Reflect on the Positive

My husband often tells me that I think too much, but Mothers tend to reflect on a lot of things. We “reflect” on what that other mother really meant. We “reflect” on the question of what we should make our children for supper, or what we should give them for their birthday, or what we should let them do by themselves. We reflect on all that we should have gotten done that day; or why the neighbor didn’t wave.

think, do, be positive

Next time you have a couple minutes alone take some time to reflect on good things. Here’s some ideas to get you started:

Reflect on what you did get done – even the very basics! Today my children had clean clothes to wear and I fed them 3 meals. I was able to get a shower and get dressed. I was able to {insert household chore here} today.

Reflect on your good abilities. I am capable of being a loving mother, daughter, wife, etc. I love those around me and show that love in consistent ways. I know how to {insert what you do best here}.

Reflect on a favorite place. It could be something not near you – I love the beach sounds, smells, and sights. Or it could be something close by – I love the warm water and bubbles in this tub.

Reflect on something happy that happened that day. That bird outside my window was so pretty. When my child opened that present their eyes got wide and their face lit up. The blue of the sky was beautiful today.

Reflect on how you have helped others. It was good to give my friend a ride to pick up her car from the garage. My husband trusts me to take care of the children and house while he works. The neighbors appreciate that I kept my yard and house cleaned up today.

Now it’s your turn. What can you reflect on that is positive? Don’t let the negative thoughts intrude. Drown them in optimism while you reflect on the wonderful, capable woman that you are.

And then I crocheted a beard for my kid…

Because if you are 8 years old, why would you NOT have a red curly beard? I mean, duh!

I like to knit and crochet odd things. Fish hats that look like they are eating my kids head, salamander bookmarks that leave them flat and squished, a sweater for my iPhone, etc. etc. So when I saw this hat and beard on Ravelry?! I stopped everything I was doing that day and made it.

Crochet Viking Hats and Beards


Aren’t they awesome?! Yes, that’s me at the end. Hey, it was 10pm, I was wrapping Christmas presents and may have had one eggnog too much. ;)

To get the pattern for the Viking Hat check out Lael Viking Helmet.

The beard pattern is found here – Child’s Burly Beard and Moustache.

And the Lumberjack hat I got from Playin Hooky Designs.