Blog: Momhood

Life is Beautiful. I love serving the world by capturing beautiful family memories, encouraging others to believe in life’s greatest possibilities, and inspiring others to realize their full potential. Everyone has a story... make it a beautiful one.  

Finding the Miracles in the Everyday

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about miracles and how miracles happen everyday right in front of us but if your like me, I get so caught up in the everyday production that life just gets the best of me.

Over the past weekend, I really took a step back to find the miracles in my life.  I have a beautiful family that we are able to create memories together like taking our boys to the newest and greatest trampoline park zip lining and making the daily bounce tracker get to a thousand jumps, or playing in the snow in a middle of a snow storm.

Watching Ethan as he watched the NBA all star game with pure intent and Nate getting creative with play doh.  My husband teaching Ethan how to read or Nate singing his favorite bedtime songs.

Our bodies are miracles.  To think how I brought two beautiful humans into this world to watch grow up every single day.  How I have the ability to run and workout and watch my body change for the better every single day.  How our brains are miracles.  I have been really giving my brain some love lately as I focus on the good it provides for me to think and live rather than think about the negative feelings or anxiety that it can create.  It’s beautiful brain.

My father has been in the hospital for almost a month going from almost to dying to recovering.  This is a miracle.

Simple miracles like a compliment, breathing, nature, reading a book just at the right time that gave you the answer you were looking for, taking an accidental detour on a street you normally take perhaps its a detour to get you out of danger.

How can we be more mindful of the everyday miracle?

1. Take a minute several times a day and look around you where ever you are.  Find the miracles in that moment.  If your at a grocery store, find the miracle of the food that is being provided for you to buy.  Or if your at the park with your kids, the miracle of your kids playing or the beauty that surrounds you.

2. Take one thing at a time and slow down.  We get so caught in our mile long to do lists, we get caught up in making sure every single thing on that list gets done in one day.  Take one thing at a time and if it doesn’t all get done in a day… Who cares.

3. Serving others.  Doing random acts of kindness like a smile or compliment to others can be a miracle for someone.  Maybe you were an answer to someone else’s prayer today.

4. Do things that make you happy everyday. Do those things that make you happy everyday. For me working out, turning on my favorite music, personal development, or enjoying your favorite healthy snack can help you stay positive throughout the day and can help you be more mindful of those everyday miracles.

5. Gratitude.  At the end of the day be grateful for those miracles that happened throughout the day.  Write them down in your gratitude journal and just be grateful for those things that came into your day.

Right now take a look around you, what miracles do you see?  Take pieces of moments out of your day to find those simple beautiful miracles.  They are the beautiful moments of life.

Be Awesome,

Amber

Taking Consistent Action with Living a Healthy Lifestyle

What does being consistent mean?  Consistency is an act the is done over time.  And to be honest staying consistent takes some dedication, a willing mindset, and to be willing to do hard things especially when it comes to keeping up with kids schedules and all the other things all the while keeping consistent with living a healthy lifestyle.

Since having 2 kids that have blessed me having to keep myself in check mentally and physically everyday, I have had to make healthy living a priority in my life. Keeping things consistent in the beginning is not easy, but being able to have the mental toughness to get through the beginning stages is absolutely the fight.

Today, I will be sharing some ideas that have helped me stay consistent along the way and keep my mental toughness to keep going even when I didn’t want too.

1. Set up your routine when you know when you will do it every day.  This is key to success.  Set aside the time and at the SAME time everyday. This has been my number one from the beginning.  Getting in my routine in at the same time everyday.  It really helped me stay focus and in keeping a consistent time of day everyday, has allowed my kids to know when it’s mom’s time so if they decide not to take naps… they know when mom works out.

2. Do the things even when you don’t want too.  Yes do it even when you don’t want too.  These are the days I find I need it the most.  I’ll do it even when I am sick as long as my body will allow it so I don’t get off track.  Plus it always has helped me recover much faster.

3. Be patient with yourself.  There will be days you feel like you could have done better or you felt like you failed and thats okay!  Do not allow uncontrollable circumstances or failures get you down… try again, tomorrow is a new day!

4. Focus on the process.  If you focus to much on the results in the beginning, your just setting up yourself for failure.  I would get up on the scale and be the same weight a month later and start crying… whats the point right?!  The point is its a process.  The point is to keep going because results come with time.  It took time for the weight to come on, so it will take time to come off.  Taking consistent action every day is key.

5. Find a routine you love and stick to it.  For me, I used to a gym rat but to be honest, after having kids working out at home has really helped me be more consistent with working out.  I found a set of programs that I love doing so much and have given more than just results physically, but have changed me mentally as well. If you do what you love, you’ll do it more often!

6. Don’t let your past self define who you are becoming.  Don’t allow your negative self talk get the best of you. your negative self will only try to get you to make excuses of why you CAN’T even though you CAN!  Don’t allow your past thinking define who you are trying to become because that person doesn’t want you to become better or feel better…so punch those thoughts in the face right away.

Keep going and know that taking action everyday will give you the results you want over time.  Once you get there, I promise you it is such an awesome feeling you have come so far and you will start setting even bigger goals for yourself.  Keep reaching higher.

Be Awesome,

Amber

 

 

Walk through life confidently

Confidence: The feeling of self-assurance arising from one’s appreciation of ones own capabilities.

