The year is flying by and I can’t believe we are at the end of April already. School will be out in a few weeks and summer is almost here. I am excited for what is coming, but I always love taking a little time at the end of the month to reflect on what I have learned and link up with Emily at Chatting at the Sky. Here are 5 things I learned in April.
Music Inspires Me
At the beginning of the month I heard the Mormon Tabernacle Choir sing Come Thou Fount in person at LDS General Conference. I have never heard a piece of music that inspired me more than this did. It blew me away. Go listen. It’s five and a half minutes you won’t regret. (Minute 4:12 is my favorite part!)
The Kindle and the Kindle iPhone App Sync
One of my recent goals is to read more. I’ve been trying to throw my Kindle in my purse whenever I am heading to an appointment or picking kids up, but sometimes I forget it. Recently, I discovered that the Kindle app on my iPhone syncs up with my Kindle, so I can switch back and forth in my reading and not lose my place. I initially thought I wouldn’t like reading on the small screen of my iPhone but it is actually really easy. This is a game changer and now I have no excuse not to be reading all the time.
Simplifying is Good
My life has changed a lot in the last few years. My kids are bigger and we are away from home running to activities more than we used to be. I am working way more than I ever have between marketing our car dealership, editing and writing. I can’t do everything the way I have in the past, and I’m learning that is okay. This quote has inspired me recently.
I am learning to focus on the most important things and let everything else go. That means I am learning to say “No” more. I am whittling down my obligations to just what I really need to do and forgetting about the fluff. It feels good to simplify and it’s something I am continuing to work on.
I Don’t Have to Cook Every Night
I have always been a crazy person about having a healthy, home-cooked meal on the table every night. I would menu plan and grocery shop every week and spend 45 minutes cooking and another 45 minutes cleaning up almost every night. My kids usually do the cleanup but the whole thing was kind of killing me. So, I came up with a new approach to meal plan only 3 meals per week. The rest of the time we are having leftovers, eating out or doing what my kids call “free for all” dinner. When I told my husband my new plan, his response was, “Great!” He didn’t care at all and all this time I thought I was failing if I didn’t have a home cooked meal on the table every night!
Moms Need Other Moms
I got to spend one weekend this month with a bunch of girls from my gym. We went to a friend’s cabin and had the best time. We had a blast throwing marshmallows, creating funny hashtags and doing lots of silly antics.
The last night of our trip got serious and we sat around talking about motherhood. It filled me up more than I can say. We talked about many things regarding motherhood that I have been thinking about recently.
Moms just need to stop comparing, come together and accept and love each other. We are all doing the best we can. Success in mothering is trying. That’s it. Your kids are going to make their own choices. You can’t control them. You can only love them, seek for guidance from God and then do your best.
This group of women has helped me more than they will ever know through their examples, service and love. I am so lucky I see most of them, as well as many others who weren’t able to make it for the weekend, on a regular basis at the gym. The friendships I have made at this gym have been the best benefit of working out.
What did you learn in April? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments.