Being Better


The last few months have been both crazy and amazing! With a move underfoot, a new studio opening (yay BKHT!!!!!!!), a totally new work schedule, a new school for my oldest daughter, and now already school ending, camp starting....what i mean to say is ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!

Which is exactly why it's taken me so long to get here to write a second blog post for my super shiny and new website. Sorry guys!

With all the change, has come a lot of growth, for both me and my family AND my career. Classes have been amazing! really amazing! and my daughter is flourishing and reading so much and engaged more than ever. Richie is happy here in Park Slope and Bar is her usual hysterical, ham of a self of course. In short, things are very good.

But with this change in life, compounded by the change in seasons, I try my best to be reflective, be thoughtful, slow down between all the rooster classes and pick ups and drop offs and paperwork and freelance writing and playlist making and food shopping and bath timing and evening class teaching.

It's easy to get caught in the speed of life. It's easy to be doing doing doing all damn day and in the end feel like not enough got done.

I find myself doing stuff, all day, thinking it's for my kids, but, the things they see and feel are different. I spend hours researching the right camps, emailing their teachers, running errands for them.

What they actually need though, is more walks to the playground after school, a stop at the frozen yogurt shop after dinner (local and organic of course! this is Park Slope you guys), a secret note under their pillow from the tooth fairy...

And those are the things I've lost. Being busy for them doesn't equal being busy with them. And as a mom who went from stay-at-home to full time working, there needed to be another shift in work-life balance.

As I get stronger and more comfortable as an instructor, I become more strong and comfortable in myself. It is an opportunity to be a better me, a better mom, a better being. But that shift only happens if I will it.

And these last few weeks I've really been making a big effort to be more careful and thoughtful with my time. I've done more pick ups than usual (my babysitter is amazing and easy to rely upon). I've taken them to the park more (that's where my tan came from for those of you who've asked). Gotten special juices on the way home (Bar is particular about her fresh squeezed orange). Allowed them to get chocolate chips on their yogurt (maybe hell did freeze over?!).

It is summer. And summer is time for fun. To slow down in the heat and cherish these beautiful days.

So here's to Summer 2015! Let's make it a really good one! A really special one! Filled with park days and frozen watermelon. K?!