I'm still on an emotional high from last weekend when I spent quality time with my oldest son, daughter-in-law and 11-year-old granddaughter. We had such good conversations, enjoyed healthy and delicious food, and made more beautiful memories.
My granddaughter and I had an afternoon for pure "grandma time," and we spent it playing—miniature golf, go-karts and games in the arcades that she liked. We did some shopping and had fun trying on sandals with bling! We also found some good bargains in summer clothes for her. What fun we had. The next day we relaxed at the spa with pedicures and manicures.
Beyond the pure enjoyment of this time, it carries special significance for me because it reflects my values and priorities. I value family. I especially value the grandparent-grandchild connection. I think it's a deeply important relationship to nurture. I can play a very different role in Olivia's life, for example, than can her parents, my son and daughter-in-law.
In addition, I value time spent in letting "little Sonia" come out to play. One of the ways I do that is with my grandchildren. And that one-on-one time is just the best.
Are you living out of your values? Have you thought about what they are? Do a reality check today and see how you're spending your time—and whether it's truly reflective of the values you hold dear.
If not, you know what to do. And if you'd like to work on this, please contact me for a no-obligation, complimentary strategy consultation.