A friend is traveling with her toddler by plane and asked for some tips. Here were my ideas, and I’m so interested in yours!
Prepare thyself. It could be amazing. It could be poltergeist.
🌱Take salty snacks and give them to her when the flight attendants are doing the safety talk. Then give her a bottle or sippy cup to drink when the plane takes off. The swallowing will help clear the pressure in her ears. Also, if she’s at all prone to allergies, give her some allergy medicine before you go. Keeping fluid out of her ears and sinus cavities is best when she’s not used to the air pressure in the plane.
🌱Also: take a backpack of new (to her) toys. Separate them in ziploc bags so you can pull out a new ziplock bag when you need it and it will keep her interested. I can loan you some if you want so they’re new to her.
🌱Also: do not let her skip a nap and then think “she’ll sleep on the plane”. WE sleep on planes. Babies seem not to. And then it’s like you’re a sweaty panicked human jungle gym for two hours and everybody’s fried. 💗
🌱Take more diapers than you think you’ll need. You will be changing her in your lap of the seat next to you is taken. Take two lightweight blankets to lay in your lap under her. Also take a few 1 gallon ziploc bags to put dirty clothes in. Take a change of clothes for her and a change of clothes for you on the plane. Easily accessible in the bag by your feet not the overhead.
Even a rocket falls apart to get to the next level. Let what needs to go, go. Travel lighter. Believe in what’s next. Trust that whatever it is, it’s the next step to more joy. More light. More love.
But first, the falling apart.
Wherever you are, wherever you go next, know you are so so loved 💗
Be gentle. Be a force to be reckoned with. Be still. Grow. Be all the things. Or none of them.
Here’s the absolute truth: there has ever been, and will only ever be, one of you. Advice is good. Having goals is good. But nothing trumps what you KNOW is right for you. You can feel it in your bones.
It’s your truth. Stand by it and be a best friend to it. It is YOU.
Wherever you go, whatever you do, know you are so so loved.
The thing is, having a dream can actually make you UNHAPPY. When our real life feels super different from how we want it to be, hopelessness can creep in. It drains our energy and can even lead us to make poor decisions.
The solution is to have a PLAN. I don’t mean a huge excel spreadsheet of timelines and goals (although if that’s your jam, yay you!). At one point in my life, that would have felt inspiring. At this moment with six kids as a single mompreneur, well….it feels a little daunting.
➡️Here’s the thing: a plan can simply be “the next right step”.
🌱So, maybe you want to change careers. Maybe the next right step is to jump on the internet and look at job postings to see what’s interesting to you. Or call a local community organization and offer to volunteer to get some real time experience of what it might be like.
🌱Maybe you want to feel better about parenting. So, today you look at baby pictures and listen to a TED talk about how to stop yelling at your kids.
🌱Maybe you can’t decide whether or not to end your relationship. So, today you spend some time Googling to research: what IS a healthy relationship? How does mine stack up against what’s important to me?
It’s just one day – one decision. To take action. To take the next right step.
But it’s BIG❗️ Because life feels amazingly different when you feel like you’re in charge of YOU and know where you’re headed.
Wherever you are, wherever you go, just know you are so so loved.
All the things you talk about. And all the things you never will. You made it. You’re still standing. Maybe a little roughed up, maybe a little ragged, but let there be no doubt – you survived.
Now, let’s leave it in the dust and THRIVE.
Just in case you were wondering 💗
Be smart. Be brave. Take up space. Say no. Do all the things. Fail big. Laugh about it later. Be yourself. Tell the truth. Be your own best friend. Dream. Plan. Do it.
You are so so loved. I believe in you!
Here’s the thing about crisis:
1. The scald is happening within YOU
2. Your neighbor is going about their every day life, checking expiration dates on milk.
3. Turn down the spotlight. This experience isn’t happening on a stage. Most of your revelation and transforming isn’t even noticeable to ANYONE outside your very best friend who you talk to pretty much every day.
➡️Literally. Everyone else is just still buying milk.
So, if you need to grow…. GROW.
Tell YOURSELF the truth first. Get comfy with it.
You don’t have to worry about TELLING everyone…. just BE different.
Be true to you. The rest will follow 🎶
Wherever you are, wherever you go, you are so so loved.