Pete and re-peat peat peat by Brittani Oplinger

So – repeating lessons are sure interesting. Our sewer is backing up – again. This is literally the third time in one year. :/ Insert mom stress here.

stressed mom

But – I had a moment. This morning, in the shower at my mom’s house, using her shampoo, I had a bit of an epiphany. I’m a shampoo snob. There’s no other term for it. I’ve been a licensed hairdresser since 2005, and I only use professional products. I am fortunate because I’ve got my license so I get wholesale price, so it’s been something I’ve been able to do pretty much no matter our income.

So there I am, putting Pantene in my hair. And I’m hating it. Everything about it. And it hit me – what a first world problem to have. How blessed am I that my *irritation* in that moment is that my shampoo isn’t the right kind. There are people in this world who have never used shampoo of any kind.

Then I took that farther – this is the third time this year we’ve been in this spot. There’s something I’m supposed to be getting out of this. What is it? It occurred to me just how incredibly blessed I am – my husband is wonderful. He’s supportive, loving, strong, innovative, determined, protective – I could go on. He’s a wonderful dad to our kids. He loves us. We have a home that we love and can afford. I have a career (two, actually), that I love, and another brewing in my little brain.

I have the most amazing support system anyone could ask for – my parents, with zero questions, welcomed us into their home for an undetermined length of time so we don’t have to pay for a hotel, don’t have to live in a camper, don’t have to live in something that’s not our “home”. We’re home at Grammy’s house. It’s amazing. We’re totally up in their routine and they aren’t even a little bit concerned about it.

With luck, this sewer issue is the City’s fault. If not, we’ll make it through. We’re a team, a family, and we have support. I think that’s the lesson. Contentment.

That’s a whole ‘nother topic, however – it does bear some expansion. Does contentment have a home in your life? Are you focusing on what you have today or what you hope to have tomorrow? Now – one thing I run into constantly is the misconception that contentment means stagnation – it totally doesn’t. Contentment is simply being able to look at your life and be grateful for it – exactly as it is today.

One should always be working toward a goal – whether it’s academic, spiritual, financial, whatever. Stagnation is poison for us humans, just like so many other things. But stop – what are the 3 things you are grateful for right in this moment?

I can tell you mine: My parents, my husband’s determination to figure this out, and my ability to appreciate those things that really matter (none of which are actual things).

Your turn.
Britt

 I believe everyone is talented, psychic, and intuitive. I believe we all have the ability to develop these gifts into skills we can use to best live this physical life. My hope is to play a role in your life as guide to help you recognize, acknowledge, love, and treasure these gifts within you.  We often talk to ourselves in such a hateful, hurtful way and I want to help you change that. I want to help you transform your inner monologue, your self-image, and your perception of your own talents and gifts. In our world, we are so self-critical and unforgiving of ourselves by culture. My mission in life is to help us turn that around. I want to help you change the way you talk to and about yourself.  I want you to be able to look in the mirror and say, ''I am damn proud of myself'', regardless of appearance, regardless of marital status, gender, weight, whether or not you're a parent, employment status, job title, or level of accomplishment. I want you to be able to recognize the amazing life you've lived and how you've come through your challenges and trials; I want you to be able to see how all those tough times have benefited you and how you're uniquely eqipped to handle the situations in your life now and in the future.  A Reiki Master, Theta Healer, psychic intuitive, oracle card reader, crystal-lover, medium, life coach, empath, and loving co-hort in this physical world, I will use my gifts to help you discover and be comfortable with yours. Much love.

I believe everyone is talented, psychic, and intuitive. I believe we all have the ability to develop these gifts into skills we can use to best live this physical life. My hope is to play a role in your life as guide to help you recognize, acknowledge, love, and treasure these gifts within you.

We often talk to ourselves in such a hateful, hurtful way and I want to help you change that. I want to help you transform your inner monologue, your self-image, and your perception of your own talents and gifts. In our world, we are so self-critical and unforgiving of ourselves by culture. My mission in life is to help us turn that around. I want to help you change the way you talk to and about yourself.

I want you to be able to look in the mirror and say, ''I am damn proud of myself'', regardless of appearance, regardless of marital status, gender, weight, whether or not you're a parent, employment status, job title, or level of accomplishment. I want you to be able to recognize the amazing life you've lived and how you've come through your challenges and trials; I want you to be able to see how all those tough times have benefited you and how you're uniquely eqipped to handle the situations in your life now and in the future.

A Reiki Master, Theta Healer, psychic intuitive, oracle card reader, crystal-lover, medium, life coach, empath, and loving co-hort in this physical world, I will use my gifts to help you discover and be comfortable with yours. Much love.