reading

You May Have Diastasis Recti (Say What?) – Sharing My Journey So Yours Can Be Easier

If you are a mom, whether you gave birth last month, last year, or last decade, I want to share some information I came across after my second baby was born.

Brace yourself: you may have diastasis recti, which is the term for the separation of the stomach muscles that happens during pregnancy. But relax and breathe. It’s a big word for what is normal and usually just a small problem. (However, the bigger the diastasis, the more it may cause back pain.)


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Before you go any further, please read my disclaimer

In an effort to save you time and effort, I will share my journey on diastasis recti I like to call:

Fix My Abs in 21 Steps

1. About 18 months post partum (after child #2), I came to the conclusion that my little belly pooch probably needs some attention, since I was well beyond the I-just-had-a-baby-that’s-why-my-tummy-looks-like-this period.

2. I started a (half-hearted) routine of doing some ab crunches every day. (Bleh.)

3. Some random bit of information about checking for diastasis recti after having a baby caught my attention. Was there perchance an actual reason for my tummy pooch, beyond the obvious culprit (i.e. eating too many chocolate chips)?

4. I followed the instructions for doing a quick check, which are simply to lie on your back with your knees bent, place your fingers near your belly button, and lift your head. If you feel a gap that is a couple fingers wide, you have diastasis recti. (For more detailed instructions, you can go here. For a video with instructions, you can go here. To read my disclaimer, go here.)

5. I felt literally nauseous when I felt the gap in my ab muscles. Eeew. Continue reading

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