All posts tagged: challenges

What Keeps You Going

We’ve all been there. At some point pursuing our endeavors, whether its balancing work and motherhood, starting your own business, or being a stay at home mom; you’ll start to wonder if you’ll be able to keep all your marbles! I recently came back from a 2 week trip to Hong Kong (summary to come!) and suffered a week long period of jet lag. I’d be up – unable to sleep every night, which would make for pretty unproductive days as I would be sleeping through them. When I was awake during the day, my energy was further depleted by a needy toddler who recently began to take advantage of our shared misery time together to have hysterical screaming/crying rages. The jet lag also gave me ample opportunity to obsess over things as I lay awake at night unable to sleep. And as trite as they may sound, a lot of minor things can add up. It was very revealing at the same time. It was a good time to check-in with myself to see if jet lag was all that was …

My son’s turning 3 and it’s terrifying!

It’s time to write a mommy update. The last time I actually wrote about motherhood/parenting was a few months ago and with all the recent developments, I thought now would be a good time. Just a reminder: I’m never going to sugar coat my experiences. Here you’re going to get the raw and ugly sides of my motherhood experience, as well as the fabulous and sweet moments. Like the title of this post suggests, my son O is turning 3 this month and here’s what I have to say about it: I’m terrified. Why? Well, you’ve probably heard about the “terrible two’s”, but how about the “terrifying three’s”? We (my husband and I) were kind of hoping that we would skip all of that and have ourselves an easy going toddler from now until, well, forever? The two’s were actually “ok”. Sure he developed more of an opinion and he’s the pickiest eater ever, but he rarely ever pulled full blown temper tantrums at home or out in public. Nor did he outright refuse to listen …

#365daysofselfcare Day 19: Reach out to someone

“We all need somebody to lean on” Sometimes the best things you can do is to ask for and accept help. This one’s a tough one for me. But like anything else, it just takes getting use to the more you do it. Asking for help can empower you to either take care of yourself or free you up to do something else. It also helps build community. Likewise, another suggestion is to reach out and text someone to see how they’re doing, or to say something affirming to them. Again, it opens up the opportunity to build community and a good support system.  All it takes is one text or phone call. Check out more on my Instagram account @eatsleepplayblog  or join the challenge with the hashtag #365daysofselfcare. I usually post there first!      

My 6 Week Journey to Wellness: Week 5 and 6 Recap

As you all may know, I’ve been working with Darcy of Fit Foodie Mom on balancing my life and getting myself to a better level of fitness. You can probably tell by my late post that something was up. Well, lets just say its been a busy and mixed 2 weeks. I traveled down to LA alone with O for 5 days over a weekend, so that left little time to do much of anything centered around goals. But I still managed to work on a few of them. I’ve also not been able to document much of my ‘exercise journey’ these last 2 weeks, so no videos or photos unfortunately! I’ll be doing a quick ‘Final Results/Reflection’ Post following this one to just sum up my whole experience and what I took away from it. Now let me do a quick recap of each week: Week 5 My goals for the week were: 1. Set aside time to look over a family mission statement exercise 2. Work out at least 3 times this week during …

A family reunited?: What happened after my husband returned

About 2 months ago, my husband returned from his year of fellowship in Manhattan. A year that almost tore apart this family. At least, that was how we felt at the time. I had written a post prior to his return about our 1 year long-distance marriage and what I had learned from it. Now it all but seems like a distant…nightmare. When I wrote that post, I probably left a lot of readers hanging, largely because I was unsure as to how things would turn out after he returned. We could all only imagine and hope that things would be better and that we would work together as a couple to re-strengthen our marriage. Well, I wanted to briefly share and update you on how things have been. Close friends can probably already tell that things have been going well. But I wanted to share more deeply the impact that it has had on us and for me individually. My husband’s return changed more things than one. I should also mention that he had the …

5 challenges new moms face and how to overcome them

I wanted to follow up on my last post with a more serious and positive post. Bear in mind that all that I said was true and still stands. Except it is now 12:45am. Anyways, here it goes. 5 challenges new moms face and how to overcome them. I’ve been wanting to speak to my own experience and perhaps the experience of some other new mothers out there. Its not new, but its really from personal experience and how i’m in the process of discovering ways to cope and even soar. Get ready, this is a long one. 1. Tiredness (Physically and emotionally) Ok, this is a given. And most of you who don’t have children probably already knew this based on friends reports or common knowledge. Having a newborn, baby or toddler, is physically taxing due to needing to tend to its physical needs – breastfeeding throughout the day/night, cleaning up after him/her, putting them to sleep, doing household chores, playing and activities with them to name a few. But I want to pay more attention to emotional fatigue. …