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Sacrifice because sometimes you have to

My greatest accomplishments are my girls. I am mindful of every decision I make for myself and their well being. I didn’t have much control during my high risk pregnancy or in the first few months of their lives as preemies in the NICU; those memories fuel me to be hands on in every aspect of their lives. Nutrition is a major part of that. I have not decided whether or not I am going to raise them fully vegan but I have started them off on a non dairy heavy fruit and veggie diet. I choose fresh or homemade as much as my time and energy allows. Lord knows my eating habits can be questionable. Trying to juggle a full time job and mothering twins while transitioning to a vegan diet is tiresome. I no longer buy meat for myself and I don’t have much processed food in the house so it’s either cook real meals or eat cereal lol. My grandmother has been a big help in meal prepping for the girls, but she doesn’t really get the idea of eating vegan. ” They need protein from meat, a vegetable, and a starch in every meal!” Those are her words every time she cooks and brings me containers full of ham, mashed potatoes, chicken all the grandma favorites. I have all this food but don’t really want the girls to eat it BUT it will make my daily routines and my wallet stress free. What would you do in a situation like that? I tend to sink to these low points where I feel like a failure if I cant stay on routine, or if I’m not feeding the girls as healthy as I can because I’m not prepared for the day. As I self reflect I realize that doesn’t make me a bad mother. I am not a hypocrite for trying to live a plant based lifestyle with cheat days here and there. It makes me Human. I just turned 26 and my new motto is “I’m not perfect nor do I strive to be” I will never be perfect with the many hats that I wear. What I WILL do is push through the exhaustion and try my best. In regards to my girls, as long as I’m not putting them in immediate danger I won’t beat myself up over certain things. My decisions with food and other aspects of their well being will be intentional. Will they always be aligned with my standard of living? No, but if I need to sacrifice in order to take 10 steps forward I will happily take a step back.

Because everyday can be wonderful.

-Leah

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F O T D S

Fear of the Double Stroller

I wouldn’t call myself a new mom because my twins are over a year old now but I still get a small dose of anxiety when it comes to traveling to new places with both of my girls. Part of it is me. I’m a planner by nature. I need to know how to get there, what the place looks like, will I be comfortable etc. Now throw in a double stroller and two 18 month olds and you have a crisis. I think most moms of multiples new and seasoned know the feeling I’m talking about.

I didn’t start experiencing this until I went through a period of being a single mom. Being the only parent in the house 24/7 was an eye opener. No more waiting for their dad to get off work to go run errands. The girls went where I went which changed the way I did everything. Simple tasks like having to get gas had to be done differently. I always use cash. I prefer not to swipe my card but with twins in the back seat I wasn’t going to leave them in the car in order to go pay inside. I had to start using my card. Getting groceries was a big challenge. How should I bring them in the store? Will both their carriers fit in a cart? I can just push the stroller but how am I going to fit all my items in the bottom of the basket. WTF, this isn’t going to work. That’s a normal conversation I would have with myself while trying to figure out how I’m going to run my errands. I am a very independent person who likes things done on their own time. The only way to figure it all out is to just do it. Trial and error. That’s what I did, it’s really not as complicated as I made it out to be. Returning home after every successful day out with the girls gave me so much confidence as a mom and as a woman in general. I can do anything and everything I want to do. Now a year and a half in the girls go just about everywhere with me. The bank, mall, grocery store, car wash, everywhere. One thing I have learned is to never underestimate the kindness of others. People help me before I even ask. When you put forth effort you are rewarded in the simplest ways.

Leah 1- the double stroller 0. No fear!

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Let’s just jump right in

” I been gone for a minute now I’m back with the jump off.” – LIL KIM

More specifically, I’ve been gone since February 9th 2016. That is the date of my last blog post. I can’t help but to laugh as I read it now. It seems as though I had it all figured out. I was confident that I could stay on a structured path of ” I got my shit together”. Little did I know there would be a roller coaster of events in the coming months that would teach me the power of adapting to what life throws your way. Nothing went according to plan. I fell in love, got pregnant with twins, high risk twins, and had an emergency C-section. I mothered my babies from the outside an incubator for their 3 month stay in the hospital’s NICU. I fell out of love, my body told me to stop eating meat, I randomly started getting eczema, I lowkey turned vegan, and eventually got my family back together. That traitorous journey has brought me back to the path I started on. I now have a new understanding of how I can truly live holistically. All while broke, tired, and with no time to spare. So come, take your jacket off and stay awhile. I have plenty to share, join the conversation.

