Motivation on Monday: When? No Time Like the Present.

Be present. Live in the present. Carpe Diem.

Put down the games. Put away child’s play. Play out your life just the way you dream it should be.

“It’s being here now that’s important. There’s no past and there’s no future. Time is a very misleading thing. All there is ever, is the now. We can gain experience from the past, but we can’t relive it; and we can hope for the future, but we don’t know if there is one.”

~ George Harrison

What are your dreams for your life?  Take the time to think about them.  Take the time to write them down.  Take the time to map out your plan for their achievement.

“Don’t wait. The time will never be just right.”

~ Napoleon Hill

This is the dawn of a new day. The time to do that thing of which you dream is now.

Hop to it, Sweetie!
(And, let me know how it goes!)

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33 Years Strong: A Genuine Gymnast, A Genuine Inspiration

33 Years Strong: A Genuine Gymnast, A Genuine Inspiration

This link (click above) is a blog entry with videos of a good friend of mine from dental school.  She is amazing.  She takes the bull of life by the horns, and lives hers to the fullest.  She does not allow the grass to grow beneath her feet.  She does not wait for the desires of her heart to come to her.  She seizes each day to work toward the attainment of goals for herself.

Be bold.  Be beautiful.  Be brave.

I know that she inspires me.  I am sure that she will inspire you, too.

Who inspires you?  What inspires you?  Please share!

10 Days of 10 Ways to be The Considerate (of others) New Parent: A Guide to Etiquette {Day 10}

Photo Courtesy of Ashley Clauss www.artbyashleyphotography.com

Photo Courtesy of Ashley Clauss
http://www.artbyashleyphotography.com

How To Be Considerate New Parents

10.  Best behavior.

Yes, you are exhausted.  Yes, a hiatus is nice.  Yes, you wish that your hosts, who have no small children to chase, might have a sympathetic –or entertaining– glimpse into your everyday life.  If you are a guest in their home, now is not the time or place.  Indeed, I cannot think of a great time or place.  Besides, is it really your place to offer an empirical instruction on the imperfect realities of parenthood? Have your children on their best behavior in the homes of others.  Impress your hosts by how well-mannered they are in lieu of how much of an inconvenience they must be for you as their 24/7 parent.  Trust me, you’ll be glad you did.

I know, being a parent is tough stuff, and being a considerate parent is even more so.  I believe both endeavors are worthwhile.  Don’t you?

“The fragrance of what you give away stays with you.”  ~ Unknown

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What are some sagacious tips you have for being a considerate new parent?  Please share!

10 Days of 10 Ways to be The Considerate (of others) New Parent: A Guide to Etiquette {Day 9}

Photo Courtesy of Ashley Clauss www.artbyashleyphotography.com

Photo Courtesy of Ashley Clauss
http://www.artbyashleyphotography.com

How To Be Considerate New Parents

9.  Events.

Do not bring baby or children to formal affairs, unless they are specifically invited to attend.  They are, at the very least, a distraction.  If they are normal, they will additionally be a disruption at some point over the course of a weekend, day, or multi-hour event.  Hire a babysitter, or send your regrets.  Do not take offense.  Appreciate the invitation, and appreciate the blessing that it is to be a parent.  Recognize that every rose has its thorns, and parenthood is no different.  It is okay to miss a few things in life for the sake of being your child’s parent.  Relish these young years.  They are but a moment in time, and they are priceless.

“The fragrance of what you give away stays with you.”  ~ Unknown

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What are some sagacious tips you have for being a considerate new parent?  Please share them.

10 Days of 10 Ways to be The Considerate (of others) New Parent: A Guide to Etiquette {Day Eight}

Photo Courtesy of Ashley Clauss www.artbyashleyphotography.com

Photo Courtesy of Ashley Clauss
http://www.artbyashleyphotography.com

How To Be Considerate New Parents

8.  Do not redecorate.

Unless the people you visit have young children, or run a daycare out of their home, chances are that not everything in their home environment is Magda Gerber or Maria Montessori ready for your child.  If you are unable to watch your child closely enough to prevent their injury in such a place, it would be most wise to bring a sitter along to help you, or to simply wait until your child is older for this visit.  You may find that it makes the most sense to invite others into your home for a period of months or years, and allow your child time to mature.

If you have arrived for your visit without this foresight, resist the temptation to redecorate or rearrange the home of your hostess.  Do not pluck pieces from around the home, approach the hostess with an armful of findings, and instruct her to put them away.  (It is her home, remember?) While it would not be considerate to do this, it could be perfectly appropriate to mention one or two items in a thoughtful way.  If so, say something like, “Our baby just loves your [insert expensive, dangerous, or breakable thing here]!  Every time we put him down he returns right to it.  I worry that in an instant he might actually grab it.  Would it be okay if it was put away during our stay?  I could help you to move it now, and to replace it before we leave.”

Do not allow your child to break anything.  When you are away from your home, watch your child even more carefully than normal.  Should your angel break something for the first time in 99 visits, pay for it, or replace it.  If it is priceless, at least be apologetic, and send flowers.  If it was obvious that you were doing little, if anything to prevent that breakage, the apology may not be received as sincere.  Prevention is always the best medicine.

“The fragrance of what you give away stays with you.”  ~ Unknown

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What are some sagacious tips you have for being a considerate new parent?  Please share!