Meet Erica Gwynn!
Blogger, mom boss, and author Erica Gwynn is on the show today to discuss how we can all set ourselves up for success on Mondays. No more moaning and groaning with Monday rolls around. Instead, we can use her practices and weekly mantras to start the week with intention and help our whole family be focused and a little calmer…which is probably something we all desperately need! Time to kick those cases of the Mondays to the curb and take control of your week!
Caffeinate Your Soul: 52 Monday Mantras
This beautiful and thoughtful book stemmed from a popular series on Erica’s blog. At the time she was a broke college student struggling to find her purpose in life. No matter how lost she felt at times she knew she wasn’t alone and that other women were going through similar struggles regardless of their stage in life. Erica wanted to create a book that women could be excited to have on their desks. Something women could come back to once a week that would have lasting impacts on the entirety of their week. Think of personal development, meets daily devotional, meets coffee table book. How fun!
Get Out Your Tool Box!
Whether you are new to the concept of mantras or you practice them every day, you may or may not know that the word mantra literally means “tool of the mind”. Erica’s book provides you with all the tools you need to find encouragement and stay positive throughout your week! Here is a little sneak peek at some of Erica’s favorite, and extremely relevant, mantras:
“No rain, no flowers.”
This is such a beautiful and simply put mantra. The way Erica explained this mantra absolutely changed my perspective on what it means to embrace difficult times. Erica points out that rain isn’t always destructive, it can be nourishing and brings about growth. At the end of the day, flowers NEED rain in order to reach their full potential.
“Get comfortable being uncomfortable.”
As we are all probably fully aware at this point, tomorrow is by no means guaranteed. Everything can change in an instant. In order to prepare ourselves for life’s sudden and unexpected curve balls, we can do our best to get out of our comfort zones. We may never feel ready for change but you have to believe in yourself and know that you are. Making an effort to challenge your comfortability will help prepare for these situations. It doesn’t have to be huge. It can be as simple as changing your routine, or trying something new. The more you put yourself out there, the easier it becomes.
“Give yourself grace.”
If you are struggling with the feeling that you are always failing, you may need to reframe the expectations you have for yourself. This is SO important in today’s climate. We have so much on our plates and it’s okay to prioritize certain things over others. It doesn’t mean you’re failing, you are allowing yourself to make a personal choice and you should feel good about that. At the end of the day we are not all superwomen. We are human.
“Embrace the balancing act.”
At the end of the day, balance IS an act. As Erica perfectly puts it, we dream about it like we dream about million dollar Pinterest kitchens, but at the end of the day it just doesn’t exist. t It is one thousand percent OKAY to prioritize certain aspects of your life without feeling like you’re failing at the others. When you think about it, when you’re trying to balance your work life, your social life, and your family life all the same time, none of them are getting your undivided attention.
Being a Model for Your Children
Our kids are always looking to us. What example are we setting? Erica talks about practicing daily affirmations with our kids: “I am strong, I am smart, I am brave, I am kind, and I am important.” This is something I do in my own home as well, often times in the school drop off line before school or at bedtime!
When it comes to working at home, model work as a blessing, not as a negative aspect of your life that’s taking things away from them.
And also, model comfortability with being imperfect- especially in times like these. Hello, 2020 mantra!
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More Than a Mom
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