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Up and down the see-saw goes, with my 2 year old giggling at the other end.

The sun in her hair, not a care in the world, she’s completely present in the moment, enjoying the swoosh of the see-saw as it throws her up into the air and with a gentle thud, back down to earth.

It reminds me of life. Life as a mum, life as an author and business owner, and life as a friend, sister, daughter and wife.

When business is up, generally the housework is down. Or when you’ve spent the last week working into the night on your newest client’s work, you may have forgotten it was sports day at school, and bustled your child out the door in the wrong uniform.

The reality is, life is busy, so it’s about putting techniques in place to enjoy the ride. Embrace the swoosh, the excitement of heading up, and the little flip in your stomach as you come back down.

Stop fighting the flow, start embracing the energy it brings.

Be in the moment

You’re at the local park with your children, they’re happily playing, so it’s very easy, even addictive, to keep checking your phone for the next email that’s about to drop into your inbox.

However take a moment to enjoy the moment you’re in.

Look at the flowers that have come into bloom, take in the expression on your children’s faces as they play chasings, focus on the sun glistening through the white clouds, breathe deeply, and feel grateful for the blessings in your life.

Celebrate the wins

I remember when the first printed copy of my book arrived by courier from my publishing company. My mobile was ringing, I was shoving goggles and towels into bags for swimming, and it was thrown on my desk, as I slammed the door behind me, to make it to the lesson in time. When you’re trying so, so hard to succeed in life… building your business, raising your children, remembering birthdays, play dates, and the myriad of responsibilities that come with the motherhood territory. Often the wins are overlooked, as you strive towards your next goal post.

However it’s important to stop, crack a bottle of champagne, or at the very least pat yourself on the back, and say well done, you did it!

Don’t forget your inner child

Sometimes the weight of deadlines and responsibilities can feel heavy, even exhausting. The running around, and the endless to-do list can be very stressful. So look for opportunities to embrace your inner child. Turn up the music after dinner and enjoy an impromptu dance party, your kids will love you for it. Lay on the trampoline and make animals out of the clouds. Order pizza, and eat dinner picnic style in the backyard. Enjoy the whimsy, easy laughter, and delight these moments bring.

Like a two-year old, enjoy the rhythm of the ups and down.

They compliment each other like a cupcake and frosting. And when life feels heavy, take a breath and gently push off the earth again, before you know it, you’ll be soaring.

Do you find sometimes your life is too busy to just stop and be in the moment? Please share your thoughts in the comments below.

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  • Yes sometimes we need to remember to enjoy the here and now.

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  • I think I’m getting better at enjoying the moment the older I get.

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  • I like to think I’m getting better at being in the moment. As my only teen son grows, I long for when he was younger and a baby. I want more time. So yes, I do try and be in the moment as much as I can.

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  • I always live in the moment and enjoy each thing which comes along.

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  • I used to be overwhelmed by life in general, especially since having my daughter, all the extra worry of another little person to care for. But since she has grown up (ok so she’s only 3.5 but you know what i mean), I have learnt to just take each day as it comes and not sweat the little things. Her gorgeous nature and can-do attitude is super infectious so its hard not to follow suit :)

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  • Am making more fun in life at the moment and it’s making the kids and me happier so it’s worth it :)

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  • Very important indeed ! My 2 year old helps me with that by pulling me over the floor and starting to wrestle me, giggling in my ear, trying to kiss me but just licking my face instead :)

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  • Thank you for an informative article!

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  • My Mum put my Winter uniform in the wardrobe without ironing it. Her Auntie had just suddenly passed away, less than 2 hours after my Mum left there. Her Auntie who was 80 came to live with us and needed special care, especially the first few weeks. During that time I went down with a bad virus and was confined to bed too. When I went back to school we went into Sunner uniforms.
    The beginning of Winter the next year, I automatically put my Winter uniform on. She thought my uniform must have fallen down in my wardrobe and got creased. That afternoon after I came home from School, Mum suddenly realised that my uniform may not have been pressed. It had pleats in the front.

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  • Thanks for your inspiring words – they will come in handy over the next few months of hoping.

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  • We should never forget our inner child indeed. Growing up I find it more difficult, but I try. I love when I have reading moments with my daughter (that is now 13 years old) when we draw or do some colouring in together, when we play imaginative games. We shouldn’t take life too seriously. We should indeed find the time to relax and enjoy the present.
    Thanks for this inspiring article! :-)

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