My life right now is full with different descriptors than detailed it when this picture was taken. During the season pictured with Ella on my back, I PACKED MY KIDS, packed for my kids, packed for meeting needs of small (and some not so small) children while still committing to sustaining and nourishing mySelf...having learned (over and over again) that to nourish another WELL, I must be nourished well too.
Season change. I no longer pack diapers. Now my days are packed more in my brain than in my bag....what do I need for today. Who and what is my priority?
I teach (and remind) people to prepare their own packs now...to prepare for what they'll need for their days. School days, soccer days, gymnastics, basketball, football, swimming (bring your goggles HOME with you!), and so many other places and commitments that require us to "show up" prepared. What fuel is needed? What skills? What perspectives? What client's chart / file?
Mind you, I still pack water & snacks for many when we head out because without fail someone says "is there any water in the van?" within 10 minutes of an outing. I still pack appropriate items for a day at an amusement park, pool, hike in the woods, and Lord help me prepare for the family camping adventures.
When I was speaking with MY coach recently, coaching through how I "show up WELL" prepared for the current demands of my days, we spent a few moments to define "prepared" and HOW, exactly do I want to "show up WELL". I'm committed to serve in MANY different capacities ...different than I did when I was packing diapers.
I tend to think in images. One my goals, my action items for the week, was to spend time with the image of My Pack. I drew my pack. I thought about my pack. I imagined my pack everyday for over a week. What's in it?
What do I need DAILY in my pack to show up WELL?
I need perspective. How do I get that TODAY?
(today I listened to a Brene Brown video)
I need nourishment and hydration. Do I have my shake and water bottles prepared?
(kefir w/ a scoop of nano pro & nano greens, chia & flax, water w/ ACV, lemon juice and pinch of celtic sea salt, kombucha and beet kvass)
I need endurance and stamina. When will I exercise my skills, my tools, sharpening my saw so to speak, beating my heart faster to the increased demands of the activities?
(today, I jogged, marched, and jumped on the re-bounder, aka mini-trampoline, for 10 minutes while visiting w/ kids and spent 15 minutes on a stationary bike while checking and responding to emails)
Today was a relatively "easy" day. The schedule wasn't in 10 directions.
Tomorrow has a different set of demands...I'll need my day's schedule, my timer on my phone to remind me to Pause and adjust the straps of my pack, to drink my water and stretch. Tomorrow I need my head set, my files, my van filled with gas. Tomorrow I will prepare lunches. Tomorrow, I will check homework. Tomorrow I will train new staff. Tomorrow I will still need perspective, my shake, my hydration...and to build / maintain my endurance. I must remain connected to my vision of a WELL world...and show up well.
It's hard being mom. It's easier when I show up WELL and have what I need available to me in my day, my Daily Bread...and at the end of the day, I can take my pack off and put it down.
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