We learn we can…

It’s crucial to set goals. We learn vital information about ourselves when we do. We learn to push ourselves, we learn we can, we learn our strengths, we also, learn our limitations and boundaries.

Goal setting is a healthy way to stay organized and give balance to your life; Whether it’s balance between work and home life, or balance within your mind, body, and spirit, it’s gives us a sense of duty and fulfillment.

10 goals for the week:

  • 1. Blog posts, blog posts, & blog posts.
  • 2. Writing two pages (even if it’s total shit) to my memoir
  • 3. Finish the poem I’m currently working on
  • 4. Finish Chalkboard project
  • 5. Visit two parks!
  • 6. Meal plan for next week. (I always seem to wait until Sunday, but it would be delightful to get ahead…just once).
  • 7. Take the bags (that are still sitting in my truck and have been for two weeks) to GoodWill.
  • 8. Wash our gigantic Comforter
  • 9. Finish redoing Work space/play area
  • 10. Yoga, Yoga, & Yoga.

Thanks to Stacey over at Stay at Home Mummy for inspiring this post! Check out her goal list this week: 12 steps towards simplicity I want to Achieve this Week

What are your goals for the week?

~The chance for growth is infinite!~ Georgia

Baby-Skin-Hanging-Out-Outfits

I can practically taste spring.  I’m getting excited for warm adventures.  And adorable spring outfits with all that “baby skin hanging out” as my mother-in-law says.

Baby-skin-hanging-out-outfits: 

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These outfits represent all the fun our family plans to have this spring and summer!  You can purchase outfits at Gymboree.com

~The chance for growth is infinite!~ Georgia

Milestone: 1 YEAR

Happy Birthday McKinley!

McKinley is truly an amazing daughter. I know I know…every parent thinks their child is amazing and wonderful and the best. But duh, if a parent didn’t feel like that about their children then I would be confused…possibly even concerned.

McKinley has grown into this free spirited little girl. My little hippie. Her heart is bigger than her body and her hugs sweeter than sugar. She is silly, funny, happy, and bright. Brilliant actually.

Watching McKinley’s growth has been soul changing. Life altering. Inspiring. Faith building. Empowering. The vocab list goes on, but every writer knows that telling you is one thing and showing you is another. I want to show you.

When I think of McKinley’s life, I think back to when my husband and I found out we were pregnant. McKinley was planned, after an unplanned pregnancy, and unfortunate miscarriage. To me, that’s when this adventure began. No matter what, if you are adopting, doing surrogacy, in vitro, etc… It’s a process. And in any given process you will find love and commitment.

I took the road less traveled by and it has made all the difference.

McKinley’s birth was a struggle, but a precious gift. 19 hours of labor, with some unforeseeable aftermath complications, and high levels of stress. Though, it was all worth it, because I met the most beautiful girl. That’s what life is all about. The struggles and sacrifices. And then, the gifts. Gifts of love, growth, and enlightenment. I’ll never forget seeing her wide awake eyes. It was, I swear, the most breath taking moment.

Here is a look back at some of those struggles and gifts:

Me Pregnant

Me Pregnant

McKinley's Born!

McKinley’s Born!

McKinley had Jaundice.

McKinley had Jaundice first week.

First Month : Smile

First Month : Smile

Second Month: McKinley holds head up

Second Month: McKinley holds head up

Three months: I graduate with Masters degree in Social Work (and first time failing board exam)

3rd month: I graduate with Masters degree in Social Work (& first time failing board exam)

That same month (3rd): we moved in with my parents.

Same month (3rd): we moved in with my parents.

4th month: McKinley pushes up, and my husband leaves his job.

4th month: McKinley pushes up! My husband leaves his job.

5th month: McKinley eats cereal & I create McKinleyMilestones Blog

5th month: McKinley eats cereal & I create McKinleyMilestones Blog

6th month: Dad starts law school & McKinley Sits up

6th month: My husband starts law school & McKinley Sits up

7th month: Mom fails exam again, but McKinley pulls herself to standing!

