Thank you to all of you participating in my current giveaway in honor of Layla Meadow’s first birthday. I will announce the lucky winner of a custom mini moon necklace TOMORROW!
As part of your entry, I asked you to include an inspiring word, mantra, story, or quote that I can share with Layla Meadow. The words are all so beautiful and bring a lot of joy to this milestone birthday. The personal, kind posts for Layla mean so much to me. Many of you mentioned that you’re getting ready to celebrate a child’s birthday or have recently celebrated! I wanted to share some of the words, mantras, stories, and quotes with you. It’s a special gift to pass words like this onto our children. I hope you enjoy these words as much as I do. I am truly grateful for YOU and this community.
Check them out below!
My wish for you: Comfort on difficult days, smiles when sadness intrudes, rainbows to follow your clouds, laughter to kiss your lips, sunset to warm your heart, hugs when spirit sags, beauty for eyes to see, friendships to brighten your being, faith so that you can believe, confidence for when you doubt, courage to know yourself, patience to accept the truth, and love to complete your life.
Life goes on…you have no choice but to adapt and keep moving forward!
I love my boys to the moon and back.
Live, laugh, love.
A mother’s love endures all.
Life will always change and evolve and can be scary at times but with the love from your family, strength you have gained from your mommy and daddy, you stay steady on your feet, look for your opportunity and leap to fly. No on can hold you back, you fearless angel.
What my mama told me the other day that spoke to me: it’s OK not to be OK.
“May you my baby sleep softly at night and when dawn lights the world may you wake up to birdsong, may the morning sun warm you, the evening breeze cool you and at noon may you rest in the shade. May you search in the sky, play in the snow and dance in the rain. May you my baby follow the rivers, wander the mountains and walk in the wild. May you grow sleepy at sunset, sing to the stars and drift into dreams, and may you my baby be kissed by the moon.” -Allison Lester
The only constant thing in life is change. Lean into it and don’t be afraid.
May you grow up strong to always do the right thing.
May the road rise to meet you, may the wind be ever at you back, may the sunshine warm upon your face, and the rain fall soft upon your fields, and until we meet again, may god hold you, may god hold you, ever in the palm of his hand.” -Irish blessing
One of my favorite, most valued mantras is, “I am enough, I am courageous, my abilities are limitless, and my potential is infinite!”
You’re my definition of perfect.
You are kind. You are smart. You are important.
Whatever you decide to do in life, make sure it makes you happy.
The future is female!
“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” -Eleanor Roosevelt
My girls and I always say, “we never mind waiting/are never bored because we bring the fun!”
“Be yourself, everyone else is already taken.” -Oscar Wilde
“The most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched, they must be felt with the heart.️” -Helen Keller
My word for Layla is: MAGICAL!
“If you smile at me, I will understand cause that is something everybody everywhere does in the same language.” -CSN
“Beauty begins the moment you decide to be yourself.” -Coco Chanel
It could always be worse!
This too shall pass.
“The only thing that matters is just following your heart and eventually you’ll finally get it right.” -Ataris song
She can’t go wrong if she learns to live in balance at an early age!
The song Layla was inspired by a love story that originated in 7th-century Arabia and later formed the basis of The Story of Layla and Majnun by the 12th-century Persian poet Nizami Ganjavi, a copy of which Ian Dallas had given to Clapton. The book moved Clapton profoundly, because it was the tale of a young man who fell hopelessly in love with a beautiful young girl, went crazy and so could not marry her. The song was further inspired by Clapton’s then-unrequited love for Pattie Boyd, the wife of his friend and fellow musician George Harrison of the Beatles. Clapton and Boyd would eventually marry.
For inspiration, get a book called “The Awesome Book of Love” by Dallas Clayton. You will read it over and over again together.
“Stand up, get up, stand up for your rights.“ -Bob Marley
“Don’t let being right talk you out of being kind.” -Bob Goff ️
“Here’s to the wind that blows, and the ship that goes, and the girl who fears no danger!” -An old poem that I always say when I need some courage
Don’t sweat the small stuff.
“A hug is always the right size.” -Winnie The Pooh
“The universe took its time on you, crafted you precisely so that you could offer the world something distinct from everyone else. So when you doubt how you were created, you doubt an energy greater than us both.” -Rupi Kaur
“What is the greatest lesson a woman should learn? That since day one, she’s already had everything she needs within herself. It’s the world that convinced her she did not.” – Rupi Kaur
Love is a great beautifier.
“To see the world, things dangerous to come, to see behind walls, draw closer, to find each other and to feel. That is the purpose of life.” -Secret Life Of Walter Mitty
“The braver I am, the luckier I get.” -Glennon Doyle
Never underestimate your potential.
Fun is not an event, it’s an attitude!
Courage does not roar, so courage is the small voice at the end of the day that says, “I will try again tomorrow.”
Encourage one another and build each other up!
Once in a while you get shown the light, in the strangest of places if you look at it right.
I would just say “be.” All you need to do is…be. That is all.
My soul is full of longing for the secret of the sea.
The world is a narrow bridge; the most important thing is to not be afraid.
My mom’s mantra is that she always hoped to give us roots and wings and I’m sure that’s what you are giving Layla!️
A girl should be two things: who and what she wants.
“Use your head for something other than looking pretty” – A mom classic ️
In a world where you can be anything, be kind.
“How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard” -Winnie the Pooh
You miss 100% of the dogs you don’t pet.
Life is tough, but so are you.
“Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.” -Maya Angelou
“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.” -Dr. Seuss
I don’t have any special saying but I will say practice gratitude everyday . It will change how you see things.
“She stood in the storm and when the wind did not blow her way, she adjusted her sails.” -Elizabeth Edwards
“You are a child of the universe no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.” -Max Ehrmann
Courage, dear heart.
I always told my girls, “the choices you make in life decide your life, so choose wisely.”
For last year’s words belong to last year’s language. And next year’s words await another voice. And to make an end is to make a beginning.
Be true to those who love you, those who depend on you, and above all: to yourself.
Your happiness is the greatest revenge for those who wish to bring you down.
My mom always read this quote to me every night at story time- “reading is the magic key to take you where you want to be.”
Always be kind to everyone. You never know what they are going through or when your paths will cross again.
“You catch more flies with honey than vinegar.” My mom always said this to me while I was growing up. It was a constant reminder to always be kind.
“Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Every storm runs out of rain.” -Maya Angelou
God will never put you through anything you can’t handle.
Work hard and follow your heart.
Nothing great is ever achieved without enthusiasm.
There’s only one you, be yourself.
Sprinkle kindness wherever you go.
Peace and love,