He is Enough and Other New Year’s Observations

by Lesley on January 5, 2015 · 5 comments

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It’s officially the first Monday of a New Year which means that people everywhere are attempting to be productive, stick to their resolutions and generally make a go at change. I *tried* to crawl out of bed for a 6:00am yoga class but failed miserably. Maybe tonight instead. Maybe.

Last night we hiked to the top of Elings Park, which took about 12 minutes and gave us the most incredible 360 degree view of Santa Barbara that I’ve ever seen. I can’t believe I didn’t know this hike existed until now. It was easy enough for Anna (we carried Owen) and the top offered sweeping ocean, city and mountain views. We agreed right then and there to make sunsets a part of our family rituals in 2015.

To be quite honest, I wish we didn’t have to make rest and sunsets a part of our resolutions. Shouldn’t those things come naturally? Unfortunately, I think many of us go go go until we break. I’m tired of feeling tired, you know?

This year I’ve decided to stop living in a scarcity mentality. I spent a lot of 2014 pretending that I don’t have enough time or money for what is important. There were many days I found myself whining, “I just wish I had more time to….xyz.” and “I never get a chance to…xyz” or “I’m always so busy, and I hate that I’m so busy” or “I wish I had money to purchase that really cute canvas for above our bed” or “My clothes are so old and I don’t have a beach cover up that isn’t faded!” (Whomp whomp.)

For Christmas this year, Jonathan got me a t-shirt from Etsy that says: He is Enough. (The HE being God, not Jonathan, wink.) I decided that while I like to tell myself I don’t have enough time or money, it’s really not true. I have plenty of time for the things that matter, and plenty of money for the things I need. And even if I didn’t, He Should Be Enough.

A few weeks ago my friend Kellie asked me to be her first guest on a new venture called The Postpartum Podcast. Kellie and I met a few years ago through the Sacramento blogging world and when she asked to be on the show, I jumped at the opportunity. I’d love to explore starting my own podcast someday, so it was fun to be part of her first episode, which airs today!

Despite the awkward start to the podcast (you’ll see what I mean if you listen…I might have used her daughter’s name instead of hers…) I think I did okay. (Kellie, I’ll let you be the judge of that!) I am so honored to be part of Kellie’s big launch, and I’m grateful she took a chance on me being that I have no experience. The show is 30 minutes long and we cover my thoughts on postpartum counseling, recognizing your postpartum trigger points, and Dinosaur Train.

You can listen to Kellie’s podcast via her website, or search iTunes for The Postpartum Podcast.

Happy Monday, everyone!

p.s. That driftwood heart? Made that last night and it might be the only DIY project I get to in 2015. DIY projects are not on my list of resolutions.

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caramac54
caramac54

1.  I love the driftwood heart.  2.  He IS enough.  3.  Here's to sunsets and rest happening naturally!  4.  Happy new year!

LesleyM
LesleyM moderator

@caramac54 Happy New Year, Cara! Hope this next year brings you some rest and sleep as I know you're probably not getting nearly enough in these newborn days. 

Kellie Edson
Kellie Edson

Thank you SO much for coming on, Lesley.  You were awesome.  Your honesty and realness always inspire me. So glad to know you!