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“You must give up the life you planned in order to have the life that is waiting for you.” –”

? Joseph Campbell

“You’ve got this life and while you’ve got it, you’d better kiss like you only have one moment, try to hold someone’s hand like you will never get another chance to, look into people’s eyes like they’re the last you’ll ever see, watch someone sleeping like there’s no time left, jump if you feel like jumping, run if you feel like running, play music in your head when there is none, and eat cake like it’s the only one left in the world!”

C. JoyBell C.

“The only way that we can live, is if we grow. The only way that we can grow is if we change. The only way that we can change is if we learn. The only way we can learn is if we are exposed. And the only way that we can become exposed is if we throw ourselves out into the open. Do it. Throw yourself.”

? C. JoyBell C.

“Instructions for living a life.
Pay attention.
Be astonished.
Tell about it.”

? Mary Oliver

We lived in Paris last summer for a month and our good friends visited us for a week and treated us to the experience of a lifetime:  dinner at Guy Savoy’s, a 3 star Michelin rated restaurant.  The dinner took six hours and their nanny watched all of our kids as we drank, dined, and chatted.  I haven’t chatted with them for six straight hours since I gave birth to my first child (almost 15 years ago).   This was, to me, the best part of the meal.  The rest wasn’t so bad either.  ;)

I am not able to articulate the level of  kindness and generosity that lives in our friends’ hearts.  This dinner is only one example.

I wasn’t really online much while in Europe over the summer but was emailing with a BFF of mine from Brown who lived in Paris years ago and she was asking where our apartment was, what we were up to, etc.  I caught her up to date and told her about our amazing adventure at Guy Savoy’s, laughing that I didn’t even know what a “Michelen rated restaurant” was before the experience, and she said, ”Awesome.  We ate at every 3 star Michelin in Paris and most in all of France while we lived there! We also walked in every arrondissement in Paris sequentially!”

Now this was inspiring and I had to ask more.

I responded with, “Really? Wow. I didn’t even know what three-star Michelin rated was LOL.  Our dinner ended up costing a lot…. You did that in all those restaurants?  To be honest, I loved the six hours with my good friends uninterrupted by kids LOL, but I would be just as happy grabbing a salad somewhere and walking the streets, my favorite thing to do. The energy is amazing here. I can’t get enough!”

And my friend replied:

“I agree completely.  Yes, it was a lot of $$ per person each time but we had no kids or one kid when we did it and (my husband) was earning a lot so our budget was very different!  And we saw it as a once in a lifetime experience. I never really loved it either -too formal – I am informal to my inner core as you know – I am currently loving dinner by the our club pool with my bathing suit on and surrounded by our kids and their friends, who all jump back in the pool right after dinner and continue swimming – I have to literally pull them out of the pool at 8pm when it closes each night!”

And my response:

“Oh I hear ya Super-mom!  Ha ha haaaa. We just pulled our kids outta the Paris Country Club pool at 8pm!  Ha. We’ve yet to have dinner, just snacks, and are heading to grab something in the Latin quarter then gelato!  Where were you working while in Paris?”

And she said:

“The NBA in Paris, Reebok in the Netherlands.  Plus my 6th and final year in Paris, neither (my husband) or I worked so I was pregnant, living on severance pay (since they moved my job back to NYC and we didn’t want to go back) so I took a watercolor painting class in the Marais, took our 2 year old son to play groups and explored starting a couple diff business (high-end travel or importing French children’s clothes or antique furniture back into the U.S.)!  I even went to some trade shows, etc.

Then after our second son was born, a head-hunter contacted me about Reebok hiring a lawyer with exactly my experience in the Netherlands and I interviewed 3 weeks after our second son was born (I had to pull him from my breast with milk dripping to go to the interview over breakfast at a Paris hotel in the 1ieme) – out of many candidates, I got the job, my husband and I did our Paris by arrondissement walk in the final month and then moved to the Netherlands….”

And my email to her:

“I am writing a blog about this–it’s magical and an example of your zest for life.  The fact that you live your inspired life and are always open to what the Universe delivers to you.  It will be very inspiring for others to read, as it inspires me as well!  Rock on Super-mom!”

Her response:

“You are too cute. Another little detail – while I was at the interview at the Paris hotel, a baby in the hotel restaurant starting crying and I starting feeling like I might have “let down” of milk!  I was worrying about this when the 50 year old American woman interviewing me for Reebok said, “That crying sound is reminding me of and making me miss my cat.”  So I realized,  “There is no way that this lady has any children or she would not mistake a baby crying for a cat!”  So I made sure not to mention the fact that I was nursing and starting to let down from the sound of the baby – realizing she would not understand!  How funny is that?

Also, part of my reason for thinking about starting my own small business was that to better manage family and work – kind of like you and Philippe do – that I could spend time with the kids WHILE exploring cool travel destinations or WHILE shopping for children’s clothes or antique furniture to sell in the U.S.  – I imagined myself strolling around pushing a stroller and browsing markets/beautiful travel sites/working.  Not a bad idea huh?  But then the Reebok job fell on my lap and that was perfect for me so I had to jump!”

I love my friend dearly for many reasons.  One is her insatiable zest for life and her utter openness to any and all adventures.  She is by far one of the most open and able “learners” I’ve come across in my many years of teaching.  And she is a lot of fun to be around to boot.  ;)

What is your inspired life?  How can you begin today to take baby steps toward it?

I’m rootin for ya!

And so is my friend.

Have the best day ever!


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You are a creator; you create with your every thought.You often create by default, for you are getting what you are giving your attention to wanted or unwanted but you know by how it feels if what you are getting (creating) is what you are wanting or if it is not what you are wanting. (Where is your attention focused?)

Abraham Hicks

If we understood the power of our thoughts,
we would guard them more closely.
If we understood the awesome power of our words,
we would prefer silence to almost anything negative.
In our thoughts and words we create
our own weaknesses and our own strengths.
Our limitations and joys begin in our hearts.
We can always replace negative with positive.

~ Bettie Eadie

What you love you empower
and what you fear you empower -
and what you empower you attract.

Thoughts are boomerangs,
returning with precision to their source.
Choose wisely which ones you throw.

By choosing your thoughts,
and by selecting which emotional currents you will release
and which you will reinforce,
you determine the quality of your Light.
You determine the effects that you will have upon others,
and the nature of the
experiences of your life.

~ Gary Zukav

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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.