Day: December 16, 2014

The Annual Holiday Concert and My 5 Tips to Re-Energize Myself

Every year my son’s adapted school puts on the annual holiday concert. There are many things that are beautiful about it, from the many holiday songs, religious and secular, to the combination of singing and sometimes dancing, to the beautiful sets that take time and lots of creativity to produce. Each year, I make sure to have lots of Kleenex with me for the performance that the primary team (young elementary school kids), have been practicing weeks for. This year, the magic was no different. It was you could say, the start of my own holiday spirit. Hearing the kids belting out old classic Christmas carols was nothing short but phenomenal, especially since most of these children with special needs have trouble communicating period. But as his Mom, what stood out the most for me, of course, was Michael singing. This year he sang his little heart out over the microphone. The whole gym could hear him loud and clear singing “You’d Better Watch Out” and “Frosty the Snowman”. Teachers and friends came up afterward to comment and say what a great voice he had. I thought to myself, “look how confident he is up on stage. He has really come into his own. And I need to continue to encourage that.” I really believe he was born to be a performer, and channeled in the right direction, will do great things with this gift. But, I also realized that by believing in him, I have to continue believing in myself and my abilities and strengths, and mirror that to my son. We all have gifts and talents to bring to the world. And we only feel truly alive when we do that. Sagging energy levels can take that away though, especially at this time of year with viruses, other holiday stresses, and the dark short days. What are your re-energizing tips to stay in balance for you and your family? Below are my 5 (and sometimes a 6th is added in, i.e. early afternoon power nap when I can manage it. 🙂

5 Tips to Re-Energize Myself:

1) Yoga and Meditation-20 to 30 minutes in the am. My favorite site is that a fellow friend, yoga teacher and special needs Mom told me about, but there are tons on You Tube. Check em out!

2) Zumba or a brisk walk outside (preferably morning for me, but sometimes right before the bus brings him home at 3:30 works too!)

3) Writing and journaling either through poetry or just writing down what you’re grateful for in that moment. Take five minutes a day and you’ll see the difference in your mood by the end of the week!

4) Curling up with a good magazine-I love Oprah’s O, Today’s Parent, a literary magazine, or a great nonfiction or fiction book, and a coffee or wine (or sometimes tea) and taking a half hour off.

5) Listening to relaxation or jazz music or singing while I do the mundane household chores. It sparks my creativity and usually I end up writing a slew of poems or working on another writing piece.

Whatever it is that charges you up, it’s important you take care of yourself in this way. A strong Mom is a strong child and family. I  And you want to send that message of love, hope and strength to your child and extended family. It’s only by living a whole live that you’re truly living, after all.

Until next time…

2 Inspirational Poems to Help In Re-Energizing Your Body, Mind and Soul


Why Inspiration is More Effective than Motivation; What Great Leaders ...of my favourite Inspirational Quotes . I love collecting Inspirational ...

Hi again Moms,

While doing the supper dishes tonight, my brain went into its usual free fall. I began thinking of my last post about things I do to re-energize and re-generate me. The 5 points were all valid, but I had forgotten to add that I absolutely LOVE inspirational sayings and poems. My house is literally abloom with them! Two of my favorites are the following. The first is a poem that Oprah loves and recommends all of us women especially put up on our bathroom walls to read first thing in the am. It truly has and continues to inspire me. The second one is a poem that Michael received in his catechism classes. It is up in my kitchen over my sink. Every time I am doing dishes I can read the beautiful words that remind me what I want myself and my family to stand for. Enjoy ladies, and remember, when love and joy are in everything you do, happiness and balance follow.

“Love After Love”


The time will come
when, with elation
you will greet yourself arriving
at your own door, in your own mirror
and each will smile at the other’s welcome,and say, sit here. Eat.
You will love again the stranger who was your self.
Give wine. Give bread. Give back your heart
to itself, to the stranger who has loved youall your life, whom you ignored
for another, who knows you by heart.
Take down the love letters from the bookshelf,the photographs, the desperate notes,
peel your own image from the mirror.
Sit. Feast on your life.
Derek Walcott


“In This Home”


We BELIEVE in living deeply,
Laughing often and loving
We BELIEVE we were
Brought together
To support and care for each other
We BELIEVE in celebrating
Our faith, our heritage,
Our traditions
We BELIEVE that everyone’s
Feelings count,
And that the uniqueness of
Each of us
Strengthens all of us
In the power of forgiveness to
And the power of love
To carry us through.
We BELIEVE in one another,
In this family
In this HOME
Author Unknown
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