How Elephants Can Help You Be A More Joyful Mom.
What are you passionate about?
What makes your soul sing and you do it simply for the pleasure that it brings you and how good you feel afterwards?
My 7-year-old adores Elephants.
He talks about them, makes up songs about them, draws them, sleeps in a pile of soft toy elephants and asks a million questions about them every day.
My 3-year-old is now also convinced that elephants are the best thing ever and sings the songs his older brother has made up.
Today is World Elephant Day and cause for a major Elephant-y celebration in our house.
Watching my kids enthusiasm and joy about any and all things Elephant-y got me thinking about my own life.
What am I that passionate about?
I’m fortunate that one of my big passions is also my job. I chat about pelvic floors, prolapse, diastasis and exercise anywhere, anytime, with anyone who is interested - even in the supermarket parking lot.
But other than that I have to admit that I’ve let a lot of the stuff that I enjoy slide off the radar.
It started with my second pregnancy when I was too tired to keep up with any extra activities and continued throughout the toddler years.
Now I’m determined to do more of the things that fill me with joy and happy feelings.
I’ve had to sit down and think hard about what I used to love (pre-kidlets) and I’ve come up with a short list of things I love to put myself back on the priority list.
I love puttering around in my garden.
Planting, weeding, picking and eating what I have grown is deeply satisfying.
I have neglected my garden in the past three years and it shows.
So more my focus will go here and if I am lucky my boys will fall in love with digging in the earth as well.
I used to paint watercolour paintings for the sheer joy of watching the vibrant colours flow across the paper and mix with each other into gorgeous patterns.
The dust on my painting box speaks to how long it is since I have made time to indulge in this hobby.
Reading for the pleasure of getting lost in someone else’s story is another thing that I haven’t done much lately.
What it boils down to is that I want more Elephant-y joy in my life.
Do you want more joy in your life?
Maybe you haven’t been exercising and taking care of your body and you miss how good you used to feel afterwards.
Maybe you miss Rockclimbing or Swing Dancing or a regular night to reconnect with your girls.
If you feel you have let the joyous, Elephant-y things in YOUR life slip a bit, here are three questions to get you thinking about where to start getting it back.
What am I passionate about?
When was the last time I made time for it in my life?
What can I do to make time for a little more of it this month?
Remember this doesn’t have to be an all or nothing thing.
Try doing a little more of the things you love, more often and see what shifts for you.
Let me know what you find you miss.
I’d love to know what you decide is your own personal Elephant Joy Project.