Thursday afternoon, 1pm. Kids are down for their quiet times. We’ve been on the go all morning, running errands and at the gym. My phone has been put away and I haven’t been online in hours. It’s good for me.
I sit down with my lunch and afternoon cup of coffee. I open up Facebook and after scrolling through for a moment, I find myself feeling slightly disgusted. Negativity is flooding my screen. Countless shares of awful things, rants, gossip. We all know how sitting around all day talking about our problems doesn’t solve anything!
I turn off the computer, knowing I need to disconnect, if what I’m seeing is stirring up feelings of frustration inside me. Moments later, a text dings on my phone. It’s from a friend- She’s sitting at her computer with her baby, printing off recipes from this site. She makes me smile and I remember another fun message I received from a different gal a few days ago….Frustration about social media begins to fade. I remember how a farmer friend of ours connected with another friend and was able to really help her, all because of social media and I think back to this post here from my dear friend Andrea.
See, social media is BIG and it isn’t going anywhere. Lets be people who use it for good. How about we spread kind words, encouraging posts, things that make us laugh and stuff we actually LIKE? How about we do what Mary Oliver says, “Pay attention. Be astonished. Tell about it.”
I’m still soft enough to let goodness blow me away. Kind words and people who are living aware and trying their best never get old to me. I can’t get enough of them. So, here’s a little good from around the internet this week. Don’t let the world make you hard or bitter. Keep your eyes open to the good all around you and then when you start to see it, don’t be afraid to share it.
For the Good-A Friday Roundup of Goodness From Around the Internet:
“Shout out to all the moms who took their kids to school in an ensemble like this (no bra, of course). I volunteered to walk Sydney to her first period but she declined. Also, moment of silence for the unmade bed and piles of laundry that passes for a “master bedroom” for most of us. #glamorouslife“
“She was recently diagnosed with breast cancer and it’s spread to her bones. She’s a fighter, but anyone in that circumstance could use some encouragement. That’s where you come in! The next time you’re out on a hike, or are anywhere beautiful for that matter, please snap a picture holding up her lucky number “22.” We’re making her a book with all of the photos, so just comment here with the picture or email it to me at firstname.lastname@example.org
“It’s January, so everyone’s talking about HOW to take better care of themselves, and that’s good. Good for them! I’m sincerely happy for all you high functioning green juice drinking self helpers!
But those of us who are too tired and sad and overwhelmed to move? Those of us who are *just barely* keeping our heads above water? Those of us who feel like we have nothing left to give to anyone, least of all ourselves? Maybe we need to be reminded **WHY** it’s time we take care of ourselves. Continue….“
kellyejensen: I’ve been thinking about this post for a long time, but just wasn’t ready. I saw this quote about 8 months when I was killing myself to ‘lose the baby weight’….
“It stopped me dead in my tracks and I have thought about these words every day since …. So here we go: I wrote my WORKOUT goals at the top of my resolution list this year – … but for the first time that gesture means something quite different to me than it has before… This time it’s for this body of mine, that deserves so much more than I’ve given it. More love, more care, more forgiveness…and less judgement. This time it’s not because of my ‘athletic legs, extra pounds, or jiggly bits’ But instead it’s because I’ve realized that without this body I couldn’t have chased dreams, carried babies, climbed mountains and fought through the moments I felt should crush me ….. Continue here.“
“I overhauled all of Floret’s marketing materials and reworked the website. Not long after, I replaced the dark, poor-quality flower photos with beautiful, professional, family-centered images, and everything changed……Continue here.”
I know I say it often, but from the bottom of my heart, thank you all for being part of the NW Healthy Mama community. You make this site so fun and your encouraging words/texts/emails/comments power me on and make me want to make this space GREAT. If you ever have any ideas of what you’d like to see more of, just shot an email.
Happy Friday, friends! What good things have you seen/heard/done or read this week?