"Let me love you, until you learn to love yourself"
I am such a fan of R&B. The rhythm and soul within the music just gets me every time. Ne-Yo has been no exception and I have loved every single one of his songs that he has released. I am a complete 'pro' at Sexy Love on the singstar let me tell you. When I heard his new song "Let me love you' I couldn't help but groove. I swayed my hips, I tip toed and I fist pumped. It has everything a good song needs to get me pumped. It has an awesome build up at the start and then when that chorus hits...it is party time. I listen to this song every day, at least 4 times a day...literally. It is my kids FAVOURITE! They bop, they twirl, they clap, they sway and most of all they laugh! It has become a favourite in the kindy room and a before bed time ritual.
This song just makes me so happy. I guess because it has helped the kids and I to really bond. We forget the toys and the games and just put this song and dance. The laughter that fills the room when this song is on is just priceless! It warms my heart more than you will ever know. I love the lyrics..."Let me love you, until you learn to love yourself" I realised this is what I do every day! This is one of my motto's that I put high on the list in my job! I did as a nanny and do now as a day care provider. I love them. I cant offer a lot ,but boy do I love them! No matter what happens, no matter what they do, I will love them and show them that even though they are away from mum and dad for most of the day, they can trust me and I will love them. I am their biggest cheerleader. I will teach them to love everything about themselves and no milestone is too small to not be celebrated. I fist pump and high five my kids all day long, showing them and teaching them love.
Lets get the party started this week and listen to some awesome music! Head on over to my beautiful best friends page and 'link up' with us! Perfect way to start the week
The 25th of October was I Heart My Body day put forward by We Heart Life and celebrated by women everywhere. I get excited for I heart my body day. My twitter, instagram and blog roll is filled with inspirational women telling their story. Taking photos, sharing words and over coming fears. Women all around the world are standing up to pop culture and saying hey look at me...I am beautiful. If you ever have a bad day you need to go and read these beautiful women's stories. The inspiration you get from their stories will just warm your heart. Each year I get inspired, I get teary eyed and I get pumped. I am secretly fist pumping every women from behind my computer screen and cheering for them for just simply being themselves and being amazing. This year I joined in. I took 2 photos and 2 photos only. No make up, no cover, just me.
I don't, however, have a story. I'm not a mum. I haven't carried
children in my body. I haven't overcome a huge obstacle in my life. I'm
just me. 26 years old. Happy and healthy. I guess that's my story. I'm happy. I have no problem what so ever with my body. I've been very
blessed and I have never had any body issues growing up. My
body is not 'flawless', it is scarred and has been hit by the effects of puberty and growth but
I still love it. My hips are covered in stretch marks from a crazy quick teenage growth spurt, I have a large scar on my stomach from where I had a tumor removed. My face is constantly breaking out, making me look like a pubescent teenager. These are my features. These are my 3 to choose, to highlight, to celebrate. They are who I am and they make my body mine. I'm my own perfect.
At times I do fall into the social trap of thinking it is unacceptable.That I should cover them up and pretend they aren't there. Why? If I feel comfortable in a bikini at home then why shouldn't I feel comfortable in a bikini in public! Its just a mark, its just a scar. It doesnt effect how I feel about you, how I will treat you or how I will act. If you look at my body and cringe and think 'I would never be seen in public showing those flaws' then I pray for you. I hope one day you learn to look beyond the markings on our bodies and look into the eyes of people and see them for who they are and not what they look like.
Stretch marks. scars, saggy skin, 'flabby' tummies. Embrace it, love it, enjoy it. I love feeling free and not worrying. Be confident in your own skin. It doesn't define you, so do not let it hold you back. If you love yourself and are at peace within yourself this will shine and radiate through your eyes and I promise, I absolutely promise, that this is what everyone will see...not the stretch marks or scars.
Today is not I Heart My Body day but I delayed my blog for a purpose. Shouldn't every day be "I heart my body day"? Go on...look at yourself in the mirror and be proud. You don't have to post it on social media but do it for yourself.
Look at your body. Love your body.
After all, it is the case that holds together your beautiful heart and your precious soul.
She is now 18 months old and is bringing us so much love and happiness every day. Who knew a bird could bring so much joy to our family.