7th month: I fail exam again, but McKinley pulls herself to standing!

8th month: McKinley starts to teeth!!! & Mom quits her job (something she was committed to emotionally, intellectually, and physically since the inception of the business, because she helped develop it.- and still hurts to think about today)

8th month: McKinley starts to teeth!!! & I quit my job.

9th Month: McKinley meets Santa & Mom passes the board exam!

9th Month: McKinley meets Santa & I finally pass the board exam!

10th month: My father & Grandpa (Pawpaw) almost dies, then is diagnosed with Stage3B lung cancer.

10th month: My father & Grandpa (Pawpaw) almost dies, and then is diagnosed with Stage 3B lung cancer.

11th month: McKinley is practically walking! Dad does extremely well in law  school, is asked to be a TA and research assistant.

11th month: McKinley is practically walking! My husband does extremely well in law school, is asked to be a TA, and research assistant.

12th month: Dad gets internship/job at law firm. Mom gets published. McKinley walks.

12th month: Dad gets internship/job at law firm. Mom gets published. McKinley walks.

Through all of these hardships and accomplishments, my husband has been my rock, and McKinley my light. I love you both an insane amount.

The Road Not Taken

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim
Because it was grassy and wanted wear,
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I marked the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I,
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

-Robert Frost

~The chance for growth is infinite!~ Georgia

Definition: Family

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Family is powerful.  Powerful was the first word that came to mind, but the word power doesn’t come close to describing what a family truly embodies.

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When you type “definition: family into Google, “A group consisting of parents and children living together in a household,” shows up.  This is a crappy definition.

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Thefreedictionary.com defines family as, “A fundamental social group in society typically consisting of one or two parents and their children.”

Okay…starting to get warmer, but only because of the word: fundamental.

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A New York Times article asked parenting bloggers like myself to define family, and one responded: “Someone that loves you and someone who is there for you no matter what.”

Now we’re a lot warmer.

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How can one truly define Family?  Family is a pretty loaded concept with sub-unexplainable concepts attached, like love for instance.  Would you agree?   Yes, the blanket definition for family could be people coexisting together in a household but that doesn’t necessarily embody a “family.”  Even saying, “someone that loves you and is always there for you” doesn’t fully explain the concept. It touches on the fundamental part of family, sure, but explain?

Family is subjective.  In my opinion, defining a family in part depends on the existential experience of the individual and who they feel their family is.  Family is a concept people spend their entire lives trying to find, run away from, create, or expand. Sometimes families have nothing to do with biology, and other times families are bound and created by biology.



Families consist of people who love, support, challenge, and fight for you.  Family stands by your side. Family members advocate, teach, grow, learn, and accept one another’s differences and similarities.  And yet, somehow that doesn’t  100% sum it up 🙂

Special thanks today for all the people that love & support me.  My family.  I appreciate every one of you.

~The chance for growth is infinite!~ Georgia

How to: Maintain Motivation

Staying motivated can be tricky. There are however, simple methods to improve daily motivation. One method, and experts agree, is making your bed daily. Making your bed can drastically improve not only your motivation but also, your mental health. Imagine that. Really? A three minute task can increase motivation and lower stress? You should be saying, “sign me up.”

We’ve all been there–dragging ourselves out of bed on a dreary Monday morning. The last thing we want to do is make our bed. It seems silly right? To make our bed only to unmake it to sleep. It can seem pointless, but it’s not.

When you make your bed you are kick starting your mind and giving yourself momentum for the day. That is, when you wake up and make your bed, you’ve already accomplished something within the first five minutes of the day. So, it sets the standard for the rest of the day.

I’ve worked with clients in the past on this task and it drastically improved their motivation & stress levels.

See for yourself how a simple task, like making your bed can have a huge impact. Try it for seven days!

~The chance for growth is infinite~ Georgia