You’re Amazing Just the Way You Are

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We have all been created with authentic gifts, talents and abilities. The challenge is to acknowledge and appreciate these throughout the madness and chaos of society’s expectations.  

We spend our lives comparing ourselves to others, people who have also been created with their own uniqueness, not ours. And as we try to ‘change’ to match these other people, we start living according to their values and goals. And then we fail, according to their standards, we forget who we are and so miss out on the incredible opportunities which are ours for the taking.  

The truth is that we all have an incredible destiny and purpose. The greatest challenge is to realize who we are and what our flow is. Get to know yourself, your true authentic self. And as you get to discover your uniqueness and authenticity, you can begin to appreciate and love yourself for who are. And as you begin to love yourself for who you are, you start discovering your own unique gifts and talents which you can share with the world so that you can grow to be the person you are meant to be. Not who you think you should be, but rather who you truly are. Because you are amazing just the way you are! ~ Alison Livanos

Let go of the guilt, Mom

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At some point along our parenting journey, we may have experienced that feeling of guilt to some level or another, for something we did or didn’t do for our children. We all make those perceived Mommy mistakes. Forgetting something important. Losing our tempers in the heat of the moment when we misunderstood an action. Working late. Missing school events. Being too busy with work to be a volunteer Mom at school. Letting the kids eat something that’s unhealthy because we’re just enough of negotiating. Whatever your perceived mistakes, you could let them go.

Holding onto that feeling of guilt is more of a disfavour to our children than not because it’s keeping us trapped in the past. And when we’re trapped in the past, it’s that much more challenging to be truly present with what is happening in the moment and to appreciate the value of the experience. Guilt holds us back and keeps us from appreciating the value of what we have in our children and we just try and make up for that guilt in all we do; thereby generating further feelings of guilt.

So how do we let go of the feelings of guilt? You could make a list of all the things that you feel you have or haven’t done to or for your children. Whatever comes to mind, and how ever simple and silly it may seem, write it down. Now think about each action and ask how what you did or didn’t do is actually helping your children grow and learn? Then you can even take it a step further and think about how the action is actually part of your own development and growth. 

As we begin to appreciate the experiences which we have had or we have given to our children, we are brought into a state of appreciation which leads us to experience the true love of our children. That’s when we can truly be present for ourselves, our children and everyone in our lives ~ Alison Livanos.