Friday, March 29, 2013

Looking Down - March Self-Portrait Challenge

My blogging buddy, Amy from While Wearing High Heels, has a great self-portrait challenge each month. I was excited to participate for the first time and loved the theme for March - Looking Down.

This is me today, looking down.

It's 5am and I'm at my CrossFit class looking down and getting ready to do 64 front squats and 480 feet of burpee broad jumps. I almost give up half way through and tears are threatening to fall down my face but I finish strong. I'm the last one done. It's not the easiest way to start the day but I've never regretted a workout, even at 5am.  

It's playtime and I'm looking down at my little man who's enjoying the color matching game I made him earlier this week. He is my creative muse and it makes my heart smile to see him playing happily with something I made for him. Before Jake I never finished my creative projects. I would get too caught up in thinking that I'm not an artist and that my projects had to be perfect to be finished.  Jake has made me realize that my projects don't have to be perfect, they just need to be fun.

Time for our walk. I'm looking down at an unhappy Jake. He's sad that I won't let him go further down the street because it's time to turn around and get ready for his nap. He's great at stalling. Right after I took this picture he jumped out of the car and started to run the opposite direction. Good thing I'm still faster than him, but I don't think that will be the case much longer. I carry all 32lbs of him the rest of the way home as he screams, kicks and cries past all of our neighbors.

Ah, it's nap time. A chance to sit down and rest for a moment. I actually need to work on a marketing project for a client but I take a quick break to look down at my laptop keyboard and start this post. I'm feeling a bit stressed thinking about the laundry I should be folding and the mail that seems to be accumulating on our kitchen counter. Sometimes I feel like there is just not enough time in the day. The minutes are rolling by too quickly. How do I stay in the precious present?

Woohoo, I am blessed with a long three hour nap. This rarely happens. We are playing outside in the front yard and I'm looking down at my toddler son who has turned our makeshift truck ramp into a toddler ramp.

It's now almost 10:00pm and I'm beyond ready for bed but I want to finish this post as I give you a glimpse into my everyday life. These photos aren't perfect and neither am I, but I do my best to create my life the way I want it while enjoying the moments I have looking up, down and all around.

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