Ashley Alliman

Ashley Alliman: Stray away from the slump and embrace the spice | Moms

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Remember that amazing article floating around the World Wide Web about the mother who realized the need to make time for her children, slow down and enjoy life?

One evening, as I am diving into my bed time routine, I twist open a bottle of this pumpkin scented facial scrub that I was recently gifted by a wonderful friend. It literally turned into a reminiscing experience, as I am reminded of the smell of fresh, homemade pumpkin pies, hot apple cider, dinner at Grandma and Grandpa’s house, fluffy just-out-of-the-dryer blankets, Christmas music, boots and scarves.

It literally hit me like a train.

How often do I rush myself from one project to the next, just living day-to-day and forget to give myself a moment to stop and admire the things I have been blessed with?

There have been a few times I have been reminded of this as I am running late to get somewhere and my sweet girl only wishes to stop and point, “What is that mommy?” at every item in sight until we reach the vehicle.

Alas, I have arrived late many a time now, primarily due to that gentle curiosity.

More so now than ever before, I have been trying to embrace that concept; not only for my babies, but also for myself. I challenged myself that for 24 hours, just one day, I will take the time to use all of my senses to absorb God’s wonderful work.

I set out on a walk this morning with my girls for the sole purpose of truly enjoying and acknowledging my surroundings (well, and maybe to swing in for donut at 7-Eleven..shhh).

It’s amazing what you can discover when you’re truly seeing the “forest through the trees.” Things that I typically pass by that go unnoticed were things I noticed today: the different colors and sounds of the birds; the wind chimes; the soothing, trickling sounds from the creek; the first signs of Fall made evident by the swaying leaves as they softly landed on the ground; that fun little crunch under your feet of ths leaves that have dried up.

Let’s be real here, it’s so easy to get in a slump, especially with the dreariness of the constant rain and dark clouds. We are approaching a season of joy, giving, receiving and family gatherings. Unfortunately, this is usually accompanied by busyness, stress and exhaustion (especially for mothers with small children).

I challenge you to embrace this time and enjoy the little things. Spend a little more time admiring your hard work whether it is in your décor, your Thanksgiving turkey baked to perfection or most definitely, your families.

After all, families are hard work! But like most things that bring us seasons of difficulty, they prove to be the most rewarding of all.

Go out and splurge on that Pumpkin Spice Latte, and yes, add the whip cream this time and enjoy every single sip.

...splurge on that Pumpkin Spice Latte, and yes, add the whip cream...

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