Fresh Starts & Being Easy on Ourselves.

September 20, 2018 1 min read

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For many of us — perhaps especially if you have kids in school, or an affinity for fall —, September is the perfect time for a fresh start. I wrote recently about my fresh exercise start after a summer of indulgence!

Whether it is the new calendar year, or a new school year, milestones offer a great chance for fresh starts. I think it is a fantastic time to dream about what will be different, what systems can change & improve, and how to begin well.

But here we are, mid-way through September, and I want to offer another thought:


Be easy on yourself.


It is entirely possible that your new year-new you-new life best intentions have begun to reveal their cracks. Maybe systems have failed already, or your diligence about daily habits is waning. And I want to say, it’s o.k..

It is O.K. !

We are o.k.. :)


Be gentle with yourself today (and every day). Shopping ethically, eating healthily, flossing your teeth, exercising daily, teaching your kids responsibility … whatever it is that you are trying to do and have already “failed” — you have not failed.

Every day is a chance for a fresh start, a chance to change habits, make intentions happen, etc. But also, every day is a chance to be kind with yourself, do your best, try again, hold your head high.

You’re doing a good job.



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Mary Boerschig
Mary Boerschig

September 12, 2020

I do look forward to Saturday to read you messages,I am sure there are many others like me. Your new table runners are just as pretty as my blanket! That will be next purchase for my dresser! The work you do with those ladies are so heart warming. You have a big heart! Please keep your hard work,you are doing God’s Work! God Bless You,your family and our workers!

Carla
Carla

September 22, 2018

Wonderful advice and so very true!

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