TO MY MOMMIES & DADDIES OF LITTLES:
I apologized for being so busy and not being able to get to the important stuff. Then she replied, "It looks to me like you are doing the important stuff." 💔
You guys, this is straight out of my calligraphy student Facebook group. I was feeling awful that I had such high hopes and dreams for getting so much calligraphy stuff done during maternity leave. I shared a photo of myself holding baby, explaining that my life pretty much consisted 97% baby/twins, 2% putting food on the table, and about 1% left for everything else.
But when I read those words, my heart sunk. I had forgotten that they are only little for so long. That THIS, this exact time right now, is what matters most. Because this time is fleeting and one day they won't need me the way they do today.
So to my mommies and daddies with littles, take a deep breath with me. The dishes, the cleaning, the to-do list...they'll always be there. Embrace the messy and chaos now. It's truly a beautiful thing. We just need the gentle reminder because sometimes our dreams are bigger than ourselves and our hearts bursting with passion. But at the same time, the season to pursue those dreams may not be now. And that's ok. I'm still learning this. #onedayatatime#letthembelittle#calligramom
if you know me well, or if you keep up with me on this medium, you know i left my partner 6 months ago. it feels like YEARS ago, and like yesterday, but i want you to know i am on the other side of the gut wrenching pain; and i still cry sometimes, like last week, i cried myself to sleep. my sister reminded it's OK to still cry, it's OK that grief still hits me when i least expect it. the grief and the growth, it is hard, but it is necessary. when we are in the thick of it, we feel like we will NEVER CRAWL OUT OF IT. i spent 5 months in a dark hole. i still showed up, but i showed up for life differently, and a lot of times crying and wiping away snot in the arms of my family and friends. i am in awe of the tribe that has surrounded me and lifted me up, i can never thank you enough. i am in awe of what happens when we lean into the pain, which leads to the growth. when we ask ourselves, "what can i learn from this?" "what's my part?". it's so easy to blame, and trust me i do, i'm human, but i have a part too. it's hard for me to say, "what's on the other side is better" because that makes me think it's better than A, and i never want to put her down -- so i've come to realize what's on the other side is different, it's more inline with who i am, what i want, what i need, and what i choose to create. —
if you're in that dark hole, i will tell you what someone told me, "if no one has told you today, you will get through this, i know you don't believe that, i know your heart is aching, but you will get through this". —
keep leaning into the grief, i promise the answers are already inside you, it's up to you to find them, and to listen to them. love you tribe, xo LJ. // 📸: @aaron
hey there! hope y'all are well and having a good week. lots of love - kari💓
Blue hair and triceps on point 💪🏻👌🏻 Workout with the hubby DONE while laundry is going and the baby was sleeping 🤜🏻🤛🏻 there’s not a lot of times when i feel like i have my shit together but so far I’m crushing today 😁🤘🏻 fingers crossed it stays that way 🤞🏻😆 .
Slow and steady cut doing me and my strength right although I feel SO weak 🤷🏻♀️ this is 3 months of Hypertrophy work along with of course the big 3 (Squats/Deads/Bench)...this is a NEVER ending journey - I’ve been through the super skinny fat stage to super fluffy that I didn’t even recognize myself - I still struggle with body dysmorphia but let me tell you that progress pictures do work (sometimes) for me.... today was one of those days. I’ve come a long way. Both mentally and physically. I love being strong all round. It’s what keeps me going. Happy Holidays y’all - keep in grinding!
Y2. Day 111. I've been quiet and not really in the mood to post lately. I've been tired. And busy. And a little scatterbrained. And focused on other things. My bandwidth is at max capacity. There is a light at the end of the tunnel, but it's a bit far off in the distance still. "I think I can, I think I can..." I have January in the back of my mind - specifically January 2nd. My first day of work in the New Year. The day I become full-term in my pregnancy. The day where I have in my mind as a goal date to be "ready" on all cylinders so I can relax for a bit. It will feel so good to just relax. Just a little before the chaos that I probably can't even imagine is about to ensue 👶🏻💙 Good chaos, of course 🤗 One day at a time...I'll get there. Just gotta keep on chuggin' xo #sober#sobriety#sexysobriety#hipsobriety#teetotaler#y2day111#soberlife#soberissexy#sobermom#alcoholfree#recovery#wearetheluckiest#keepfighting#onedayatatime
Sooooo...today was fun! Total team effort...4 players scored double digits and hand 2 players with a double double. Everyone contributed and it started with a great week of practice!! Currently 6-3 with 2 games in New Orleans this week. #OneWay#OneDayAtATime#Family
3 weeks in and my shoulders are getting much bigger and my abs that didn’t exist after my surgery are starting to come back! Not letting the surgery I had limit me in what I can achieve!! #OneDayAtATime