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dear daughters … as you begin the school year

[ art & photo cred: my 8 year old ]

I may have missed the memo that we could walk our kids into their classrooms this morning, so mine stumbled out of the carline with loaded backpacks and confused looks, but I am giving myself grace and know that in the end, I’m not perfect, neither is any other human and it’s all going to be okay. And my kiddos made it just fine. We are in this together. 

I am sure some of you parents can relate to this and please know I am sending love, light and all the high vibes to you and yours as yet another school year is upon us!! and teachers, we love you, appreciate you and I don’t know how you do it but I’m sure glad you do!! 🙂

I wanted to share this letter I wrote to my babies… who are not so much babies any more – first and third grade — and my intention and prayer is that one day they’ll appreciate this even more than they do today. And sharing because I hope it pulls your heartstrings as we kick off another school year. CHEERS!

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Dear My Beloved Daughters:

Today you began another adventure. Another adventure, that in your eyes, may seem like the biggest one yet.

You will walk the halls of a school that is familiar but yet that you do not know exactly what to expect. Your little bodies carried a load of school supplies in your brand new backpacks that I honestly don’t know how you managed without falling. But you are stronger than you think. And if you did fall down, and I didn’t see it, it’s okay. You always get back up. I believe in you. 

Always remember that you have a choice. Let your newly sharpened pencils be a reminder… you can always choose to write a new chapter and a new story.

You have new teachers this year. To love you, teach you, encourage you. Appreciate them, my loves, because they don’t do this job simply for a paycheck. They pour their hearts and souls into their positions and we are ever so grateful.

You will make new friends and be comforted by old friends. These friends will teach you how to love, how to let go, how to laugh and you will learn to look into others as a reflection of yourself so you can grow continuously. As time ticks by, you may drift from certain friends. And that’s okay. Some people are not meant to be in your lives for a lifetime, but simply a season to teach you. And vice versa. I want you to know and remember is that you are enough and to always BE YOU. BE TRUE to yourself and everything else will work itself out.

And please be kind to everyone, for you may have no idea what they’re going through. Be the girl who welcomes the new kid and picks up the fallen lunchbox. But don’t take any crap or lose yourself in the process. You are strong and capable and worthy. No matter what life throws your way. BE BRAVE. Stand up for yourself always. And if the opportunity is there, speak up and stand up for those who don’t have the courage to do so themselves. We rise by lifting others. 

You have new schedules & classrooms. Take comfort in this space, but know that life is ever-changing and your spaces will be familiar and then they won’t. Ride the waves and enjoy the changing tides. You got this.

External things do not define you. Not your clothes, your shoes, your hair. Neither do those test scores. BE CONFIDENT, do your best, forget the rest and I’ll love you and be proud of you regardless. Nothing is the end of the world except the end of the world. 

You will go through some tough stuff. You will have moments where you doubt yourself and you’ll have moments where you feel like you could fly. I want you to know that you can. You can do anything you put your mind to. I don’t say that just because I am your mother, I say that because I believe it down deep in my soul. We are all capable of anything we set our minds to. If we are 6 or 86. Believe it. And go for it!

I hope you never lose the wonder and excitement that you feel at this moment. Laugh often and try not to take yourself too seriously. We are all goofy and awkward and have no idea what we’re doing half the time. Surround yourself with people who make you laugh and who accept you and all your goofy glory! 

Forgive others and forgive yourself. No one is perfect and empathy and compassion make a big difference in this life.

As you grow and make your way through the years of your precious life, I want you to know that I will be here for you. I will cheer you on. I will lift you up. Even when you make mistakes. Even when you aren’t perfect. Even when you’re human. Because guess what…. We all are. This life is yours to live and I know in my soul of souls you are going to soar.

I want you to know that you can feel happy, sad, angry, mad, surprised, frustrated, disappointed, over the moon, in love, all the things. And they are all OKAY. I want you to know that you can feel through these things. Those moments of worry. Those tough times. The heartbreaks you will no doubt as a human endure. Just don’t let them define you. And don’t stay stuck in them. You are glorious. Celebrate the good and move through the not so good. Raise your hand when you need help and have the courage to admit when you do.

Know that your feelings matter. Your story matters. You matter.

And I will be by your side always…

(well, except for the mommy-fail this morning when I didn’t realize I could walk you in on your first day.) But my darlings, I will make many mistakes over the years (as we all will) and I hope you always know how much I love being your mommy, how proud of you I am and how much I love you. 

Enjoy the ride this year, loves. 

– Mommy

2019-20 School Year

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