Because everyday could be wonderful

-Leah

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Missing in Action

Hey wonderful ladies,

It’s been a good little minute since my last post. You could say I’ve been MIA. What have I been up to? Well I’ve been around, working long hours, going through writers block, and feeling uninspired. But I’m back and I’m better! I’m regaining my drive. Patience is not my strong suit. I felt as though I should have been getting a better response to my writing. I am learning that it takes time and the focus should be on owning my craft rather than recognition. Through that realization I have embarked on a journey to holistic living and self love. The two go hand in hand. I find that when you pay more attention to what goes in/on your body you develop a deeper appreciation for yourself. Know your worth! I alway say you can’t help others until you help yourself first. As I go through my holistic journey, I am focusing on 3 major areas: mind, body, and soul.

 Mind-Meditation has become a staple in my morning and nightly routine. Being self aware is very important. I handle situations differently when I have mental clarity. Less stress more progress. I am becoming more discipline. I have a schedule to adhere to. Exercise, cooking, meditation, and a little tv watching all need to take place in a short time frame before or after work.

 Body– I have always eaten pretty decent but now I am taking my diet very seriously. More raw clean eating and absolutly no processed foods. I eat organic as much as I can. I will slowly work towards becoming a pescetarian but for right now I’m taking baby steps lol but that’s only half the battle. when it comes to paying close attention our exterior we all know beauty products may be applied topically but they get absorbed into the skin and eventually the blood stream. It was Hard coming to this decision but if I am going to give 110% I had to go all the way. I have made the switch to only using all natural, non toxic, paraben free cosmetics. This includes makeup, nail polish, face, body, and hair products. The thought of giving way or trashing ALL my stuff was a little overwhelming but now I have a reason to shop and re up on a few things. With a little research I have a growing list of beauty brands who cater to the all natural consumer. In the end my skin will thank me.

 Soul– This is where everything comes together and the Self love starts to kick in. I am becoming a better woman from the inside out. All that I do is for me and no one else. Everyday is a “Me” day. I want to look to myself for validation instead of others. I believe that the universe rewards good behavior. I am learning to let go and and let God. I pray often and show appreciation for all my blessings.

So with that being said bare with me while I get my life and navigate through this new Journey. I will not be posting too much on here until i’m ready to present new works but you can follow me on twitter and instagram as I document my new holistic lifestyle. Lets all strive to glow inside and out, because everyday could be wonderful.

Leah   

 

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Birthday Reflection

Twenty three years old, age ain’t nothing but a number right? As we get older with every passing birthday comes a new stigma or sense of accountability that we must uphold. we read countless quotes saying “Your twenties are to be enjoyed, you don’t need to have your life figured out yet.” Yes that’s true to some extent but you can’t help but to worry about your future. Personally I feel great where I’m at in this stage of life. I have a clear direction of where I want to go and slowly but surely I’m making progress to get there. This past year has been an eye opener, the lessons learned are countless. As I reflect I can smile because I am learning from my mistakes. I no longer dwell in the past. I take the time to acknowledge my accomplishments. I love myself first; I can’t compare yourself to anyone else. Leah is just fine. I look forward to the blessings in my coming years. I am in my glow. What are some of the lessons learned or experiences that have shaped your 20’s?

because everyday could be wonderful,

-Leah

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Today’s reflection

Everyday Could be Wonderful

Don’t get comfortable being uncomfortable. It is very easy to become complacent with your insecurities and bad habits. We have these problems and chose to leave them alone. We allow them to trouble us, yet we have become numb to their effect. Don’t be lazy! Self evaluate ever so often and address any concerns head on. For me I have gotten comfortable with being anti social. I want friends now that I live in Virginia but I am not making the effort to hangout or connect with anyone. I know that part of the problem is that I am not 100% ok with getting around being that I just got my license. So I made it a point to familiarize myself with the area when ever I get a chance. I acknowledged my problem and took the first step to fix it. Sometime today think about what is a constant…

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what do you have to say?

hey ladies, I want to hear from you! I’m not just all talk I like to listen too. lol If anyone is interested in sharing their story don’t hesitate to contact me. I would love to put your testimony on the blog and share your experiences. We can definitely benefit from your words of encouragement. Send me an email (everydayswonderful@gmail.com) or comment what you would like for me to share, I look forward to hearing from you all.

Because everyday could be wonderful,

Leah