Being a mom is pretty cool. I love it, in fact. I know there are a lot of popular bloggers and websites devoted to Mommy confessions or general parenting complaints about how hard, stressful or exhausting parenting can be and you know, that’s all true. I have been there! We have all had those kinds of days. But, we don’t often hear the other point of view about how great it is to be a parent.
I feel blessed to have two healthy kids. I write often in my gratitude journal about the joys I’ve experienced since becoming a mom and I’ve shared many of these inner thoughts with my friends and now, with all of you who read my blog! It’s not that I’m not challenged most days by my kids or that there aren’t moments in the day when I feel frustrated, overwhelmed, exasperated, stressed out or stretched thin. Somehow, though–and I credit this to my daily gratitude practice before bed–I choose to find the good, to highlight the silly or fun moments from my day.
Ask anyone who lives in LA about LA traffic and the horror stories they’ll tell you really are true. Last night, we were driving home from Santa Monica and it took 45 minutes just to get east of the 405. The girls and I decided to have a dance party in the car to pass the time. Because we were stuck in the car, I focused and really listened carefully to our younger daughter Maya’s story about her upcoming preschool field trip to the local fire station. Had we been home already, I most likely would have been too caught up in making dinner and straightening the house up to give her that much attention.
Life is sweet. It’s beautiful, in fact. It all comes down to the way we choose to look at it. I tend to focus on the positive, to be optimistic and to try my best, on my hardest days, to remind myself how lucky I am to be alive, to be healthy, to be a wife and mom. We all have so much to be grateful for.