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  • Jen Mantle

Thriving in the midst of change.

This little lady is ready for her debut!

Meet Georgy.

Georgy is named after one of my heroes, Georgia O'Keefe.

A bold woman ahead of her time, an innovator and a total badass!

My normal rhythms and routines however are totally out the window with her arrival.

It's chaotic if I'm honest!

It’s left me feeling frustrated and looking for balance.

This seems to be such a common theme, right?

We are all looking for balance.

A rhythm to our lives.

So, for the next few weeks I’ll be discussing ways to help us feel more balance in our lives.

Let’s jump right in!

We all have a flow that we’re used to.

Schedules, activities and anchors that help us to feel normal.

When something happens, like our kids get sick or say we add a puppy to our household :), it messes up our regularly scheduled programming.

The anchors we depend on go out the window, and overwhelm and frustration take hold .

This is exactly the moment to pause for a moment and notice what’s happening.

Our plan has been interrupted, and usually there isn’t much we can do about it.

Stop and breathe.

Remember what you can control.

Spoiler alert- most of life is completely out of your control!

So what can you do?

Adapt and adjust where you see fit (to quote my Dad :)).

More importantly, let go and breathe.

This too shall pass.

Get curious.

Frustration is a combination of fear and anger.

It lives within resistance and stagnation.

Where is the resistance living? What feels crunchy?

Is it the fact that your schedule is disrupted?

Do things feel unsettled?

Are you living in what was? The way things “used” to be?

What is ready to fall away?

Be gentle with yourself here.

Whatever comes up is not meant to be judged.

It’s merely a guide for what may need a little extra love, and a place to ask for some help.

Thank it for all it has done for you and let it go.

Give yourself loads of compassion.

You are a human living a human life.

You can only do so much.

It’s perfectly ok to give yourself a minute.

The world will be ok if you don’t get “all the things” done.

And honestly, most of it will probably go unnoticed!

Again, ask for help when you need it and explain yourself when it’s needed.

Carve out five minute chunks of time just for you.

Being frazzled and frayed serves no one.

Feeling grounded makes everything easier.

Take five minutes for yourself to soothe your system.

Grab some alone time outside.

Pour yourself a cup of tea and drink it while it’s still warm.

Read a book or doodle.

Take a minute to breathe and let go.

Let the outside world spin without you for a moment.

Then come back remembering the presence you just experienced.

Change is inevitable in life.

It’s the one thing you can depend on.

Sometimes it’s welcome, and sometimes not.

Regardless of the circumstances of change, remember it won’t last forever.

But what you discover in the midst of change is something you will never forget.

So much love to you dear ones.

Until next time!

“Whether you succeed or not is irrelevant, there is no such thing. Making your unknown known is the important thing.”

~ Georgia O’Keeffe

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