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Holly & Heather’s Helpful Hint: Take It One Day At A Time

Sometimes when we think about the future, it can really keep us off-balance. Not always, just sometimes. We have written before about staying present and enjoying the moment. But there are times we need to look ahead and plan for the future. And there are times in our lives when we need to look back and appreciate how we’ve grown, savor memories or learn from mistakes. It’s a juggling act of sorts: taking life one day at a time while honoring your past and preparing for the future.

For us right now, we have children changing schools, family members changing jobs and one of us is thinking about moving. With these changes comes a fair amount of uncertainty about what the future holds and how our lives will be different. Change is difficult even when it is change for the better. When the tenuous feelings come, it helps us to remember to take it one day at a time. Planning for the future in all aspects of our lives can be difficult and sometimes we have to honor life’s fragility and spontaneity. Easy to say, hard to do…

Holly & Heather’s Helpful Hint: Appreciate Your Children!

Our kids are growing so fast and while we are in the thick of raising them, sometimes it’s easy to lose perspective of the time we have together at home while they are young.  We realize that soon they will be old enough to fly the coop and begin their lives as adults.  We love to say – the days are long but the years are short – this was especially true when they were infants!  But now that they’re older, we try not to get caught up in the minutia of adolescence but rather enjoy their company and appreciate every moment.  It’s a delicate balance – we are still imparting our wisdom and trying hard to raise good, honest, productive members of society.  Teaching them life lessons and worrying about their education, health and happiness – it’s a lot of work!  Spend some quality time with your kids.  Have lunch together or play a game.  Listen to what they have to say and appreciate them for who they are.  They are our greatest gifts!

Holly & Heather’s Helpful Hint: Indulge, A Little

Are you watching every penny you spend? Counting every calorie of food you eat? Giving yourself restrictions about something all day long? Most people are on some sort of financial budget; we can’t spend money like we just won the lottery! And almost everyone we know (us included) watches what they eat. It is good to have limits and boundaries that keep us secure and healthy.  Certainly if you have any type of addiction, total abstinence is the only way.  But if that is not the case, every now and then it is ok, maybe even necessary, to indulge a little. If you always deprive yourself of buying that new outfit or having a piece of pie, there just may come a day when you can’t resist temptation and wind up eating the whole pie instead of having just a slice.  If you are following whatever guidelines you have set for yourself, allow one day of the week to have that sweet treat or buy that bauble.  Moderation is key here.  Give it thought, don’t make a spontaneous purchase.  Have your eye on something and really enjoy it.  Sometimes going through life constantly depriving yourself can be draining and if you know that a special occasion is coming up, allow yourself to have that great dessert.  That little reward can be very uplifting.

Holly & Heather’s Helpful Hint: Weed Your Garden

We are smack dab in the middle of summer here in the Northeast. It is beautiful and our gardens, begun months ago, are in glorious color. Tending them has not been as difficult as in years past because the weather has cooperated so nicely – not too hot so far, not too dry nor too rainy. But nonetheless, the weeds have come. Despite our best efforts at the start of the season, they creep into our flower beds and must be rooted out before they overtake everything.

This got us to thinking about gardens in a metaphorical sense. Our lives, like gardens, need to be watered, weeded, fed and cared for on many levels (emotionally, physically, spiritually, socially). And sometimes, despite our best efforts, “weeds” can creep in and overtake us. What are the weeds in your life? Doubt? Despair? Selfishness? Judgment? Are they metaphorical or literal – maybe too much junk food in your diet or obsession with material possessions? Whatever your “weeds”, it is best to get to the root of the problem to attempt to remove them. Sometimes the roots are deep and hard to dig up but if you only remove the surface weed, the part that is visible on the outside, it will eventually grow back.

This week, we challenge you to take a good look at your garden and decide what’s worth keeping and manicuring and what needs to go. You will feel so good when you can look back and see the fruits of your labor!

Holly& Heather’s Helpful Hint: Happy 40th Dancing School!

 

This month marked our mom’s 40th dance recital for our dancing school!!! She opened her dance studio when we were just babies and is still teaching (as are we) today. She is an amazing teacher and dancer – her kicks are higher than ours and her splits are flatter! Along with instilling her love of dance to many over the years, she has the joy of dancing deep down in her heart. We are so proud of her for all of her accomplishments in running her business for 40 years, back in a time where there weren’t many female business owners, let alone working full-time while raising a family.  We were always by mom’s side, growing up doing our homework in the waiting room of the studio and taking dance classes.  Eventually we began teaching as well and here we are 40 years later celebrating!  We wish mom the happiest anniversary: 40 years of dancing school!

 

*Photo circa 1974

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