Struggles in Life Makes You Strong

A man found a cocoon of a butterfly. One day a small opening appeared. He sat and watched the butterfly for several hours as it struggled to force its body through that little hole.

Then it seemed to stop making any progress. It appeared as if it had gotten as far as it could, and it could go no further.

So the man decided to help the butterfly. He took a pair of scissors and snipped off the remaining bit of the cocoon.
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National Random Acts of Kindness Day

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Observed on February 17th, National Random Acts of Kindness Day has grown in popularity each year. It is celebrated by individuals, groups and organizations nationwide to encourage acts of kindness. It is a favorite day for many, as people everywhere are enjoying doing these acts of kindness. Not only is it positive for the receiver, but for the giver, too!

“I was a recipient of the kindness but more glad to be a contributor!” (Unknown)

The Random Acts of Kindness Foundation is an internationally recognized non-profit organization founded upon the powerful belief in kindness and dedicated to providing resources and tools that encourage acts of kindness. Random Acts of Kindness Website

Stress Relief for BUSY Women

simple stress reliefStress Relief for BUSY Women

  • Start and Finish the Day in Peace – Try to set aside even just a few minutes of quiet time in your own little corner of your home at the beginning and end of each day.
    Go for a Lunchtime Walk or Workout –Exercise is a major stress-buster and mood-lifter, but moms are too busy to hit the gym when the kids are around. If you work outside the home, use your lunch break to fit in a workout or a brisk walk with a colleague. If you’re a stay-at-home mom, take your little one out for fresh air in the stroller or baby jogger, or do an exercise video when your tot is napping
  • Indulge in a Bit of Beauty – Busy women/moms deserve at least a little treat, such as a monthly manicure or a 15-minute chair massage.
  • Day Off – Whether you stay at home or work outside the home, when is the last time you took a mental health day? Leave the kids with a relative or sitter for the day or take a personal day from work – you never get time to yourself. Scout out a shoe sale, see a chick flick alone, buy yourself fresh flowers, or even take a nap – make your day off really count!
  • Parent Support  – Other moms can relate to your madness! Look for opportunities to meet other parents, such as “Mommy and Me” classes at the YMCA, story time at the library, or support groups in your area if you’re a single mom or have a child with special needs. Online message boards are also a good resource.
  • Escape in a Book – A good read is a great escape. Try to read even just a few pages at bedtime. It’s much more relaxing to end the day with an intriguing story than with a diaper change, dish washing, or drafting the next day’s to-do list.
  • Plan a Girls’ Night Out – Time with your girlfriends is a major stress-busting treat. A night on the town without kids or spouses can be tough to arrange but is well worth the effort.
  • Treat Yourself to Bath Time – Put away the kids’ squirty toys. Take a soothing bubble bath after everyone else has gone to bed. No time for bath time? Buy a pretty-smelling face wash to use at the end of every day. Water can help wash away a stressful day.

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