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  1. I love, love, love this. Someone I know, I wasn’t close with, but know who was a mother of three children died in a car accident this week. I remember thinking that it shouldn’t take someone’s death to reframe my perspective on my family and life in general. You’re so right. Step away for a moment once in a while and feel gods peace. Then “step back in!”

  2. Thank you so much for this post, I needed to read this so much right now ! โค๏ธ

  3. Yvonne Haymon says:

    I really really needed to hear these words today. My life has been so hectic for the past 7 years. It seems like I may have forgotten how to enjoy life and appreciate all my many blessings. Especially my biggest blessings, my kids. Reading this makes me feel like I’m not alone and there is hope for me to find peace in the midst of all the chaos of everyday life. Sometimes I feel like I’m in a movie where someone is pushing the fast forward button. Your words encourage me to slow down and enjoy life before it passes me by. Thank you for sharing your heart felt thoughts with meโ˜บ

  4. I remember hearing an adult recall his childhood with the one detail that stood out; his mom was a “relaxed mom”. I’ve been trying to embrace just that. The house gets messy and loud, but if I just go with the flow…it’s 100x easier. Early morning quiet time helps, too. Thanks Monica.

  5. Those words at the beginning really resonated with me. It annoys me that even though my kids have left home, I still have days where I feel like this (like yesterday!). I am working on accepting that I actually can’t do everything on my to-do list. I feel like taking your advice to step out, breathe, and then step in again could help with this!

    1. Thank you, Kate. yes, with or without kids in the house…life is full, right? There is always more we “could do”, but it does not always add LIFE to our life. ๐Ÿ™‚ Keep pressing on…Bless you!

  6. I think I need to read this every week for a while… Thank you so much for posting it!

    1. Thank you Ryann! Sweet words, and I feel the same. ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Melissa Nesit says:

    This was exactly what I needed today. This is my life. Thank you so very much. I am encouraged more than you could ever know.

    1. That means so much to me. Thank you Melissa for commenting! ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. Yes, this resonates a lot with me this week. This week as I prayed to God asking him how to live this life that is overwhelming me…I felt him tell me to chill out and enjoy the ride. Haha, how often does God tell us to chill? But I needed to hear it and his peace has been washing over me since. I struggle to take time for myself but I know I need it.

    1. Wow Jamie–I love that. What a great word to get! ๐Ÿ™‚ So glad this post went along with what you were already going through. So perfect. Many blessings to you–enjoy the ride!

  9. Tammie Hodgson says:

    Monica you nailed this one!!! Thank you๐Ÿ˜Š

  10. Funny how things come to you exactly when you need them most. Thank you for posting this.

    1. Oh so glad the timing was good for you. Blessings! ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. So wonderfully and painfully true! Thanks for putting it words what I’m guessing what so many of us feel. My favorite part is “the only difference was that of a mom with a softer heart.” I regret all the times I rush or shush or leave my kids hanging. All they want is the emotional connection and time. And, that’s what we find we have the very least of. It’s a reminder that control-freak mastery totally sabotages us here.

    Please keep the encouragement on this one coming!!

    1. Oh thank you so much Beth! That means a lot to me. Bless you–

  12. I love this and can completely relate.

  13. Yep … can totally relate … and I needed this encouragement so much! Thank you!

  14. Beautiful and much appreciated!

  15. Oh, Monica, this is perfect timing for me right now! All the hats I wear and the not enough hours in the day nor days in a week have led me into a crazy time lately. Of course I resonate with this post! Just this morning while making my bed I realized I haven’t had been working out for two months already, and how much I rush through the day that it has helped me become a crazy mom and an unhealthy eater. But, right then I realized how much I need to appreciate these crazy times for one day they’ll just be memories. I need to get some quiet time soon, daily ๐Ÿ˜‚ soon before I go crazier! Haha! I reminded myself that I need to leave the house even if it means just go out to the patio and just breath ๐Ÿ˜Œ, and reading this made me see how I am not alone, and it’s okay ๐Ÿ‘Œ to feel like that at times, and pick up my load, and carry on! THANK YOU! ๐Ÿ˜Š Love โค๏ธ your writings! ๐Ÿค—

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    1. Thank you so much Nidia! It does help to be reminded we are not alone, doesn’t it!? And yes, I’m pretty sure you are past due for some healthy get-away-alone time…I highly recommend a full day if possible! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Blessings and thanks for taking the time to comment!

  16. Amen! I have a four year old and a newborn. I feel so very blessed, yet overwhelmed at times. That was so beautifully written and a perfect reminder for me today. God had this day picked perfectly for you to finally post it! Thank you for sharing your heart on this blog. I found it a week or two ago and have been impacted in big ways already. (I’m reading your book too!)

    1. Awww, thank you Jennifer! love hearing that. The season you are in was for sure my most challenging–hang on tight and enjoy the ride! Bless you.

  17. I think in every comment I’ve left here, I always mention that I’m compelled to come here when I’m having a hard time or having BIG feelings (not always nice). And I always find what I need here, am reminded to give myself grace, and most importantly get the perspective I didn’t know I needed. I’m not sure this makes any sense, actually. Thanks, as always!

    1. It makes perfect sense, and it blesses me to hear that. Thank you for taking the time to comment! Sending love and hope you have an awesome day!

  18. Thank you so much for sharing! It has been so busy and rushed here lately. I feel like I can’t get all the things done, but this post was perfect for today. Thanks!

    1. Thank you Amy! So glad the timing was good. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  19. Thank you for sharing this. So many days I find myself rushing and wishing for that much needed break and then when I get it I’m too tired to even do anything except veg. Trying to do too many things and never feeling accomplished. Thanks for reminding me to slow down and to take time to smell the flowers. This was a perfect read for 7 am!! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    1. Glad to hear it Cristina! Bless you and enjoy a few extra pauses today. ๐Ÿ™‚ Aloha-