The opportunity not obligation of Life.

“We become happier, much happier, when we realize that life is an opportunity rather than an obligation.” ~ Mary Augustine

In hustling about our daily lives, we all often feel some degree of stress. Whether it’s being busy with work, home, kids, family, medical, financial, well-being, etc, you just feel stressed. Lots of obligations. Such a compulsory word, obligations.

Sooo, going into this weekend, I am making a conscious decision to flip these obligations on their head and look at them as opportunities. I am currently sitting in the parking lot at Ralphs where I now will have the opportunity to go grocery shopping. In light of this opportunity, I have also decided to cook a nice dinner for KSP and me using my very favorite chef Barefoot Contessa’s(Ina Garten) cookbooks. After this I will take the opportunity to pay our bills which I have been dreading as they have piled up in the move (pretty sure people will start calling soon, Shannon Pruitt, who?:) just kidding I am fiscally responsible). Even as I say it, I am chuckling inside but I do feel better about what used to be chores but are now recategorized. Already, ‘mynewfavoriteday’ is better! (I know, know you are probably thinking wow her life is so glamourous…I am sure you are jealous!) So now, you too can give it a try and good luck making today, Saturday and Sunday ‘yournewfavoritedays’ full of opportunities like laundry, yard work, catch up, honey-dos and the best opportunity of all being here, alive, spending time with family, friends, pets, or even yourself as a little quality time with oneself can be a gift in itself. What a lovely opportunity we all have to make each day our ‘newfavoriteday’.

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About Shannon Pruitt from 'Mynewfavoriteday'

Welcome to 'mynewfavoriteday. This space is about gratitude and connecting through being open, vulnerable and real. I hope you will enjoy my take on motivation, inspiration and advocacy and will take the opportunity to tell me of your own thoughts and stories. Why I started 'mynewfavoriteday.' I am a childhood surviving, divorced, now happily married, IVF (and now natural pregnancy) success story, working mother of 2 amazing babies who were born 12 weeks premature. As life often seems to surprise you when you least expect it, we added another sweet baby girl M to our family in July of 2013. While our angel minis, Q and E are now 7 years old, our son, Q, has thrived while our daughter, E, has had a much more difficult journey. She is considered special needs and in September of 2012 was diagnosed with a rare genetic disorder called Angelman Syndrome. And so, as she has grown, so do we as individuals and as family. How to help her, how to celebrate our differences while allowing ourselves to cope with the challenges that we never knew to expect. Thus, while much of this blog is based on our experiences (good and not-so-good), it is also based on how we must not let ourselves become victims of our circumstances but rather advocate in our own lives. A little bit about me and who I am. In my professional life I am a marketer in the Entertainment Industry; however, ‘mynewfavoriteday,’ was not born of entertainment or marketing but rather as a pathway to help myself and others as we try to define who we are as parents, family members, spouses, friends, colleagues and people. I believe in never judging a book by its cover. Every cover is different, and no matter what your cover looks like, you never know how someone's book is written. Like mine. From the outside, you might never know what truly makes me who I am or what I believe. This blog explores the pages on the inside of my book. My vulnerabilities, fears, happiness, and all my triggers through the lens of being grateful for all the amazing blessings I know I have received but sometimes forget in the challenges of daily life. Thanks again for dropping by. I hope you will come back, subscribe, comment, share, and/or just hang out and be inspired or motivated to make each day for yourself or someone else 'anewfavoriteday.' By being here, you have certainly helped to make it mine. xo, Shannon

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