Dare To Be You

It is not easy to tune into world events today, even in our own backyards there is so much negativity, violence, and pointing out what is wrong.  We are blessed to be able to voice our opinion and belief, and even when we disagree, talk to each other, listen to each other, and maybe learn from each other.  I am going to post a few stories that are about countries, people, and circumstances where there is a choice to stand away from the herd, to be heard, to be equal to be peaceful, to be accepting.  Maybe we can all learn something from the courageous, forward thinking, and brave examples below.

BELGIUM, we should all follow their example,

http://www.timesofisrael.com/rabbi-imam-and-bishop-to-adorn-belgian-stamp/

A friend and Yoga student of mine is an amazing writer, and this is her latest work, so interesting learning about what goes on behind the scenes.  Things are not always what they seem, amazing talents and people express themselves and their talents, and in this story, specifically women.

http://www.npr.org/2015/11/01/453632475/guts-grace-digs-into-the-untold-history-of-stuntwomen

The rest of this blog I want to dedicate to mothers, today I took my daughter for a fitting, we are both going to model in an amazing women’s event coming up in a few weeks, check out the flyer below.  She is five and a fascionista, it took some whining, even crying, but so much patience from everybody to allow her to choose an outfit she would love to model.  I want to allow her to be the strong, independent, strong willed, and powerful woman that she will become.

Enjoy more mommy magic below,

First a story about being present for our kids,

Next a story about a mother sticking by her son and never giving up,

Coach Yulia

Brandie Wood
Today I did an experiment, I watched my boys play. As I sat quietly in the corner of the room I tallied how many times they looked at me for various reasons: to see if I saw their cool tricks, to seek approval or disapproval for what they were doing, and to watch my reactions. I couldn’t help but wonder if I was on some sort of technology what message would I have been sending? 28 times my angels would have wondered if the World Wide Web was more important than them. 28 times my boys would have not received the attention most adults are searching for. 28 times my loves would have questioned if they were alone emotionally. 28 times my kids would have been reassured that who you are online is what really matters. In a world where we are accepted as who people perceive us to be and not who we really are, in a world where validation comes from how many followers or likes we have, in a world where quality time with loved ones is being replaced by isolation and text messages from the other room, I beg you to be different. Please put down your technology and spend some time with your family & loved ones. The next generation of children is counting on us to teach them how to be adults, don’t be too busy on social media, you never know who is watching and what message you are sending.
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Tiffany Locklear
Hi everyone… I promised I would post progress photos or updates of my 2 year son Zane, who had a near drowning accident back in January while staying at his Grandma’s house, and now has an anoxic brain injury. We were in North Carolina, and had just moved there in December, one month prior, but have recently moved back to Seattle for more support through friends and family, and a better medical team. We’ve been here a month now, and have finally settled in, still a lot of unpacking to do, but most of his dr appts have been scheduled and therapy is now starting after a few weeks of no therapy or chiro… He is doing well, although a few bumps in the road the last few months… We were in the hospital Friday night, again, due to excessive vomiting and constipation… We are also weaning him off a couple of his drugs, finally, so there have been some days of withdrawal… Even though the doctors once told us that he will never swallow on his own, breathe on his own, told us we will have to make a decision on pulling the plug, Zane has proved them wrong! He is fighting so hard, and still fighting. He is swallowing so well, tracking and now moving his head, and the latest thing…. SMILING!!! Guys, he’s showing emotion!! We are beyond thrilled… And I just had to post this pic of my lil Zane smiling tonight after hearing my annoying high pitched voice, tickling him and being goofy!!! We are so thankful and thank God every day… He is recovering and healing!!! His baby brother, who was born 10days after the accident, is really interacting with him now, and we believe it is helping him on his road to recovery… Thank you guys again for your support, prayers and sweet words! Here’s Zane showing us happy emotions!!! Smiling!
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