Plays Like A Girl

  
If all girls played like this, the world would be a better place!

THIS happened tonight.

The coach of one team got a red card at the beginning of the last game of the Polo season. The girls were devasted and still wanted to play their last game. While they waited for the officials to figure out what to do next, they decided to join together in the pool while they waited.

This made me so happy. They just wanted to play and have fun. They decided to have a short scrimmage and the coach for the other team acted as the ref so that the girls could have their last moment in the pool. 

The coach from the other team was filled with grace. She is a true leader and role model. And all the girls and fans benefited from her leadership tonight.

Look at us SHINE together!

Girls rising strong.

I love it!

Do It Anyway

Sometimes you don’t want to do what you need to do, what’s expected of you, or what someone else wants you to do. So what? Do it anyway.

Don’t want to workout? Do it anyway.

Don’t want to stick to your diet? Do it anyway.

Don’t want to read one more bedtime story? Do it anyway.

Don’t want to study anymore? Do it anyway.

Feel tired and don’t want to go to one more kid or social activity? Do it anyway.

As long as you’re not in pain or causing pain or something else that would result in a negative outcome, do the work, suck it up, and do it anyway.

We usually find happiness as an outcome from doing the work, which is usually counterintuitive to what we think. We tend to want to be lazy, or to make excuses, I mean reasons, for why we can’t do something. But if we just apply a little discipline and sacrifice, heck – we’ll probably be a little happier by doing vs. avoiding.

Happy now? I thought so. 🙂

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Work Hard, Play Hard

This was one of my favorite moments today and it happened in a matter of one minute, right before it was time to go to school.

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Jeff had just come in from working out and invited Charlie to come do 20 push ups with him.  I can’t wait to see them continue this workout together over the years as Charlie’s muscles continue to grow stronger and catch up with his dad’s. I wonder how long it will take.

We work hard and play hard and sometimes combine the two. 

Life is good.

 

Consistency

What do you consistently do with consistency? 

I have been thinking about that lately and wondered how consistent we are and how consistency helps to establish habits, rituals, structure and managed expectations.

In some areas of my life I am consistent and in others I am not.

For example, I have been consistently writing this blog for 695 days.  Blogging every night has become a welcome habit and ritual that I enjoy. Sometimes it is challenging as I don’t know what to share, and sometimes I feel like I have too much to say. Some nights I am so tired and fall asleep while I’m writing and am afraid of what I publish!  But at least I’m consistently writing – sometimes good, sometimes so-so, but I’m consistent!  😉

I drink coffee with consistency and love this ritual too. I especially love it when my husband wakes up before me and has the coffee ready before I get out of bed. I love the smell, the sound of the beep telling us the pot is ready, and taking that first sip.

I consistently work out and love that exercise is part of my daily routine. I have a weekly plan that provides structure for my days and gives me things to look forward to doing each week.

I am consistently trying to lose weight, but my practice is inconsistent.   I love to eat and want to lose 10 pounds and these goals are inconsistent. Therefore, I struggle. 

Sometimes when we’re inconsistent, we struggle until we figure out what we really want and value and then do the work to support those goals.  Story of life, right?

I was talking to my 70 year old dental hygienist who lost her husband 6 years ago suddenly when he died at the age of 67 while out for a jog. She said that after you go through something like that, your perspective on life changes and you live more for the moment. That is, until you forget and get busy again.   I loved her analogy and that she had the wisdom to know to live in the moment as much as possible and to take days off from work to play and travel and be with her kids and grandkids. I loved that she knew the importance of life, yet she got stuck too; that life sometimes just happens and you forget until you remember again and start living.  Great sage advice. We’re all perfectly imperfect.  And we should try to be consistent with what we love, but gentle on ourselves when we’re not.

I like that.