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This Season

April 1, 2020 in Uncategorized - No Comments

I keep thinking about the season we are all in right now.

It’s hard.

There are people who will lose their job, their businesses, and even their lives.

There are people who are fighting this from the front lines.  That are giving an unparalleled heroic effort to battle this.  Who are working long hours, with little to no resources, and doing good to keep their heads above water.

There are people who are struggling with isolation, with anxiety, and fear.

Everyone is struggling.  It’s heart breaking.

I keep asking myself though….

“Who do I want to be when this is all over?”

To be able to do that–it’s perspective.

We had to figure out perspective pretty quickly in our family.  One of the hardest things we’ve had to walk through as a family was Callie’s most recent open heart surgery.  We could have complained, lashed out at people who tried to help us or let ourselves slide into a pit of gloom and despair. We could have only focused on the negative, the hardship, the unfairness of it all. We could have easily taken offense or put up walls.  We could have been petty and played the comparison game.  We could have gotten overwhelmed by the cost, the grueling hospital stay, or the months of recovery.  We could have (and in all fairness, had a right) to throw a giant pity party.  Complete with streamers and balloons.

But that’s not our style.  Because perspective is everything.  We approached that situation the way we’ve always approach our life.

With grit and grace.

We chose to model for our daughter how you face a challenge in life–head on.  You don’t sit back and wait for things to happen to you–you make life happen for you.  We chose to open our arms up to all the help, love, and support from our community.  We were grateful for the small and grand gestures–kind words of advice, meals prepped for us, and a giant goody bag of toys.  We found tiny moments to laugh (James would write on Callie’s medication cups so I wouldn’t drink them accidentally.  “Poo Meds” and “Poo Poo Juice” were some of the more hilarious ones.)  We looked at each small quiet victory as a giant step in the road to recovery.  We modeled for Callie that the motivation, fire, and drive to get better came from within her.  I would never want to have to go through that time period in our life again, but I know now with certainty, that we can handle anything life throws at us.

I’m reminded of that same feeling now and how important perspective is.

We all are going to go through this.  No matter what.  No one will be able to escape it’s repercussions.  This virus will touch each and every one of us in some fashion.

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The question will be–how will you go through it?

Will you be building memories with your family?

Will you be hustling to provide another way to earn an income if you’ve lost your job?

Will you be taking this time to slow down and re-focus on what’s truly important to you?

Will you be thankful that you can work from home?

Will you be spending more time cooking family meals?

Will you spend more time improving yourself–spiritually, mentally, physically?

Will you spend this time writing that book, learning to paint, practicing sign language, or finally figuring out how to play the guitar?

Will you be grateful for all that you do have?

Will you come out of this stronger, faster, more centered, and better than before?

Our little family is choosing to ground ourselves in gratitude.  Practice joyful living daily.  Look for ways to give back to others and support small businesses during this time.  Belly laugh often.  Move our bodies every single day.  Continue to be the light in the world.

Rose colored glasses fully engaged.

Your perspective will either be your prison….or your passport through this hard time.  You get to decide.

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Jaime

Hi everyone! Thanks so much for stopping by! My name is Jaime! Wife to my better half, James, who is my moon and all of my stars. We are parents to our little warrior princess, Callie Grace. We started this blog to share our journey as we navigate through our crazy beautiful life. Callie is a lower limb amputee and I am a Type One Diabetic. We are hoping to change the face of beauty one step at a time! We hope by sharing our story, you leave with a little bit more inspiration and hope! Thank you so much for stopping by and joining our tribe!

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Hi Y'all! I’m Jaime, a proud working mama, author, girl boss and wifey to an ultra-adorable husband. I am a huge book nerd, I drink coffee like my life depends on it, and run on dry shampoo and Amazon Prime. Leopard print is my favorite color. I am a story teller at heart and this blog is a virtual scrapbook of our crazy beautiful life. I'm a Type One Diabetic and our little warrior princess Callie is a lower limb amputee. By sharing how we’ve chosen to flourish in the garden we’ve been planted in, we hope you can take some small nuggets of hope, inspiration, and laughter. We are so grateful that you’ve found us—welcome to the fam. We embrace our perfectly imperfect lives and don’t let the doctor’s appointments, spreadsheets, speaking engagements, 10th birthday parties to plan, housework or date nights overwhelm us. Those things are just the beautiful reminders of all the blessings in our lives. Read More

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