Livin for Livi – Love always wins

About 2 months ago a woman from my home town (just a few years younger than me) lost her daughter due to a drunk driver. She has been sharing Livi’s story with everyone. She was a kind, loving little girl who loved to help people. Without knowing how big it would become she started the #livinforlivi movement and it’s been amazing. It’s so easy. Just be nice. Be kind. Help someone. Pay it forward.

Love always wins

#livinforliviAlivia’s Mom posts “all I ask of all of you to do is Live for Livi.  Give for no reason, love , share , make someone smile and just be kind! Oh and NEVER Drink and Drive!”

My first act for #livinforlivi

I saw a post on Facebook recently about “lunch shaming” for kids whose lunch balances at school are too high. Who knows why these parents haven’t kept up with it? It doesn’t matter.
I asked at school and I was able to pay off the balance for several families. I don’t share this so that everyone says “Look at her being generous” I share this because I want everyone to do something nice for someone else. I don’t know who these families are that I helped. I don’t care. I’m just glad I was fortunate enough to do it and I hope that they pay it forward in some way.
You never know what battles someone else is fighting and how just a small kindness can turn the tide for them.  

 

If you want to join #livinforlivi check out the group her mom created. https://www.facebook.com/groups/LivinForLivi

Be Present -Don’t focus on the numbers

Sunday

I had been planning a rest day today before starting a new workout program tomorrow .  Since it’s such a nice day out I decided to take my little one with me (she rode her bike) and I went for a walk.  I decided to focus on enjoying the movement and being present in the moment.

Before

I used to walk just about every day for my exercise. I’d wear my Fitbit and/or a Heart Rate Monitor and focus on pace and calories burned. I’d get irritated if my kids were with me and wanted to stop and look at something, or if a neighbor was out and wanted to chat.   It was all about the numbers for me.

Therefore, some days I enjoyed it, but most I didn’t.  If I didn’t burn enough calories or beat my previous pace, I’d be upset.  And if I happened to be slower than normal, oh the horror! And worst of all, I wasn’t seeing results.

Today

Springtime
Enjoying the signs of Spring

Today the only gadget I had was my phone for some music. I waved to neighbors and stop to chat with a few. I looked at every pretty rock G wanted to show me and listened to whatever she had to say. When she wanted to ride farther ahead I listened to music.  I enjoyed the sun, the breeze and signs of spring.


I know how far I went because it’s the route I always take, however, I have no idea how long it took or how many calories I burned.  Best of all, I don’t care! 

Be present.  Enjoy the sun.  Listen to your kids.  Enjoy the moment!  Where ever you are, be all there!