Her favourite time of the week is shower time! I take her in the shower with me most days but only twice a week do I allow her to get right under the water and have a full bath!
Nice and fluffy after her blow dry!
She loves fresh fruit and vegetables mixed with a couple of nuts. Yesterday I discovered she loves rice so I will start giving her some every time we eat rice at dinner. Whenever I eat a piece of fruit she always gets a bit of that as well. Shes not a big eater...she'll graze a bit but then get over it. She is completely obsessed with her parrot mix I give her so I'm happy that it gives her everything she needs.
We love taking her on walks and bike rides. She just holds on and takes in the world around her. I always ride very slow and its a nice bonding time.
We love our Ruby girl...We couldn't imagine life without her!
This is her latest video of her talking! She talks ALL day long! We have never trained her, this is purely from listening to us!
Parents, today I want you to look, to listen, to touch, to hug and most of all to cherish. Today, more than yesterday, but less than tomorrow, I want you to look deep into your children's innocent eyes and tell them you love them. I want you to listen to every single cry, whinge, laugh and word. I want you to touch their little ears, their soft skin, their gentle hands, their little toes and their beautiful lips. I want you to hug them. Hug them harder then you have ever hugged them before but most of all I want you to cherish them. Cherish every second you get with your little soul. This beautiful person standing in front of you that you created, that you have raised, that you have loved. Cherish every single moment. You, my friends, have a little miracle standing in front of you and you are one of the luckiest people alive to witness this special gift.
Today is hard. Every day is hard, but today is harder. Today it's spoken about, it is promoted on social media and today we are reminded that we can not hold them, touch them, listen to them or hug them. I'm not going to say that it's going to be easy, I'm not going to say for you to be strong, because today is hard and it's ok. Today, with you, we remember them.
Today we remember our angel babies. Our angel babies who are in heaven looking down on us, watching us, loving us and protecting us on our journey. Today I light a candle and pray with all my heart for their parents. I pray they know we are here for them, lifting them up with our support in their darkest days. Just like this flame, their memory will be a sparkle in your eyes, and in your hearts forever.
Today I light this candle for Sophia, Emelia, Allanah, Liz and Liam.
After work Rob and I headed out to meet our dear friends gorgeous new baby boy. Oh man I was mush! What an absolute sweetheart he was. His beautiful long fingers, his dark eyes, his baby soft skin, his little perky lips. Everything about him just melted my heart and I instantly fell in love. We are so very proud of our friends and Master Isaac is a very lucky boy to be brought into such an amazing, loving and supportive family. We cant wait to share their journey with them. Congratulations John, Elisha and Jordy. We love you!
I have the greatest job in the world! In the first weeks I was excited for my home life to improve. Oh lord has it improved! I have more me time, us time, family time and friend time. This, my friends, is more important to me than you will ever know. This week however, the beauty of my job really spread its wings. I started noticing the little things that made me remember why I truly love my job. I don't have multiple degrees. I don't earn a 6 figure paycheck. I don't get awards at fancy dinners. What I get to witness and experience beats all of these things combined and makes me the luckiest girl in the world.
This happens...and my heart melts...
I am a childcare worker. In my own home. I care for, nurture, encourage, support, guide, teach and most of all love 4 little souls every day. Parents put their trust in me to look after their babies, their world. People may look down on our profession but today, this week, this month, has just proven how lucky I am to have one of the best jobs in the world. I am so thankful for this. Each day is a new beginning. Each day is a new learning curve. Each day is a celebrated success. No matter how big or how small the victory is...we celebrate! Learning to share, learning to cut, learning to speak, learning empathy, learning to walk, learning to care and most of all making those first little steps towards building friendships. I get to witness this every day. Every day is a miracle, a celebration of their lives and of their journey. I am so thankful to be a part of this!
Thank You to the parents for trusting me with your world.
Thank You to the children for letting me love you, guide you and protect you.
It was a long weekend here in Queensland Australia, which meant 3 full days with my husband. I am completely loving all of this extra time we are getting to spend with each other! This new job seriously rocks! As the sun rose on Saturday morning we headed to the country! We were surrounded by rolling hills, cattle, horses, sunsets, rainforests and our beautiful family. We had no reception. It was perfect! Here is a little sneak peak into our mini country holiday!