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“If things aren’t going as well as they could be, make an adjustment.”

-Henry Minsky

“You have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of your intuition. What you’ll discover will be wonderful. What you’ll discover is yourself.”

Alan Alda

“Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it.
Do not believe in anything simply because it is spoken and rumored by many. Do not believe in anything simply because it is found written in your religious books.
Do not believe in anything merely on the authority of your teachers and elders. Do not believe in traditions because they have been handed down for many generations. But after observation and analysis, when you find that anything agrees with reason and is conducive to the good and benefit of one and all, then accept it and live up to it.”

~ Buddha

Life is school. Love is the lesson.

Your joy and success depends on how much negavitivity there is in your mind. If there is little, you will have much fulfillment and you will remember what matters most and live from that. Knowing this, train your mind. Someone else out there is living your dream. It may as well be you!!

“Given another shot at life, I would seize every minute…look at it and really see it…live it…and never give it back.”

-Erma Bombeck

Almost twelve years ago I stopped doing something that changed my life immediately.

I stopped watching TV.

Now hold on there a second, Sister. Hear me out.

I know, I know, many years ago, I would’ve thought the same things…that this was crazy and what’s the point? Almost twelve years ago I would’ve felt deprived and out of sorts if I couldn’t watch my favorite show on Thursday nights (it was on NBC and that’s all I’m saying J).

I had heard of people who didn’t watch TV and even more intense, people who didn’t HAVE a TV and well, I just didn’t understand the appeal.

But something on that day almost twelve years ago said that I was all done. So I stopped cold turkey.

And now when people ask me what I do if I don’t watch TV, what comes to mind is how much they don’t do because they are watching.

I absolutely do not judge anyone for watching TV and I watched myself for many years; however, what I noticed when I did watch TV is how the hours would melt away while I was in an almost unconscious state. I certainly wasn’t awake and aware—which is the state I am striving for through my daily Prana Power Yoga practice, meditation practice, and raw vegan lifestyle.

Watching TV, like any habit, just took a bit of time and practice to kick. And once I had stopped, I was amazed at how I did not miss it. At all.

“Why,” you ask, “would I want to do this? I need my ‘ten minutes’ when I get home from work/school/the gym to chill out and unwind,” you continue.

Well, girl, if it were ten minutes, I’d say go for it, but when have you ever stopped watching TV after ten minutes?

And how many other things could you be doing and enjoying and really present for instead of staring at a machine in a daze-like state and taking in more subliminal messages than you’ll ever be aware of, telling you how you really need to buy this and that to feel good about yourself and be anybody.

Super-mom is telling you right now that you can feel good about yourself right now and you ARE somebody—right now.

To discover more about who you are, just try it. Turn it off—for two weeks…and see what happens.

“Television has changed the American child from an irresistible force to an immovable object.”

-Laurence J. Peter

“Vision enables you to glimpse into the future, to sense its hope and power, because you yourself are the means for that future’s creation.”

Sara Paddison

“Cherish your visions and your dreams. They are the children of your soul, the blueprints of your ultimate achievements.”

Napoleon Hill

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Super-Mom Betsy Parsons:

I expected motherhood to change me.  How could it not?  Everything was new.  But what I didn’t expect was that motherhood would strip me bare – drop me to rock bottom – force me to face that I had lost myself – demand that I pick up the shattered bits of me and piece myself back together.  It was all at once brutal and gratifying.  I am grateful for all of it.  I have learned who I am and how great my support system is.  I learned how absolutely wonderful my husband is, what a fantastic dad he is, and what a loving and supportive family surround us.  It’s not just me who is a super mom.  It’s my husband, my mom and dad, and my mother and father-in-law who make up this super family.  Each one of us plays an important role. Life is a tremendous gift, and we were all starkly reminded of that during the first six weeks of my daughter’s life. We almost lost her.  The first six weeks of her life were spent in the NICU.  She was a full term baby but a very sick one.  After she came home, every milestone was carefully watched.   She thrived.  And I almost missed it because I was worried about what could be wrong.  It was 9 months later when I started to splinter apart.  She was walking and I was cracking – emotions needed to be expressed.  I needed to feel again.  Not surprising, but I hadn’t been taking care of myself.  I was just trying to make it through a minute, then an hour, and a full day.  I wasn’t taking care of myself.  I wasn’t sleeping well.  I was sleepwalking.  I rationalized that all of this was well within a first-time mom response (ha!).   Eventually, I was diagnosed with PTSD and got help.  I began to piece myself back together.  It took another full year for me to hear the stirrings of my voice.  It’s been over two years, and just recently I realized that I am whole again.  I experienced such joy in finding myself.    I had really missed me!  But losing myself and finding an improved version had taken hold – makes me so grateful for the journey.  It has allowed me freedom to be myself, to slow down and enjoy the moments of motherhood, to rely on my family to play significant roles raising my daughter, to trust, and to embrace the unexpected.  It’s often what I need most!  I’m so thankful for my super family – including my husband who is embracing his role as stay-at-home dad!  Collectively, we’re a super team with a super daughter.