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I Am Enough

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Mom. Wife. Sister. Aunt. Daughter. Dad. Husband. Brother. Uncle. Son. Friend. Employee. Boss. Citizen.

We wear many hats on any given day. Hats that require our energy. Energy to care for others. To hold down a business. To make a living.

In the midst of it all, it’s easy to feel like Atlas, condemned to hold up the sky for all eternity. Bearing the weight of our world in a silent struggle.

Enter social media. The platform of picturesque perfection.

Women sitting down to daily quiet time. Entirely uninterrupted. Beautiful, handcrafted coffee mug in hand. A pitcher of fresh flowers nearby. Sweet, cherub-like children sleeping peacefully or playing quietly in the other room.

Men and women, flawlessly clothed and styled, even after a long, hard day’s work. Home just in time for a homemade, sit-down dinner around the kitchen table.

The comparison game is so, so easy these days.

What’s easier still is feeling like not enough. And not good enough.

Not . . . successful, attractive, trim, smart . . . enough.

Not a good enough: parent, spouse, friend, business partner . . .

Simply not enough.

I am here to gently remind you that no one’s life is as picture-perfect as pictured.

You don’t know what goes unseen outside the camera’s perspective. Whether that oh-so-put-together women feels just as lost and alone as you, despite her award-winning smile. That the flawlessly set table and home cooked meal was eaten in silence. That one partner rushed home to ensure dinner was ready and on the table . . . And the other walked in 45 minutes late. Long after dinner went cold. And into an emotional boxing ring.

The point is, we just don’t know. A picture is just that. A picture. A moment forever frozen. A picture that ironically does not represent the entire picture.

So, if you’re feeling not enough today, I invite you take a few moments wherever you are.

Take a deep breath in.

Exhale.

And remember: You weren’t meant to be everything to everyone. But you were made to be enough to those who matter. You were made to be you. And you are enough.

Write it on a post it. Make it today’s affirmation. It doesn’t matter how you remember it. Just remember. And don’t forget it.

You. Are. Enough.

I am enough.

We are enough.

Peace,

Y

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Unexpected Guest

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Somewhere between expressing gratitude and enjoying the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, a not-so-welcome guest snuck into our house . . . The cold bug. And like that creepy guest who stays long after the party has ended, he has stuck around. Much to my dismay.

I have not been at my best the past week and a half. And neither has little man, since I got him sick. We’ve been running on little sleep and all the snuggles we can get in.

There isn’t much you can take as a breastfeeding momma, or as an infant. Add to that, my hesitance to load my little guy up on mainstream medications . . . Yup, I am that mom. A few things that have gotten us through the thick of things are:

  • Hyland’s Baby Tiny Cold Tablets – For natural, homeopathic relief. No unnecessary junk. I pass no judgment on mom’s who prefer traditional cold meds, but this is my pick. This is mini dude’s second cold, and I have seen a relief in all of his cold symptoms both times. Dosing can be tedius—every hour—but I don’t mind. I set an alarm on my phone. Note: My tiny man has not run a fever. These tabs are not designed to reduce a fever.
  • Hyland’s Baby Nighttime Tiny Cold Syrup – A nighttime version of the tiny cold tabs. I didn’t use this during his first cold but wish I had. He woke up so frequently during his first cold and has slept soundly—dare I say like a baby lol— this time.
  • Zarbee’s Naturals Baby Soothing Chest Rub – It’s like Vick’s, but all-natural and safe to use on infants. I rub a bit on his chest during bedtime. It has a wonderful, light eucalyptus scent.
  • Gaia Black Elderberry Syrup – An immune support for this momma. I went back and forth on taking this because of mixed info on whether it was safe to use while breastfeeding. Even Gaia’s own website has multiple articles with differing info. Confused, I consulted my doctor and was reassured that it is one of the safer herbal supplements and meds for a nursing momma to take.

I am very thankful that baby boy and I are both turning the corner. His nose is still a little runny, and I am still a bit congested, but overall we are on the mend!

How are you holding up so far this cold season?

Peace,

Y