“Like a wildflower; you must allow yourself to grow in all the places people never thought you would.”

I found this pretty little flower growing in a crack in the sidewalk the other day and I had to snap a picture of it. Here this beautiful flower was growing in the most unlikely of places. How many of us are like this flower? Or rather, how many of us could be like this flower, but let outside influences keep us from thriving? This little flower didn’t need everything to be perfect to take root and grow. It found an opportunity, regardless of what the circumstances were, and grew.

How many of us are like this flower? Or rather, how many of us could be like this flower, but let outside influences keep us from thriving? This little flower didn’t need everything to be perfect to take root and grow. It found an opportunity, regardless of what the circumstances were, and grew.

So many of the things I’ve done in my life, I’ve had people ask me, “Well why would you want to do that?” Homeschooling, fitness instructor, event planner, making wedding cakes . . . quite literally all of these things I have done I have had someone say, “well why would you want to go and do a thing like that.” “It will be too hard.” “Why are you wasting your time?” If I hadn’t let go of my fear and doubt and made the decision to grow, even when all the odds were against me, I wouldn’t be the person I am today.

If I hadn’t let go of my fear and doubt and made the decision to grow, even when all the odds were against me, I wouldn’t be the person I am today.

I still have a lot of growing to do, but am grateful for the opportunites to be like that little flower and to look in the small cracks of life and grow.

Have you had moments where you’ve bloomed where you’ve been planted or have you let fear and self doubt keep you from becoming who you are supposed to be. You are capable of AMAZING things so go and plant yourself in unusual places.

Mental Shift Part 2

When I left you last, I wrote about the idea that we don’t need to send our kids to preschool, dare I say kindergarten. This idea is the first step towards the mental shift that can be very difficult to move towards. The next shift we need to make is the shift that we might not be smart enough to educate our children. So many of us, ESPECIALLY women, feel inadequate to teach our own children. Why is that? Who has told us that? And why do we believe it?

In our day and age, when the world is out to empower us all, do we feel so strongly that we can’t teach our strongly that we can’t teach our children? We have every available resource at our fingertips… literally! We have smartphones, tablets, computers, etc. and yet we fear we won’t be able to fill their minds with knowledge. We have been fed the notion that books can no longer be the teacher, that every ounce of education must be spoon-fed or they couldn’t possibly learn anything.

When I made the leap into homeschooling, I’ll be honest. I totally thought that I had to stand in front of my kids for 8 hours a day for them to learn anything. I was so wrong. I learned very quickly that this just wasn’t necessary. It turned out that direct instruction only needed to be an hour or two. I had started out micromanaging their education and it turned into frustration and tears for all of us. It wasn’t until I took a step back and realized that once they could read, the world opened up to them! They devoured knowledge and still do. Sometimes they need a little encouragement and maybe a little help to understand a concept and that is where most people, moms and dads, freak out.

Take a deep breath.

It’s going to be o.k.

No one knows everything. Teachers don’t know everything! SHOCKER!! I know!! But remember how I mentioned those awesome devices? This is where they can become so useful. You don’t have to know EVERYTHING! The inter-web is an amazing resource. Anytime one of my children wants to know about something or how something works, we turn to the internet. I literally go to Google, type in the question, and thousands of resources are available within seconds. Articles will pop up, titles of books to read on the subject will appear. I always have my phone on me and can type in our question or even ask Siri. It’s fabulous! What’s cool too is that my children aren’t the only ones learning. I get to learn right alongside them. And for those extra hard questions, there are online tutors. It’s darn right AMAZING!!! So now that I’ve addressed the issue of filling your child’s head with knowledge, we can let go of those insecurities.

The world would have you feel that you are not enough, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. Take a moment and say to yourself . . .

I AM ENOUGH! I AM CAPABLE! I AM AMAZING! And no one is more dedicated to your child’s success than you!

Now start believing it! Who knows your children better than you? You were given these special little people because they were meant to be yours and you have it within you to know exactly what they need to be taught. The trick is to make that mental shift, live it and know it.

So we have covered the mental shift of not sending your child to preschool or even “GASP” kindergarten and now just made the shift that we are capable and empowered to educate our kids. I can’t wait to share our next mental shift! Stay tuned!

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An Empty Cup

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Have you ever felt like a cup? Sometimes you feel like your cup overflows and other times you find your cup dry. Very, very dry. That was how I felt this last week, an empty cup with nothing more to give. I don’t tell you this to have you feel sorry for me. I’m sharing this with you because I have a feeling that I’m not the only one who has felt like this. Non-homeschooling moms can definitely feel like this! But as homeschool moms, we can tend to give every ounce of ourselves, not take the time to fill our cup and then wonder why we feel so drained. It’s in those moments that we need to realize it’s ok to take time for ourselves. For me this last week it was going to Café Rio, eating a GINORMOUS salad and then heading to Target just to wander and picking up a couple of cute strands of gold Christmas lights. It helps that my kids are old enough that I can leave them for a couple of hours to go and have some time to myself, but when my kids were younger my husband understood the importance of refilling my cup and would find those times for me to get out and do that.

I also know that the Lord is incredibly mindful of my needing filling. It seemed that at the moment when I needed it most, the right people texted me to let me know they were thinking about me. Do what you can to surround yourself with good people that lift you up. People that take the time to listen to that still full-cupsmall voice that says someone might be having a hard time, you should send them a message. After those simple moments that fill your cup, make sure to take a moment to pay it forward and do a small simple act for someone else and you’ll find your cup will be doubly filled.

Life is one big balancing act and with all we do we can find ourselves teetering on the brink of falling of the balance beam. Try and catch yourself before you find yourself falling and readjust. Call in reinforcements, let that last load of laundry go, order pizza for dinner, take a break from regular lessons and watch a movie with your kids (without a laptop or phone in hand), or go to Café Rio and target! Whatever you need to do, recharge! Take the time to refill yourself and you will find that you will be a better version of yourself in no time! So what do you do to refill your cup?

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