NOTE: The fabulous Cat Holmes (pictured zip-lining above) is our guest blogger for this week.
We hear it every time we turn around these days as women and mothers. Take a break! Schedule some ‘Me Time’! Break out of your rut! To be honest hearing these proclamations just made me feel like I had three more things to worry about each week. Then one day while looking at my same old weekly To Do list I suddenly heard all of these statements in a different way.
Take a break suddenly became schedule a date night (maybe even two!)!! Find some Me Time now sounded like what is one thing that I want to do today?? Break out of that rut became what have I never tried before?? I took a step back and decided it was in fact time for me to break some of my routines and quick before I fainted from the boredom of my everyday grind. Why shouldn’t my husband and I try all those restaurants we’ve made note of in the last year? Why not pencil in just one thing I want each day even if it’s simply picking up my favorite ice cream at the store instead of the kids flavor of choice? And who in the heck is stopping me from literally repelling out of my slump as I glide down a rock face wearing
a complicated mess of ropes and cool shoes with an instructor cheering me on? The answer?? No one!
This revelation changed the way I thought about a lot of things that day and I was on a mission to liven my life up one way or the other! I started a hunt for things high and low that made my heart skip a beat with the thrill of trying something new or intriguing and I’ve never looked back. I will never regret starting to actually put myself first and checking some things off my That Would Be Awesome List. Who knew I wanted to try so many new things and would meet so many awesome new people in the process? Not me!
Sometimes I have to squeeze things into a tighter time frame but I’ll tell you one thing for sure, my To Do list is a lot more exciting these days. Here’s to life changes both big and small and doing things that make us yell “Wooooooohooooooo!” once in a while!
Cat Holmes is a SAHM with 3 kids in Denver, CO who is dedicated to her chosen profession as a Spiritual Life Coach. firstname.lastname@example.org
Kale. Kale-aid, kale salads, fried kale, baked kale, kale chips – it’s all the rage. I admit – I have jumped on the kale wagon as well. I slip it in stir-fry for the kids, I throw some in a salad for my husband, I even tried to bake it like a chip, which didn’t turn out quite how I envisioned. However, the most delicious way I enjoy kale is in a smoothie!
I make this delicious kale smoothie almost every morning to keep me energized and rearing to go until lunch. This is especially important on the mornings when we at Vela Adventures are leading rock climbing or zip-lining expeditions (ahhh, the tie-in).
I know many of you adventurous superwomen out there are looking for ways to make your days healthier and to give yourselves more energy for your everyday excursions. So, behold the delicious Vela Green Smoothie.
Enjoy, Vela Girls (and boys, of course)!
Vela Green Smoothie
½ of a juicy pear
½ cup of kale (leaves only)
½ cup of spinach
1 cup of almond milk
1 tsp ground ginger
2 Tbsp pistachios
3 ice cubes
**Please let us know if you have any awesome kale recipes you'd like to share!
When I was little I LOVED Wonder Woman. I wore my Wonder Woman underoos as much as I could get away with, tied a blanket around my neck (Hello…choking hazard?) and would run through the house with my cape billowing behind me. Regardless of my scrawny arms and my scrawny legs, I felt like the strongest, bravest and most powerful little girl in the world. Just like Wonder Woman, I was ready show the
boys on the block that girls could do what boys could do…only better.
Fast forward 20 (ahem…30) years. I am walking hand-in-hand with my 5-year-old daughter through Target. My daughter is a self-described and extremely proud tomboy so we don’t spend much time in the “girls” aisles in toy stores. So, on this particular afternoon, as I am perusing the choices of Bratz dolls to choose from – should you get your little girl the Bratz doll with the thigh-high socks and mini-skirt, or the one with Daisy Dukes and knee-high boots? Such choices… – I came to the realization that our little girls have very, very few heroines to look up to. You might argue that Wonder Woman didn’t exactly overdress but she was my childhood heroine fighting for justice, love, peace, and sexual equality. She had some awesome combat skills, she was strong, she was tough and there was always her fabulous Lasso of Truth. She was a super-great superhero.
And, while I loved kicking imaginary butt in my underoos, I also loved playing with my Barbies, taking care of my Cabbage Patch doll and watching Cinderella…and all the other things little girls love to do. But, looking back, there was a balance. I played with Legos that were blue and black – I didn’t need pink flower Legos to build an awesome house. I watched She-Ra (Google-it, youngsters) and her girl-power buddies lift up bad guys and throw them. I sent my silver Slinky down the stairs and worked my Rubik’s Cube
(learning to rearrange the stickers when I got frustrated). Sadly, I am afraid our little girls have less balance today and not enough powerful, strong and brave heroines to look up to.
I know…I know. I am preaching to the choir. I am only one of hundreds of thousands of concerned moms, aunts, grandmas. What would Wonder Woman do? Personally, I like to remind my daughter that she is super strong, crazy smart and can do anything she sets her mind to. That’s all we can do – regardless of what these girls see on TV or in the toy stores. Then, we can tell our nieces, our neighbor’s little girls and their friends, the entire soccer team your little cousin plays on – we can tell all these little girls that being smart, strong, brave and noble is way, way cooler than whatever those sassy Bratz dolls do. Encourage these girls to grab their capes and channel their inner Wonder Women (you will probably have to explain that one)…they can take on anything that comes their way.
Empowering. Exciting. Motivating. Surprising. Are any of these words, even just one, adjectives you could use to describe your day to your family, your friends, your co-workers? If not, how would you feel to be able use these words as a descriptor for your daily life? I bet most of us are pretty content with a day
we could describe as ‘good.’ Sitting at dinner and your husband or your son or your roommate or your dad asks “how was your day?” And, they already know how you will respond - “good.” We challenge you…“is “good” good enough?”
How about making a list of all the ways you could make your day “motivating” or “empowering” or “surprising.” Make a list of challenges you could conquer that would make that dinner conversation unforgettable instead of “good.” Where the pride and excitement in your face and the light in your eyes is contagious and unpredictable.
What are some ideas, you ask? They can be as simple as learning three new words in Mandarin to as extensive as taking on whitewater rapids in a kayak. You only live once, as the old mantra goes, so why not live the heck out of it? Go ahead, start that list and commit to yourself that tomorrow you are going to end the day with “exciting.”
We at Vela are pretty passionate about challenging, empowering and motivating women. We’ve been so lucky to share in the pride and accomplishment of other women’s awesome feats and it’s pretty darn contagious. We’ve shared a bear hug after a tough climb. We’ve high-fived after hitting a target. We’ve dusted each other off after a breath-taking rappel. We are addicted to seeing women conquer things they never dreamed of doing. And, we are on a mission to help you Surprise Yourself!
So tomorrow, we challenge you to change your day and by doing so take a baby step to change your life. Learn a few words in a new language, or take on those Class III rapids. Whatever the step you decide to take we are ready to give you a great, big high-five!
Vela is all about fun and adventure!