Hey GIRL (that’s you, our Grace In the Race Ladies):
Strange times are upon us. That’s not news. But they are about to get even stranger.
Last week we talked back-to-school; a conversation that pre-vid rarely induced extreme anxiety or regular uttering of four-letter words.
In 2020, however, dear mamas, it would seem that virtual is our new reality. (sips wine)
I believe with every bit of my being that it’s all going to work out. We’re going to get through it. We might even come out stronger on the other side of it. (The jury is still out.)
Earlier this week I had a proud mama moment. We were making our way through the drive-thru (that’s not the proud part – wait for it…) when I witnessed my boys being good. So good I felt compelled to say something…
Me: You guys are awesome. Thank you for being patient. And kind. And loving. And helpful… I appreciate you and want to be just like you when I grow up.
Them: (chuckling) Aww, you’re welcome mom.
#2: I want to be just like YOU when I grow up!
#2: You have a company!
Me: (mmm, we have an LLC with a newsletter, a website, and a blog, ooh, and a new online community platform, but yeah, okay, he’s 11, we’ll go with we have a “company.”)
#2: (continues)… Both of my parents are “bosses!”
Me: Damn straight! (I didn’t actually say that… rather, I smiled until it hurt, fighting back silent tears of pride as I screeched into tennis practice with 28 seconds to spare.)
Warrior-mamas, WE. HAVE. GOT. THIS! As we head into battle this fall, we will tread uncharted waters and we will get through it with grace. These kids of ours are so resilient. Kids shouldn’t have to be resilient but I’m so grateful that they are. They will take this in stride (for the most part… I won’t speak for everyone). And they will remember it as a time when their warrior-mamas showed up like the bosses that we are!
I know what you’re thinking – “That speech was amazing, Rachel, but we can’t do it without help.” And you’re right. We’re going to need to stay ahead of the storm. We’re going to need self-care.
It’s going to look different for everyone. It might mean naps, or chocolate, or Netflix, or cardio. It will be Kumbaya for some and Rage Against The Machine for others, but it will be imperative.
Here are some ideas to keep yourself in check; to give yourself grace and fill up your cup. If you’re skeptical, we dare you to try them. What do you have to lose?
Thank you for being here. Enjoy the rest of your weekend and may it kick-off an extraordinary week!
Love & Grace,
Rachel (& Amanda)
Co-founders of Grace in the Race, LLC
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