#MondayMotivation Own your Awesome

Ever hear a news story and it just sticks with you? This was the case for an interview that NPR did with soccer star Julie Foudy.  Take a minute to read or a listen to Julie!

I remember exactly when I heard this story too: it was on the way to my photo shoot for my new website and marketing consulting business. I wanted to “own it” on the shoot and be myself.

Julie Foudy talks about how she learned about different styles of leadership from her soccer team mates. She explains:

They showed me that asserting your own leadership style is most important — being authentically you.

This reminds me of the quote that goes something like, “Be yourself. Everyone else is taken.”

Don’t be afraid to be uniquely you, find your voice, and do something that matters to you. In the process of getting out of your comfort zone, you may surprise yourself and inspire others along the way.

Starting my own business has had moments of sheer excitement and panic. “Am I really doing this?” has crossed my mind more times that I can count. Still, I persist in times when I feel uncomfortable or uncertain. I trust the network of friends, family and colleagues who have provided support and encouragement.  I step back and do research to help be more prepared and informed about whatever it is that I’m facing. I’m doing it all in my own way, owning my awesome!

And that photo shoot that I mentioned earlier? I think the results help show my awesome.

Cheers to owning your awesome! Have a great Monday!

You Might be Home with Kids for Summer if…

Who’s ready for school again?! This post is from a year ago, but it still holds true today!

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  1. Your vehicle is gaining its own garbage dump.
  2. A moldy piece of fruit is found in aforementioned dump.
  3. You feel like you could be an Uber driver with all the taxi-ing you do.
  4. You hear “I’m bored.” at least once a day.
  5. You feel like a cruise director, trying to entertain your kids with some activity each day.
  6. You’ve heard your kids say, “You’re the worst ___ (insert family member title here eg. brother / sister / mom / dad) EVER!”
  7. Your grocery shopping can’t keep up with all the eating that goes on, and you constantly say, “Really, that’s gone already?!”
  8. Camp chairs, seat cushions, and a picnic blanket become permanent fixtures in your trunk.
  9. You’ve let your kids buy junky toys that fall apart in a matter of days hours. See this post for that story!
  10. You have a countdown to the first day of school.

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Almost #SilentSunday

I love this picture of my kids, getting ready to go fishing. The scenery and colors are gorgeous, and I can almost see their excitement in their stance. Unfortunately, not many fish were biting, but it was still a nice afternoon together as a family.

Fishing pic

P.S. I can’t do true #SilentSunday posts because I feel the need to add just a bit of commentary to my posts. 🙂

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Newsflash: Things will get Trashed in your Car

I give you Exhibit A: trashed backseat kick mats & organizers:

Backseat Kick mats

Backseat Kick Mats & Organizer after several years of use and abuse

I took this picture after our road trip to Washington D.C. because my SUV ends up being a huge mess after road trips.  It occurred to me then that these seat protectors / organizers have really seen better days.  The one on the right has held up slightly better, but the organizer pockets on the top are velcro-ed to the back.  The velcro doesn’t hold that well, so the top flap of pockets flops down and hits my daughter’s knees. Seeing the state of these kick mats, I thought two things:

  1. Wow, they are really trashed. I should probably buy some new ones.
  2. How old are they anyway?

I looked up my purchase history in Amazon (isn’t Amazon great?!) and saw that they were ordered in 2014 and 2013! These kick mats arrived when my kids were around 4 and 2. They have lived through a lot of tantrums and backseat shenanigans.

Here are the product links if you are curious:

Britax Back of Front Seat Kick Mats

Prince Lionheart Backseat Organizer

Now that my kids are 5 and 7, they don’t need much of the gear that they had when they were babies. My car, on the other hand, DOES still require some child-proofing to help minimize the amount of stains and wear and tear that happens in the back seat. I may have to reorder one of these.