It is officially March, and we are here, marchin' on, pun very much intended! How are you feeling? Today's episode is a short one because I wanted to kick off this month with some gratitude and reflection.
In a few days, it will also be a year since our world and lives shifted. Some for the better, some incredibly challenging. But all of it valid. For many of us, we went into wearing all the hats, juggling everything on a 24/7 basis. For some of us, businesses grew, families grew, relationships blossomed. And for some of us, things fell apart... only to slowly guide us to where we are meant to be, and within those moments, we still found grace, we found compassion, we found loss and love. We found ourselves.
For some of us, the past year was a chance to be present with our families, a much-needed break, and respite from the daily hustle. For some, the year couldn't have gotten any worse. I've heard all perspectives. No matter what the past year looked like or felt like, in its own way, it taught many of us to be present. To cull away what no longer fits, to focus on what's truly important to us. To be whole in each moment.
In a few short days, it will be exactly 1 year since the Boss Mama Retreat was held, and while we would have loved for everything to return to "normal" or in other words, the way things were, we know that is likely not going to be the case for a while. But, in each moment, I remind myself that this too shall pass, and I know it will!
And that's the thing with change. Life will shift, things will happen in the blink of an eye. Much of which, externally, is outside our control. However, internally, we have full control. We have choice.
As my good friend, Sarah Swain of The Great Canadian Woman always says, "Your entire life can change in a year, only if you let it." Truer words couldn't have been spoken.
So today, as you listen, as you reflect, as all the emotions surface with each passing day, embrace them without guilt. It is okay to feel angry. It is okay to feel sad. It is okay to feel happy and celebrate. It is okay to feel whatever you feel. You are seen. You are heard. You are loved.
If there are a few things you take away in reflection, let it be these:
💡Inhale gratitude and grace. Exhale negativity. Let it all out. feel it out. Without guilt.
💡 There is more to you than the titles and accolades. We are more than a mom, wife, friend, etc. Who are you at your core? What lights you up? Take the time to figure that out.
💡Even when we feel like our choices have been taken away from us, we still have a choice. To feel what we need to feel. To live how we choose to live. To simply be present.
💡In each moment, remind yourself that this too shall pass. Take in each moment for what it is. Notice the beauty in it. The lessons. The blessings. The gifts. Every moment sets you up for the next. So choose presence. Over anything else. In the ways that you and only you can.
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