Some times walking through life with confidence can feel so uncertain.  their can be times in our life where we feel inadequate or allow our limiting beliefs get the best of us.  We allow ourselves to compare to other people that can put a huge damper in our own self-assurance on measuring how we are doing in our life.

To walk confidently through life means giving up those fears, doubts, insecurities, inadequacies, and stop with comparison game.

Ways we can walk confidently every day:

1. Show up everyday no matter how hard or if it feels like no one in watching. Keep going.  The truth is, you never know who you are secretly helping or being an example to through the things you say or do.  This goes for anything, social media, blogging… etc.

2. Stop beating yourself up and give yourself a little grace. Confidence is having faith and showing yourself a little love during the seasons of life that seem to be going a little bit more slower than expected or things seem to be not turning out the way you expected.  Keep your head up high and have faith that everything is working out the way it should be.  The season your in might be a learning experience for you.

3. Do something everyday that stretches you and makes you stronger.  It can either be mentally, physically or both, but doing something that makes you stronger everyday is key. Read a book that with stretch your knowledge, or a workout routine that will stretch you physically.  giving yourself a little more stretch each day can be a big confidence booster.

4. Loving yourself unconditionally is a huge step in walking through life confidently.  If you learn to love yourself, you will learn to love life and others.  Affirm  yourself everyday that things you do are worth the hard work.  Affirm those things you want to feel everyday like joyful, or grateful.  There are limitless of possibilities but makes sure that they words that make you feel good when you say them.

5. Serving others can give you a great confidence boost.  Doing a small act of service like putting a kind note on someones car or doing something big like a service project.  Doing something good for others can really make you feel more confident about who you are.

I love this from Jen Sincero, “This moment is a vital part of a whole life that I am creating. What I chooses to do in this moment defines who I am and how I show up in the world. I’m dedicated to creating an extremely awesome life for myself, so I’m taking this moment seriously, getting the hell on it, and staying in excited expectation of the stupindouse hurtling toward me.”

Show up.  Create the life you dream of.  Stay confident no matter what.

Be Awesome,

Amber

 

 

Power of Being Brave

The power of being brave.  What does brave really mean?  According to Google dictionary, brave as an adjective means ready to face and endure danger or pain, showing courage.

Maybe brave isn’t about enduring pain everyday, BUT it could mean doing hard things, getting out of our comfort zones and doing things that we know that scare the crap out of us.

Bravery can happen all throughout our daily lives.  Being brave to quite that job to stay home with the kids.  Being brave to start a new.  Being brave doing something new in our lives that has so many unknowns like starting a new business.

Brave maybe working towards a goal that people try to talk you out of because its a silly goal, but you do it anyways.  Being brave may mean you stand alone sometimes, but you know that what you are doing is the right thing to do.

My brother recently enlisted himself into the Navy.  For me that is pure Bravery!  To serve our country in ways that I could imagine myself doing.  Although he is my youngest brother, I look up to him for making the decision and doing a hard thing… something I wouldn’t have the mindset to do.

Bravery was when I was diagnosed with Gestational Diabetes With my first son.  I had to overcome fears, prick myself daily to ensure the health of me and my baby.  I had to overcome weakness when I was brought in for an emergency c-section and had lost so much blood to the point I have severe anemia in the hospital.  I had to get over the idea that someone else’s blood would be transferred into my body… but It was a life or death situation.  I knew i was supposed to be there for my baby.

Bravery was when I was diagnosed with sever anxiety and live with it every single day.  Bravery is seeking help and allowing this weakness to become my daily strength even when it allows me to get myself down on my confidence and self worth.

Bravery was when I quite my job to work from home .  That was brave.  So many unknowns working for yourself, but I have learned so much about myself that I know that even it was a huge decision and not every day has been easy,  I’ve learned to get out of my comfort zone just a little more each day and push myself a little more out of the comfort zone.

Bravery equals strength.  The strength to endure through those hard things.  To find the blessings in the everyday and to be grateful.  To love yourself and not compare yourself to others. Overcoming the challenges of life and to learn to be strengthened by them rather than feeling defeated.  That is what bravery means to me.

Today be brave even when it may seem hard.  Find the strength to endure and find the bravery within. you never know what your beautiful life has in store when you have the power to be brave.

Be Awesome,

Amber

 

 

Friday Photo Tip 02.01.19: Motherhood through the lens

It was only fitting that today’s Friday Photo tip would be about capturing motherhood because this beautiful mama gave birth to her precious little Hazel!

Capturing motherhood is such a beautiful thing to photograph wether you photograph your own life or you photograph clients motherhood moments.  For me, its about capturing the intimate moment.  A special moment of a mother with her child, a family laughing and playing together, or a moment of snuggles.

Capturing the raw special moments speak volumes and tend to tell a story of moments that were captured to be remembered for a life time.

I will tell a family to pretend like I am not even here at the beginning of a session.  I want them to feel like they can be themselves because that is when the best beautiful moments take place.

And for a motherhood tip for you,  I ask this beautiful mama what she valued about motherhood:

“I think the privilege of watching these little people that I created become their own person with personalities and preferences that they get to pick.  And that I get to eat all of their leftover chicken nuggets.”- Courtney

Be Awesome,

Amber