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Monday, June 18, 2012

monday mission :: live above the details

I read this quote, "live above the details" in the ebook Mindset for Mom by Jaime Martin and it struck me. 


It is the perfect mantra for the mindset I am constantly trying to cultivate. I have printed out the above image (feel free to do the same) and hung it in my bathroom as a reminder.

This week, I will work hard at:

-keeping the end goal in mind (happy, passionate children and adults)

-not worrying about the millions of things I could be doing at any minute

-keeping my computer off and iPhone in my purse

-scheduling free, play time each day (my kids have this, I do not)

What about you? Do you get mired down in the details of daily life? Do you get bent out of whack when the toilet is stopped up again or people in your house are bickering and cranky? What about that never ending laundry basket? Or always hungry bellies?

It is easy to forget what all the work and aggravation is for. Especially if you are a full time, stay at home parent. While some creative problem solving might be in order to make sure work loads are equitably distributed - those conversations will go more smoothly if the big picture of what you want your family life to look like is primary (and not the weird way others load the dishwasher).

Do you want to join me in running this mantra through your mind all week? To see if we can live above the details?


  1. This has been my mantra for the past two years or so. It makes for a much happier household. I let a lot of the little things go that used to consume me. Much, much better. Thanks for the reminder as it is so easy to get mired in those pesky details

  2. Beautifully said. Wishing you well on your journey to live above the details this week. Now that some of our children are old enough, I have learned to invite them to help in those details now too. -heather

  3. Wishing you well on your week...or years...of living above the details. Now that some of our children are older, I have learned to invite them to help out with some of those details. -heather

  4. Good for me to hear right now! Thank you.

  5. No kidding - so much to do no matter how old your children are. I like this quote: "Every Day is a Gift." It puts things into perspective for me.

  6. I love everything about this! I needed this and the humor with which it was delivered. Thank you!

  7. I remind myself that this is my daughter's childhood. This is it. This is the only summer that she will be six. No do overs.

    It helps keep me grounded and focused on what's important.

    And yes, the iPhone HAS to stay in the bag...too tempting to pull it out and check twitter, eh?


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