“Start and End with gratitude and give toxic people little to no time with you” ~Jenn Haston~
Today I was reading an article containing a widely known fact about Albert Einstein. In his life, despite being a genius, he failed mathematics.
How many of you reading this think it’s true?
How many of reading this think it’s false?
How many of you really don’t know ?
Well, I was one of the people who believed it, until today when I did some digging and found out it’s not true.
It’s one of those things that I heard one time and it made me feel 1000 times better about my struggles with math. “Well, if even Einstein struggled, I don’t feel so bad. Let me take another crack at solving that formula.”
It was useful to believe it when I was trying to motivate myself to rise above a problem so if it comes up, I will say believing this lie helped me, and I now know ít to be false.
It got me thinking about other things that I might be “certain” about, but are in fact, “dead wrong”?
Could it be there is a political issue or belief you hold about certain groups that isn’t actually true, it’s just a habit to keep believing something that isn’t true and no longer serves you?
Think About It.
Dear Sweetpea! You are four years old today. I can’t believe you are four!
You have changed so much and learned so much in just a year.
Let’s talk about that, shall we?
First, you can now count to 30 all by yourself. We are working on counting down with you. You can sing the alphabet song and you are learning and saying SO many words which makes Mom and Dad so proud and happy! You get frustrated sometimes because you are on the cusp of figuring out so many things, and the look of satisfaction you get if you do is so amazing.
You have started praying with us and every night we do a “nightly check-in” and talk about what we accomplished that day, what we are grateful for and what you enjoyed doing. You also are learning yoga and showing Mom all your moves (your favourite is palm tree) which is a new position for me, so yay!
You love doing puzzles and you are so good at them whether it’s on Mom’s phone or a good old-fashioned box puzzle, you have such an innate understanding of how things fit together. You still love to color and playing with your tiles, you have such an imagination when it comes to what color things are and are not, for example this is a picture of you “drinking” a box of juice.
You have an amazing memory and recall most of what we have read to you. Your Aunt Keya has given you an awesome science book with 15 scientists and you know all of them and even what they are famous for doing or creating.
You have also picked up the Mom and Dad habit of learning and repeating movie quotes, most notable among them are “Why didn’t you tell me you had a pet dinosaur?” from “Meet The Robinsons” – On current movie rotation, you love “Zootopia” , “Cars” (which you call Racing Cars) and “Monsters University” Your current favourite food is pasta and your favourite thing to do is watch movies and read books, and snuggle with Mom and Dad!
You also like to go outside and now that it’s not so blazingly hot (sorry kid, we live in Texas) now we can!
We took our first trip to the lake and you definitely made Dad laugh and we giggled a lot too! Despite your best efforts, we did not find any mermaids or unicorns there.
You are strong, smart, and cute and love to rock dresses (with pockets, of course!) just as much as shorts and tank top.
You are super silly, no idea where you get that from….
You love to help us with laundry and dishes and we are teaching you all about love languages including “acts of service” (Dad’s favourite) and “words of appreciation” (Mom’s favourite). I wonder what yours will be?
You even helped us come up with a family motto- “We’re gonna have a good day”
You love music and singing, and pretty much “dance it out” with Mom every day.
You recently went your dentist appointment and were so excited to be there you squealed with delight, and the entire staff were charmed by you.
We also visited your pediatrician’s office and you saw Nurse Gladys who was amazed at how tall you’ve grown and how much you are talking!
You have an amazing imagination, just yesterday, you pointed to a cell phone tower and said, “Look, the Eiffel Tower!”
I can’t wait to show you the real one some day soon.
It’s been a wild and crazy year, and we are delighted every day that you were born!
Happy Birthday Sweetheart!
On this week’s episode of “Haston Helping Hands”, I talk about self-acceptance, society’s push to make us perfect, and your “innate enoughness”. Check it out, and please subscribe and share for a weekly dose of motivation, inspiration, and frustration!
Wow. Just wow. I heard this amazing truth teller being interviewed by Brené Brown and I can’t stop thinking about it and feeling about it. “The Body Is NOT An Apology”
Think About It.
“You don’t teach someone to love everyone and that black lives matter, you show them” ~Jenn Haston~
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This is a trying time! Log in, log out! Virtual school! No matter what choice you make, you need to give grace to yourself and others!
“When you’re working every day, you’re not thinking, what impact is this going to have on the world. You’re thinking, I better get this right.” Dr. Gladys West
“I am a mother, and I love to work. It makes me a better parent.” ~Jenn Haston~