I am obsessed with Glennon Doyle Melton's words of wisdom in her books.
“In death, we are not defined by what we did or who we were but by what we meant to others. How well we loved and were loved in return.”
― Allison Pearson, I Don't Know How She Does It: The Life of Kate Reddy, Working Mother
“This is dukkha: birth is painful, aging is painful, sickness is painful, death is painful, encountering what is not dear is painful, separation from what is dear is painful, not getting what one wants is painful. This psycho-physical condition is painful.”
I have three kids. 17, 15 and 12 and this month has been one of the, if not the, most difficult months of my parenting history. For the past 17 years, I have taught my kids how to handle difficult situations. From playground spats to breakups with boyfriends, I seemed to be handling it well. That is, until two weeks ago when I was thrown for a loop. My father-in-law, who lives in New York (we live in MN), was admitted into the ICU for an infection. He was 84 and had gone to a clinic for kidney dialysis. He came out with MRSA , a staff infection that is highly resistant to antibiotics.
I think having a teenager is as exhausting as having a newborn. Looking back, it was so easy when they were little. Physically exhausting? Yes. absolutely! Sleepless nights, temper tantrums, lost binky's, too tight leotards and scraped knees. Back then I could put my baby in her crib or lock her in her room and let her cry it out.
I'm so glad you've stopped by! I'm Michelle Kalina,
a travel-addicted yoga teacher, wellness coach & lifestyle designer based in Rochester, Minnesota. Here, I share my travels, business, lifestyle, and all things health & wellness. I hope you'll join me!