Enjoy the Journey!
Throughout the journey of parenting, there have always been certain milestones that we anticipate our children reaching. From waiting anxiously for your child to sleep through the night or wanting them to learn to do things on their own. There always seems to be a focus on the future. Too often, we as parents, myself included, are not present in the moment when watching our children grow up. When my own were younger, I did not always appreciate them as they were and all too often focused on who they would become or what they could do by themselves. I did not always realize that milestones, such as first words, starting to walk, being potty-trained, learning how to read, etc, will all happen naturally. There is only so much we can control as parents in regards to the growth of our child. I needed to control my own actions in a way that would contribute to actively being involved in each moment of my child’s life regardless of how monumental that moment may be. I often weigh the value of the journey versus the destination, and question how to remain constantly present. My daughter, Skylar, and I ponder this often as we have recently started an incredible, challenging, and life changing journey of climbing the highest point in every state. This discussion comes up every time we hike and it is a beautiful analogy to almost every hard-earned goal or milestone. It is also relevant to growing your own business. Millionaires aren’t usually made overnight. Besides tenacity and good business sense, it is critical to maintain a sense of joy and fulfillment from working hard on your own company while reaching for your goals. I could never have embarked on changing the entire baby bedding industry by introducing a vertical crib liner without embracing the satisfaction of each small step along the way. Skylar and I embarked on our first high point in our home state of Texas and since then we have climbed more than a dozen more across America. This week we will be traveling to Utah’s King’s Peak for three days before heading on to Arizona’s Humphrey’s Peak. As we embark on this upcoming journey, I plan on being present throughout the entire hike, so much so that reaching the top does not feel any more rewarding than every step taken on the trail leading towards the summit. Starting this week and for every hike in our future, Go Mama Go Designs we will have a flash sale to support the joyous experience of life’s adventures with your child and the choice to being present along the journey. Follow us on Instagram @gomamagodesigns for more of the action and to take advantage of our flash sale.