This Beautiful Life

Five Things Friday 4.15.16

Can you believe its Friday already? This week was hectic, but it sure went by quickly. My train of thought was all over the place as I wrote this Five Things Friday blog, so bear with me!

Am I One of Those Moms?

camera_roll_baby_picturesDuring the ten long months that I was pregnant, I swore that I would not be the obnoxious mommy who posts too many pictures of her child on social media. Now that my little munchkin is here, I fear I have become just that. I constantly post pictures of Baby B on Facebook and Instagram, and my blog posts are nearly always about the baby, or being a mommy. My phone is full of pictures of the little guy. In fact, I have more than 2,000 photos of him. Oftentimes these pictures just capture our day-to-day activities. I swear that I’m not obsessed. I simply want to remember every single second of life with him. I know that, in the blink of an eye, he’ll no longer be my snugly little baby boy. So my posts aren’t meant to be obnoxious. I’m simply so in love with, and so proud of, my little man…I want the world to know.

When I Grow Up

Okay, okay. I know that I am technically a grown-up. It is now common, however, for an adult to explore a series of different careers throughout their life. I often think about other careers that I would like to pursue. Of course I love my current job. I love teaching. But I know that there are other talents and interests I would like to explore. I already gave cosmetology a shot. I quit teaching for over a year to pursue my cosmetology license. I love doing hair, and I think I’m pretty good at it, but salon life is just not for me. Lately, I’ve imagined myself as a yoga instructor, maybe even a prenatal/postnatal yoga instructor. In recent months, I’ve considered becoming a doula. At some point, I want to be a full time mommy blogger. My husband and I watched a few episodes of Fixer Upper on HGTV, and now I have decided that I should be an interior designer. It’s probably silly for me to sit around and think about all of these different career possibilities. At the same time, I’m only 35. I have many, many years to continue to explore my options. What will I try next?

A Very Special Anniversary

Yesterday, my parents celebrated their 36th wedding anniversary. According to my mom, that’s 14,000 some odd days but, ya know, who is counting? I feel like there is so much I can learn from my parents. The statistics tell us that nearly fifty percent of marriages end in divorce. Growing up, I have learned that marriage is not easy. Marriage is about compromise, and genuinely caring for one another. Marriage is patience, and being willing to work through things together, even in the most difficult of situations. Marriage means loving one another for who they are, and most importantly having a sense of humor. Thirty-six years of marriage is something to be celebrated. I am lucky to have these two amazing people as parents. Happy anniversary mom and dad. <3my_parents

Texture

I recently discovered a new app called Texture. Texture is a subscription service that allows you to pay a monthly subscription fee to access countless different digital magazines. These are not obscure magazines. Instead the list includes Oprah, InStyle, Cosmopolitan, etc. What I really love about this app is that, while I enjoy reading magazines, I just can’t manage to read the various copies that come in the mail each month. The time I have available to read is limited to when I am breast-feeding my son. Imagine trying to balance a magazine, and turning the pages quietly…in the dark. You get the picture. Texture allows me to read these magazines on my phone, digitally, efficiently, and quietly. It is also much more environmentally friendly. I’m definitely a huge fan. This is not a sponsored post…I just wanted to share my favorite new find!

Gratitude, and Perspective

Lately, I have been practicing gratitude each and every day. My hope is that gratitude will help me to better manage my stress, and anxiety. It will help put my life into perspective. Every day, at 8 o’clock in the morning, an alarm on my cell phone pops up, reminding me to practice gratitude. The more I practice, the more meaningful, and effective the exercise becomes. Today, I practiced gratitude as I sat in bed, nursing my son, thinking about those things for which I am most grateful. Even on the toughest of weeks, I realize how fortunate I really am. I have a happy, healthy, beautiful son. I have a wonderful, caring, supportive husband. I have a career that allows me to work from home, and care for my munchkin. We have a beautiful home, and food on the table. I have an amazing, loving family. At the end of the day, those are the things that matter most. So, on the tougher days, I find myself revisiting my mental list of blessings, throughout the day. baby_in_a_ball_pit

Tell me what you think! Do you think new moms are obnoxious when they post lots of baby pictures? Have you tried Texture? What did you think? Have you ever thought of making a career change? What career would you choose?

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