Balance…

Balance

Being a whopping 34 years old, I have discovered a valuable life truth that all should know and embrace…and yes, I know how silly that sounds as many of you may be reading this and thinking “34…she is just a pup still!”
None the less, I am going to drop this knowledge bomb on you…are you ready?!

Balance is the key to life.

I will take a second to let that sink in…

“Boom!”….I know, right?!

Seriously though, if you can find balance you can and will accomplish anything you want!

Let’s dissect this theory a little further.
How about looking at it through Health and Wellness goggles.  How do you achieve a healthy lifestyle?  Balance.
Balance your calories in and calories out to achieve/maintain a healthy weight.
Balance your work and home life to achieve/maintain healthy stress levels.
Balance your nutrition and physical activity to achieve/maintain healthy blood levels, etc.

Ok, how about Finances?  Proper balance of the amounts of money you are earning, spending and saving can help you achieve sound finances which in turn leads to lower stress levels.  They don’t call it “balancing” your check-book for nothing!

So far so good…

What about looking at faith/prayer versus creating your own destiny?
Some believe that we all have a predetermined destiny and that fate navigates what happens.
Some believe that we create our own destiny and we must make things happen.
I believe that it takes both of those things!  I believe that there is a higher power and that all things happen for a reason, yet we also need to take the bull by the horns and make things happen as well!  The way I look at it, your destiny is where you end up…but the journey is up to you!  Enjoy the journey and make it what you want! 🙂
For example…imagine you are planning a trip to Las Vegas.  Would you rather hop on a plane and fly straight to your destination (your destiny) or would planning a road trip with stops at various attractions along the way be more appealing to you?  Either way, you will end up in Las Vegas…but how you get there is up to you!

I have also found that there needs to be a balance of what and who you know.  You have all heard the saying “It’s all about who you know.”  Or have heard about people getting preference because of their connections, right?  So let’s say you are a college student preparing for the rest of your life…what do you do?  Finish college…get the education you need to be the “expert” in your field.  The knowledge will give you credibility and confidence in your field.  However you want to work the social game as well.  Network, network, network!  If you can find the right balance of these two areas…you are guaranteed to succeed.

Have I convinced you yet that you must find balance in your life…no matter what aspect you are looking at?

Here is to a beautiful day and finding balance and peace in your life!

Small acts can make a big difference…

I woke up the morning of July 18th, got ready as normal and headed to the kitchen to get my cup of coffee before heading to work.  The stack of mail was sitting on the table waiting for me, as it is every morning, and at the top of the stack was a bright green hand-written envelope.  My curiosity sparked, I went straight to the mail pile instead of to the coffee pot first and picked up the green envelope.   I didn’t recognize the sender’s name but it was a local address…figured it was a bridal or baby shower invite of some sort.

I opened the envelope and inside was a Thank You card with a picture of an adorable 16-month old boy, whom I did not recognize.  The card read:

“Lori,

I cannot thank you enough for donating breast milk to help our son Isaac.  He had kidney failure from birth and formula was causing further health problems.  By giving him breast milk he was able to get the kidney transplant he so desperately needed.  We are three weeks post-transplant now and he is doing so incredible!  He’s now started crawling and standing, and even eating!  It’s amazing to watch.  We would not have been able to get to this point without the wonderful gift you have given to us.  I can’t imagine a more self-less thing to do.  You have given health to our son, and I am forever in your debt.  You are an angel on earth.  Thank you!

Kelly (Isaac’s mom)”

My heart was overflowing and the tears began to fall…that note and picture just made my whole day…heck, my whole year!

A while back, a friend of mine posted on Facebook that a friend of a friend (somebody she did not know) needed breast milk for her son who was struggling with kidney failure.  I was so excited to see this message as I had over 300 bags of breast milk stored in my freezer at that time because my son could not use it as he was showing sensitivity (we think to dairy) and would scream in pain after digesting it.  My husband and I had just discussed what we were going to do with it all.  I was not willing to just throw it away for as any mother that has breast-fed or pumped knows…that is hard work to get that stuff and it truly is “liquid gold”!  We talked about donating it, but we didn’t even know where to begin or if it would qualify as I hadn’t kept a food journal of what I was eating while pumping so it had gluten, wheat, dairy, etc. and we weren’t sure how that whole process worked.  But now this opportunity fell into our laps!  I was so excited!!!  I contacted my friend right away and her friend arranged to pick it up from me to deliver to this family that needed it.

Now, months later, I receive this surprise note in the mail that just changed my life!
Something that was so very simple for me to do, meant the world to Kelly and her son Isaac.  Such a powerful reminder that even the small things we do really can make a big difference!

Small things make a big difference

I am excited to write Kelly back and thank her for her kind words and the update and picture of little Isaac.  As far as I am concerned I now have another son…little Isaac will be in my heart forever now.  I am hoping to meet the family and someday be able to hold Isaac and hug his mom!