One of the best parts about starting Goat of the Day is that my friends living in different parts of the world sometimes send me pictures of goats they encounter during their adventures. My friend Lena sent me a photograph of this goat in France on an island called Noirmoutier near a chévrerie where goat cheese is made. Although only bound to the pasture by a single rope, this goat was content where she was. Take a moment to find contentment exactly where you are – and remember a boundary is only as firm as you want it to be.
If you feel yourself becoming overwhelmed, overstimulated or overly frustrated, perhaps consider that your blood sugar is a bit low and to stop and have a small, nutritious snack. After a pause and a pick-me-up you might have a fresh perspective!
Going on holiday is meant to be a fun break from our normal routines, but sometimes such vacations can be quite stressful. Maybe consider when you are planning your summer adventures for having a short staycation – a holiday enjoying your own country or locale as though you were visiting there as a tourist. Or, you could just chill at home with a good friend. Either way, make sure you take set aside some time for some rest and relation this summer.
Rejection is just another step towards success. It may hurt in the moment, but if you keep moving you’ll eventually get there.
You can always tell when I really enjoy a meal, because I always end up with it either on my clothes or on my face. Wearing your food is a great way to show whoever made it that you really appreciate it. My six year old is especially great at showing his appreciation of foods by wearing them, and earlier today, I enjoyed a delicious avocado toast on locally made fresh sourdough with two perfectly poached eggs. Needless to say, the avocado ended up on my nose.
One day, someone made a series of decisions to bring you into the world. A world that is full of chaos, challenge and unspeakable difficulties. But someone decided that it would be worth it to give it a go and bring you, yes you, into this world. Along the way, there were many sacrifices and unknown mountains to climb. First they gave you part of their body and carried you, and then risking life and limb, they birthed you into the world. Then, in your most vulnerable state, that person cared for you. They fed you, clothed you, socialized you, read you loads of storybooks repeatedly, made sure you had the right toys at the right stages of your development, and poured over information about how to ensure that you would grow up to be the best possible you. You weren’t always grateful and it certainly was not always easy, but here you are.
If you are lucky enough to still have that someone in your life, make sure to call them up and say Happy Mother’s Day.
First, thank you to Niki one of GOTD’s Twitter followers for pointing out that yesterday I did not post a picture of a goat, rather a sheep.
Second, I came upon a small flock of sheep this weekend while I was in Denmark with some friends. I am very fortunate that when I became a mother that many amazing women came into my life – the mothers of my son’s friends. There are many internet postings about random things that happen to you after giving birth, but perhaps one of the most amazing things is the people that come into your life because of your child and new status as a parent. Many of these women I would have never had the opportunity to meet had it not been for my son.
One of my mom pals organised a weekend for eight of us to get away and another one had a family summer home near Vejby. It was amazing, relaxing and we all had a wonderful time. These friends are so considerate that while driving to and from various parts of the beautiful green coastal plains, we suddenly stopped and lo and behold, there were some four legged friends with horizontal pupils. Of course, I was quite excited. We wandered around a property and were sadly unable to make contact with the owner. Their neighbor said they were goats, but I think Niki is correct that in fact, the friendly creatures my group happened upon are actually sheep.
Needless to say, I am really grateful for the entire experience, and although I am a few days early, I am dedicated Goat of the Day this week to moms everywhere.
I hope you had a wonderful Friday!
Apply yourself! You never know, whatever it is you’re going for just might work out. The only way to guarantee that you won’t get a position, job, place, scholarship, etc. is to not apply. So just go for it. If it doesn’t work out, something else will come along. If it does, it might be the beginning of something wonderful!
Find someone in this world who you can rest your head on. At the end of the day, a good partner is someone who supports you no matter what, even if you need to take a nap using them as your pillow for a bit.