As part of the recommended healing regimen for my postpartum depression, my doctor suggests that I exercise actively at least 45 minutes 3x a week. This is after I've been healing from foot surgery, so I've pushed myself to get out in the mornings and go for a run around our neighborhood.
Wilder loves being in the jogger, snacking all along the way. Sometimes, we run as a family, and I will pace ahead of @julesdangerfox pushing #WildeLove, so that she giggles and says, "Mama shadow!" Because she can see the abstract shape of me on the cement beside her seat.
On the way home, we run past this park complete with moss-covered lake, and there is one lone duck.
Wilder calls out each time, dirt and sticks crunching beneath my feet, "Duckie! Where is the duckie!" Inevitably, we spot him (or her) and Wilder gleefully points. Today, Jules took her to the park for swinging and sun, and sent me this photo.
The duck came to greet her and pecked at the snack she had in her hands, then it followed her around for 15 minutes.
Maybe it knew that she is the girl who calls to it from the walkway in the distance in the morning. Or maybe it could sense how much she loves it, empathic the two of them are.
This was a beautiful image to be greeted with after therapy today. After realizing that my daughter's response to my outward laughter and recent reading of an actual book of my own beside her as a means of relaxing is making such a big difference, she notices.
As a mama on a mission, there can be no greater reward than my daughter's joy, because as much as I believe I am building my business for me, I am doing it truly for her. And, for our family.
So she can always have moments like these.
Why are you building your business? What's your big WHY?