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“Champions know that success is inevitable; that there is no such thing as failure, only feedback. They know that the best way to forecast the future is to create it.”

Michael J. Gelb

“Feedback is the breakfast of champions.”

Ken Blanchard

Yesterday we went to our seven-year-old daughter Sagey’s dance recital.  We brought all of our kids so Philippe and I each had a 13 month-old baby boy on our lap and Madison (age 13) and Phoenix (age 4) on our sides.  It was in Watertown High School’s auditorium, which holds a lot of people.  We had bought our tickets months before and when showed up and sat down in our pre-assigned seats, we were seated right next to our best friends who live three doors down from us.  Synchronicity!  They have four kids and all their kids are best friends with our kids.  Good stuff.

The first hour was fantastic.  So fun.  The energy was great, the kids adorable, the choreography and costumes impressive.  Then the recital was over, or so I thought.  No, it was intermission. This concerned me because if it had already been an hour and now it was intermission, and well, that must mean that there was an hour to go.  Gasp!  I didn’t know how my 13 month-old boys would do.  I didn’t know how my four-year-old boy would do.  I didn’t know how Supermom would do!  It was noon and I was hungry.  Nursing twins makes my already big appetite even bigger.  I had assumed the recital would be an hour and hadn’t brought snacks for any of us.

 

Another hour later and it was still not close to being finished.  “OMG!” I thought.  Are they out of their minds?  This audience is packed with families with small children.  How do they expect us all to sit still for over two hours?

Three and a half hours later (!), the director came out and began thanking everyone.  OMG, she went on, and on, and on.  And on!  As I watched her I wondered if she felt the energy in the room.  Everyone had had enough––hours before.  What had begun as wonderful was ending as anything but.  “I’m starving!” I said to my friend and she responded, “I’m not hungry but I feel like I’ve been on a ten hour flight.”

The lesson?  Too much of a good thing?  Be aware vs. clueless?  Balance?  Be cognizant of who your audience is?

There were many.

My friend and I are trying to figure out how we can anonymously give this feedback to the director.  Because if she’s not aware, she should be told.  That’s how we all grow––through feedback.  If we’re open enough to hear it.

Why anonymous?  Well, no one wants to be “that” parent and then have “that feedback” transferred onto your child.

 

So today I have so much gratitude for all of the feedback I receive from our Prana Power Yoga students.  About the heat.  About the teaching.  About the schedule.  About everything.  I know it takes courage to give the feedback and I’m so grateful that they know that they can give me feedback and I’ll hear it and receive it with an open heart and mind and learn and grow from it.

Ask yourself if you’re open to feedback when it comes, no matter what the form.

 

 

“It’s not hard to make decisions when you know what your values are.”

Roy Disney

“It is our choices that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.”

Joanne Kathleen Rowling

“The art of leadership is saying no, not saying yes. It is very easy to say yes.”

Tony Blair

“Have the courage to say no. Have the courage to face the truth. Do the right thing because it is right. These are the magic keys to living your life with integrity.”

W. Clement Stone

“Some people think it’s holding that makes one strong–sometimes it’s letting go.”

“You just have to do your own thing, no matter what anyone says. It’s your life.”

Ethan Embry

“It’s important to run not on the fast track, but on your track.”

Robert S. Eliot and Dennis L. Breo

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Super-mom Kim Cherelli

 

WOW!! Supermom of the month.    I was shocked to say the least when Taylor mentioned she wanted me to be her super mom of the month.  Me?  I never thought there was anything super about me.  I’m as average as average is, nonetheless I was and am honored to be thought of.

 

I met Taylor a year ago during Teacher Training at Prana Power Yoga.  I was instantly drawn to her energy and knew I was in the right place.  I didn’t know why I decided to become a yoga instructor nor did I know what I was getting into.  You see prior to signing up for the 8 week teacher training I think I practiced yoga about a dozen times.  I woke up one day and said “ I think I’d like to be a yoga instructor”  I proceeded to ask my yoga instructor at BSC how one goes about becoming an instructor.  She told me about Prana and here I am a whole year later.  I wasn’t really sure what I was looking for other than the fact I was looking for “something” the something that yoga instructors have.  I’m learning every day and I’m a work in progress but this is a journey and I am excited to see where it takes me.  The teacher training was an emotional and beautiful experience.  As quickly as the thought popped into my head to become a yoga instructor the same happened for my understanding why.  I’m understanding I am where I am suppose to be right now at this moment.  Stress is not as prevalent as before and I’m understanding people a bit better.

 

So, a lil about me.  I’m a single mom of one 18 year old son.  I don’t consider myself any different than the next mother. I never found raising a child difficult because it came naturally to me. .  I raised him simply the way I wanted to be treated.  I always knew I wanted to be a mother. I was 24 when I found out I was pregnant and afraid to tell my mother.  I knew what she would say or better yet the look or her face would tell me how disappointed she was.  Most people know my situation and how my son was the result of an abusive relationship, however I wouldn’t have change a thing.  I had to go through that for my son to be born.  If I didn’t then he wouldn’t have been born and I can’t imagine my life without him.  People congratulate me for being a single mom  my son does too but I don’t think I deserve any special credit.  Putting aside all my heartache and struggles in my life, it’s nothing compared to what some are going through.  I do count my blessings and I feel blessed to have been given this gift of motherhood.  There are those who want children and can’t   I am so very thankful and I can’t say it enough…..It’s truly a blessing.

“where you are at this moment is where you are suppose to be”

Sending love and light to all

Kim Cherelli