Archives for January 2015
|As much energy as she takes, she gives. Maurie Lu, I love you!|
I have a new love…YOGA. I feel like someone has been hiding yoga from me all these years. All the ladies 18 and up at my church get together monthly for an activity and this time a certified yoga instructor came to teach us healthy living and yoga. The instruction on healthy eating was a great reminder and I have been doing really well eating whole foods, but the yoga is what changed me. Somewhere between the downward dog and the guided meditation I forgot I had two children and a husband at home. I felt like someone had handed me a free bag of positive energy. I felt renewed and relaxed. For the first time in a long time I was breathing in the moment. My mind was calm and I didn’t think about anything in particular. I was very disappointed when another woman there tapped me and told me Cody was out in the hall with a crying baby waiting to speak to me. I felt like someone had interrupted something very important and I was anxious to get back. I wanted yoga to last a lot longer! I should have hugged the yoga instructor (she was awesome) for giving me this new gift.
So, yesterday, after eating a nutritious breakfast, I went to Walmart in search of a way to get that feeling back and loose the pregnancy flab. Walmart kindly had all that I needed in a center aisle on sale. At first I was a little bothered that they anticipated me and the masses making New Year’s resolutions to start exercising, but then I decided to just be happy it was on sale. =) I bought yoga-ish pants and shirt, yoga mat and three yoga DVDs. I would much rather join a live class, but for now while my baby is so young, this will work. My name is Lucy Bowman and I have a goal of being healthy. My definition of health goes far beyond loosing weight; I want to be whole in mind, body and spirit. I will be doing a post on my favorite healthy foods, supplements and exercises soon.
What do you do to stay healthy?
Eat your greens and move around!
|I spy a gigantic football in the background. Super cool!|
|Our tour guide and the holy field. Cool fact– when it snows, the team pays I think around 300 people to come shovel all the snow out of the stadium and onto the field to be pushed out the exit.|
|We went inside right after this because it was so cold!|
|The tunnel the players run out of.|
It has been a good break.
Mexican potluck and caroling with friends here in Wisconsin.
Delivering cookie plates
Christmas Eve seven layer bean dip and crackers and chicken salad
Jane got sick
New Years Eve pansit (traditional Filipino dish) I went to bed at 9:30 pm with the girls. Cody made it until midnight.
A day in Green Bay…tour of Lambeau Field–the home of the Green Bay Packers.
Although these are the things we did, the best part of the break for me was having Cody home for so long. Almost everything we did, we did together. While we were spending time together we talked a lot about goals we have for the coming year and in the future. We have dreams of owning a home and land soon, paying off school loans, being more prepared temporally and spiritually and doing more for others.
I had a day of daydreaming over the break too. I had some business ideas and discussed them with my brother. He encouraged me and I started to really look into it. That day I wasn’t attentive to my family and I saw a difference in the quality of the day. I am reminded time and time again that I need to focus on my family. It is really hard sometimes to delay my ambitions to care for my family, and I will continue to be reminded not to kick against the pricks. I have so many more things I want to do in my life, but I have found that when I push my agenda, life gets harder than it needs to be. Cody has said that if I am not stressed out with a full schedule I am not happy, but I can report that I have been doing very well being stressed out raising two little girls….just kidding…I am not always stressed out. In all seriousness though, I do feel like I am not doing enough being a mom. It sounds so terrible as I consider it, but I do feel that way. I have a Masters degree in English and I have not specifically used it as of yet. I keep telling myself that I will, but I still feel like I am letting myself off too easily. Can I do more? The honest answer is yes. I know I can do more because I did more when Jane was little. I was working, going to school, fulfilling my church calling, raising my daughter, helping Cody with his schooling and trying to fit in everything else somewhere AND I was STRESSED. I had a sore on my mouth (I know, gross. I thank Cody for that curse) every three months and went to bed with a migraine weekly; I was a mess most of the time and I was counting down the days when I could slow down and have some stability. So the other honest answer is no, I can’t do more. I choose to enjoy Maurie’s sweet tiny face and her smallest achievements, prepare healthy meals for my family, enjoy my hour of “quiet time” each day and be okay with writing on my blog as my publishing accomplishment. I will do all that I can do to accomplish my goals without sacrificing my best goal of raising a happy, healthy family and being happy and healthy myself. I hope that if there is a mom out there feeling like they are not enough, they will remember what really matters. The world doesn’t always value mothers, but that does not mean it is not important. Actually, there are a lot of important things that the world does not value anymore.
I’m sorry that I always start talking about being a mom, but that is what I am right now. Enjoy your day!
Jane and Maurie are sick.