smell the roses...
Spring is well and truly here and one of my fav things about this season is all the beautiful flowers that are in full bloom! Our backyard has a cute little paved walkway where we have rainbow roses growing wildly (and beautifully) this time of year. My girls and I love to pick some together once every few weeks and display them in different cute vases around the house when there are in season.
One thing that I make sure of whenever we go rose picking is that I have some time on my hands, I make sure I'm not in a rush. Reason being, I like to make a moment of it. Ask them which flower is their favorite and why. What colors they can see & how many flowers they can count. We usually smell test each one before we choose a "lucky winner" that gets to be on proud display in our home. And although it takes a lot longer than the task itself requires. I always take more time with it because I love making sweet little traditions and memories that they will always look back on in the years to come.
Something that has always been important to me when it comes to the way we live our life and raise our kids is that we always live with with a heightened sense of gratitude. Gratitude changes everything!
Being aware of how blessed we are is not only a really nice way to live but I find that it causes you to appreciate even the smallest of things & allows you to live in the moment. It allows you to stop and literally "smell the roses".
The truth of the matter is that we live is a fast paced, ever evolving world. When we're at work, we fantasize about being on vacation, when we go on vacation, we worry about all the work demands that await us back home. We dwell on memories of the past or fret about what may or may not happen in the future. We don't appreciate the living present because our minds are always preoccupied with what is next or what is to come that often we miss the beauty of the here and now.
The problem with living our lives this way is that we can often feel like what we have is never enough. We are always acquiring about the next thing. Whatever that THING may be.
I love the thought or notion of having goals in your life to aim towards, and there is nothing wrong with wanting to be the best version of yourself possible. But there is a fine line between being driven and having blinders on. I don't ever want to miss out on what I can enjoy in the moment because I'm too preoccupied with what is to come.
So here is to working on the art of now. To being present. To slowing down enough to stop and smell the roses. Its often the little things in life that can bring the greatest joy.
All my love,