1. Yesterday I had a startling realization. With Theo at school, all of the children still a home with me are NAPPERS! I have my nap time back to do whatevvvver I want! Throw ya hands in the air! Hey! Ho!
2. Are you good at small talk? At meeting new people? I try to push myself to be more outgoing than I really am, because I’ve discovered that most people really are nice. If they appear rude, snobbish, or unfriendly, 9 times out of 10 it’s because they are insecure, shy, or having a hard day! You would not believe the amazing conversations I’ve had just because I got over myself and struck up a conversation with someone. It’s not easy, and I’ve had plenty of misfires, but I’ve also made some new friends that way. I recently read this post about how to improve your small talk skills, and I think it’s spot on! Not only will this help you navigate conversations, it will help both you and who you are speaking to be more authentic.
3. This cartoon depiction of the difference between moms and dads taking their kids out in public made me laugh. (Especially the last one. I hate that question!)
4. I read this inspiration this week: “Never suppress a generous thought.”
I love that.
5. One keystone of this blog is honesty. Vulnerability.
I’ll be honest with you right now and tell you that it’s not easy. Being vulnerable opens me up to all kinds of comments, criticism, and worst of all – advice.
It’s so easy to see other people’s lives and instantly go into fix it mode or judgment mode or critiquing mode.
But I made a pact with myself to be real in this space. I want my readers to know that what you see is what you get. This isn’t a gussied up version of me. This is me. This is really my life.
I’ve also discovered, however, that for every unhelpful comment that my vulnerability inspires, it generates countless other people to reciprocate by being vulnerable themselves.
Wow. How incredibly powerful is that?
I’m not saying we have to share our deepest, darkest, truths with everyone. But I am here to tell you that on the other side of vulnerability is connection. And sure, you will have to wade through some stupidity to get there, but you don’t want to connect with those people anyways, right? So hang in there. Stay the course. Vulnerability matters because YOUR STORY MATTERS.
I hope you know that.
Happy Friday, morning doves. I’ll see you on Monday.