Happy Friday! I hope y’all had a good week.

Ours was pretty good. Kaiden started Indian cultural camp (week one of three) and loved it. Mila is just doing Mila things – keeping us all on our toes! The other day I overheard her saying, “Kaiden, do you hear me? Do you hear me, Kaiden? Use your ears, ok?” This girl! I had a good week too – work, volunteering at camp, getting my hair color fixed (!)…you know all the things!

This weekend should be one for the books. Today – I have an OT class at 5 am, Kaiden and I are accompanying my mom to a meeting, and we are ending the night with video games (per Vishnu). Tomorrow – Kumon in the AM, my in-laws house for lunch, and then one of my best friend’s 40th birthday party in the PM (I’ve been looking forward to this for a long time!). Sunday – not doing much of anything aside from hopefully getting outside with the kids some!

Ok, on to some Friday Stuff!

Friday Thoughts

I listened to Zarna Garg’s latest family podcast episode this week, and it was about should parents be friends with their kids. It was interesting to hear Zarna, her husband, and her three kids’ opinions. I have my own thoughts and will share in a future post, but the answer for me is no. A parent-child relationship is too textured to include friendship. I want my kids to have me, and I also want to them to have close friends. Two very different relationships that include some similar elements.

On Monday evening, one of the camp organizers sent me a video of K sharing his journal entry from the day with the entire camp (over 300 people!). I know he has an innate sense of confidence, but I had no clue it would show up in a situation like that. I was so so proud of him! When I told him I could never have done that when I was younger, he said, “Then you weren’t brave.” Ha! He’s not wrong!

I’m going to share more about this in a future post as well, but I had a discovery call with a fitness coach (not because I want to work with a coach but because I had a specific question I wanted answered). The information she shared with me was so interesting. Firstly, she said I should be eating more to achieve my goals. We also talked about fat burning and how that really works (re: it’s not necessarily about eating less and doing more cardio). And finally, we talked about the importance of a protein AND carb rich breakfast. It blows my mind how for YEARS and YEARS, we’ve been sold this idea of being smaller not stronger. How we’ve been told to eat less food with more of what we eat being processed. How, until recently, no one’s talked about lifting heavy weights and how that benefits woman’s body. IT ALL BLOWS MY MIND! Strong over skinny is my motto and I’m sticking to it!

Friday Link

How to Simplify Life When Life Isn’t Simple – Step one is the most important – think about what’s most important and go from there.

How to Stop Obsessing About What Other People Think of You – Such good tips and reminders.

Simple Ways to Find a Moment of Peace – Love all of these ideas. Something I’ve been doing on a daily basis is driving in silence – no podcast, no music, no conversation. It’s been an eye-opening experience. So many ideas and random things come up for me when I do this.

And that’s all she wrote. I hope you have a wonderful Friday and weekend!

By Parita

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