Hallmark and hershey’s commercials, jewelry and bubble baths, red hearts and glitter – yep, February is here ❤️ The talk of love and romance and all things mushy is everywhere. Now- let me be clear, it’s my favorite – I love red, lace, sparkles, sweet notes and sweeter treats. The month of February is also my birthday month, win/win! That being said, it got me thinking about all the awesome parts of my life that I cherish, but also require a lot of work. In fact, MOST of the things that I love most in my life did NOT come easily. They were not handed to me. They came after great effort on my part. It’s the “rain is necessary for the rainbow” and the “harder the battle, the sweeter the victory” mentality. Life isn’t always the “best day ever”. Sometimes, we have
days months that are a bit dark or filled with craziness ands expectations that simply can’t be met. It’s hard for us to imagine these conflicts/situations ever improving. But they do. They always do.
It’s important for me to teach my children that hard work pays off. Effort is important. There is immense value in both patience and perseverance and working daily towards your goals. Our fast paced world is so hyper focused on instant, faster and immediate results. Expecting our children to have to participate in life – what a concept! The things that we contribute to bring us so much more happiness and satisfaction. I’d much rather see my children earn their smiles and dreams. They will feel ownership of their emotions – now that’s a reward! Her’s a quick list of things that I LOVE which require effort on my part… The bold words are my non-favorite part 🙂
- Cleaning the house – but it results in an organized and more peaceful home
- Applying make up & doing my hair – but it allows me to look presentable and less like a homeless person
- Changing closets our each season – but we then have weather appropriate clothes that fit us (hopefully)
- Yard work & cutting the grass – but it’s super fun to come home to a beautiful yard
- Disciplining the kids – having respectful, responsible kids is definitely worth it!
- Grocery shopping/meal planning – feeding my family food that they love and not panicking at 5 because I don’t have a plan for dinner
- Saving money – having money set aside for vacations and fun stuff (like movies and the random Tuesday ice cream treats)
- Doing cat pans – cuddling fat kitties and having something in your house that doesn’t talk back
- Plans changing at the last minute – people knowing that they can depend on me (no matter what)
- Sibling fights – watching them form a bond that will last forever
Take a look at your life – what things/people/situations that you love and are always worth the work that they require?
Happy Valentine’s Day, friends! How sweet it is to be loved by you!