I grab my purse and toss it over my shoulder. I make sure the gate is closed so the dog doesn’t poop on the carpet. I step outside and panic for a second making sure I have my keys. It’s actually embarrassing how many times I have locked us out of the house.
My hands are full. Like, WHY am I always carrying 1002 things out the door. Most times, it’s a bottle of water, my superfood shake or a homemade iced coffee…or sometimes all 3! Because god forbid I leave the house without some form of hydration. I always carry water with me. Let’s face it, stopping at the store to get a drink is just whack.
I sit down and gracefully place all my drinks in their appropriate cup holders. I take a breath. We made it OUT THE DOOR! I’ve already won the day. Amiright?!
I make sure all the kids are sitting down and buckled up. It was an amazing moment the kids were all able to get themselves buckled on their own. That and putting on their own shoes. Game changing moments. Anywho. I slowly start rolling out of the driveway, and I hate to admit this, but before I even buckle my own seat belt, I put on lip gloss. Weird habit, I know but it happens every day!
Just as I’m safely buckled and tossing the car in drive, someone is already asking to turn up the radio or change the channel or wondering if we are gonna be late. [Speaking of late, I once always felt like I was 5 minutes late for LIFE…and then I realized saying that was creating more opportunity to be late. I now say this mantra: I am punctual and present and time is my friend! Guys. It works! Try it out!]
I calmly, sometimes calmly, manage to answer all their questions and get a song that everyone wants to jam to. And so begins a new day of mom taxi adventures!
I was always the mom who said, “I will never drive a mini van!” Well, I said that until I was pregnant with baby 3 and the realization of 2 kids in car seats and 1 in a booster hit me hard.
The day had come. Mini van time. And here we are, 8 years later, and I’m still rockin the mom mobile. With pride. And joy. I actually love it. And it makes the endless hours spent driving here and there a little more comfy and convenient.
So, each morning as I begin my taxi duties dropping 3 kids off a schools, I think back to my parents. They both worked full time out of the house, but still somehow managed to get us everywhere we needed to be. There are so many times I wonder how they did what they did. Full circle moments for sure!
And when my kiddos got bigger, they are now 14, 9 and 7, I felt totally overwhelmed on how to handle dance and karate and soccer and school and CCD and LIFE. There were many afternoons that called for me to literally be in 2 places at once…but I’m so thankful to have lots of great family and friends close by always willing to help. And there it was. That word. That feeling.
I realized I could complain my way through activities and keep saying how BUSY I was (sidenote, I loathe that word) or I could shift to gratitude.
If you take nothing else away from this, please take this and remember it daily…gratitude is the key to EVERYTHING!
I shifted my overwhelm of stress to an overwhelm of thanks…for having 3 healthy kids who are able to do lots of activities, go to school every day and spend time with their friends. Gratitude for having a career that allows me the freedom of TIME to be there for all of these moments. Gratitude for watching them do things they really love and enjoy.
All those hours spent in the car, they are hours of real life in this season we are in. They are moments for us to connect as a family, to talk about the day, to eat dinner out of ziplock baggies or even just sit in silence for a few minutes when needed. They are moments to sing out loud, take naps(jealous of that part) and just BE.
So tomorrow, when you make your way to your drivers seat, think about the opportunity you have on the open road in your mom taxi. The opportunity to LOVE and be present in the chaos! These moments may feel crazy, but they will surely be the ones we miss the most!
Much love, Ta xo
Badass workouts all ending with reiki and a guided meditation at the studio!
Speaking of Reiki: got a few private sessions available!
This Wednesday night, my amazing aunt Julie Clapp will be doing a reading in our studio!
We also have an awesome vison board class JUST FOR TEENS!
I am helping lots of peeps start their personal wellness journeys…you can be one of them!
And our NEW CLASS, Meaning-Filled Meditation is this Sunday at 6:30am…you get a few minutes of reiki and an intuitive reading from us for your highest and best!
Looking forward to connecting with you!