pocketful of sunshine

Randomly, at least once a day, Natasha Bedingfield’s song, Pocketful of Sunshine pops in my head like an unwelcome zit before school pictures. It’s a great song, don’t get me wrong, but as my brain finishes singing the first line, it stops itself (every single time) and says, “if you had a pocketful of sunshine, you’d be dead”. Sometimes my brain is too literal.

At six o’clock the other morning, as I was cleaning poop off Judah’s bed and just him in general (he’s getting too smart for those onesies), I threatened my brain…if it sang “Pocketful of Sunshine” at that very moment, I might lose it. Because at that very moment, I was planning my escape. I’m aware that not every mom has these moments, the ones where they just want to wave the white flag and crawl away in defeat. But I’d like to be honest with you. I have those moments often. Then of course the mom guilt rolls in with the evening tide and I belittle myself for such thoughts. If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a million times, it’s a process folks.

I’m learning to recognize why the white flag edges it’s way into my hands. Often, the root of the problem isn’t the situation at hand. Often it’s “I’m exhausted therefore, I have no perspective” or “I haven’t had any adult contact in two days…therefore I have no perspective” or simply, “I haven’t eaten a real meal since the day before…therefore I have no perspective”.


There are a ton of bible verses and spiritual things that one could say during those times of defeat (and they’re all good); But in reality, often the white flag comes out when I haven’t taken the time to do the practical-necessary things. So yes, my advice today is: do the necessary things…sleep, eat and talk to at least one adult a day. I’m giggling as I write that, but I’m also serious. As a mother, our job is to take care of everyone, including ourselves. Often I forget or feel selfish for doing something for myself, as if sitting down to eat a meal is selfish, and guess what? Often the result is a situation where nobody is getting my best.

It’s not really all that easy to take time for ourselves and have a girls night, we aren’t always blessed with a full night’s sleep and we don’t always have time to sit down and eat a leisurely meal. But I think planning even just one thing each week that refuels us (whether your a mom or not) is one of the most beneficial things for not just us, but the entire family. It’s sort of like preventative medicine…getting ahead of the white-flag-retreating-moments and nipping them in the bud.

What’s one thing you do that refuels you on a regular basis?

Veterinary medicine

Veterinary medicine is the branch of medicine that deals with the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disease, disorder and injury in non-human animals. The scope of veterinary medicine is wide, covering all animal species, both domesticated and wild, with a wide range of conditions which can affect different species.

Veterinary medicine is widely practiced, both with and without professional supervision. Professional care is most often led by a veterinary physician (also known as a vet, veterinary surgeon or veterinarian), but also by paraveterinary workers such as veterinary nurses or technicians. This can be augmented by other paraprofessionals with specific specialisms such as animal physiotherapy or dentistry, and species relevant roles such as farriers.

Veterinary science

Veterinary science helps human health through the monitoring and control of zoonotic disease (infectious disease transmitted from non-human animals to humans), food safety, and indirectly through human applications from basic medical research. They also help to maintain food supply through livestock health monitoring and treatment, and mental health by keeping pets healthy and long living. Veterinary scientists often collaborate with epidemiologists, and other health or natural scientists depending on type of work. Ethically, veterinarians are usually obliged to look after animal welfare.

Deepwood Veterinary Clinic

11 December 2018

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