The Last Week of Summer

Here we are in the last week of summer. The last summer my son will be a seven-year-old as he approaches birthday number eight in September and will be starting school next week.

I am experiencing highs and lows. I would be lying if I said I was not eager to regain my daily freedom and that I do not enjoy structure and routine the school year brings to our home. Early bedtimes, early rising, and knowing my child is in good hands and learning all the things to prepare him for life.

But I see and hear him voicing insecurity and thoughts of the unknown.

Will his teacher be a good match for his wildly curious, easily bored, silly, and vocal personality?

Will he make new friends?

All the “what if’s” and “what nots” we have all experienced as children and in adulthood.

We are preparing to attend the back-to-school bash tomorrow night where he will find out who his second grade teacher will be and meet new classmates— and reconnect with the old friends and teachers from school. An exciting time of nervous butterflies that will couple with realizing it’s not all that scary…. I am reminding myself.

He’s growing up.

He’s got this.

He’s a good kid.

He’s a smart boy.

He’s friendly and outgoing.

He’s imaginative.

He’s funny.

He’s my awesome boy.

So if you are like me and worry over your children and want to watch them succeed and have a place in the world, set your mind at ease.

You’ve got this.

But while other parents are preparing their kids already with routines and early lights out, we will be enjoying the last moments of summer.

Holding onto the fun and whimsy.

Leaving a sparkling trail of memories behind us.

– Alison Paul Klakowicz

Author of Mommy’s Big, Red Monster Truck

https://www.amazon.com/Mommys-Big-Red-Monster-Truck/dp/1525530178

http://www.alisonpaulklakowicz.com

Alison Paul Klakowicz is an Eastern North Carolina native, children’s book author, blogger, podcaster and creative writer. She is a military spouse who resides in Fayetteville, NC with her husband, Adam, and son, Mak.

Self-Doubt is Just the Worst!

Self-Doubt is a cancer that feeds on your every insecurity.

Even when things are going well in your life, self-doubt creeps up your spine through your organs, into your neck and right into your brain.

It spreads and spreads— and before you know it, you talk yourself out of everything you wish to accomplish.

But, why???

Why does this happen?

This is my take:

I think for many of us it’s natural to worry and to second guess oneself. It’s inherently part of our human psyche to doubt ourselves.

I’m not good enough— sound familiar?

How about— no one wants to bother with me.

And this— I’m not worthy.

Well that right there folks is the devil working on your mind.

Prodding his pitchfork into your sides and saying, “They are going to laugh at you! Who do you think you are? You are nobody!”

Well, I’m gonna tell y’all something.

You are worthy.

You are someone.

Forget what you think people may or may not think of you.

Focus on your goals.

Create tangible, smart, concrete plans and start working it out.

Little by little.

One baby step at a time.

And you will begin to see significant changes in your life.

Stop doubting your dreams.

Dreams are the stuff that design your future.

Whether you want to write books, sell art, play guitar in a band, have the lead in a stage production, open a boutique or a coffee shop, restaurateur, spin instructor, cosmetologist, nurse— these are completely normal and accomplishable goals.

I cannot emphasize the importance of research.

RESEARCH.

Educate and empower yourself.

Go to your web browser and type in the words driving or inhibiting your dreams.

Read articles.

Look up college prerequisites.

Look at reviews.

View tutorials on YouTube.

Ask for help— Professional, personal or spiritual. People are out there and want to help you believe in yourself.

Sign up for “feel good” seminars and small business collaborations.

Talk to people.

Put yourself out there.

Do not allow self-doubt to ruin your life plans.

Change is necessary to move on from your fears and get closer to YOU.

Seriously.

Like the old Nike campaign, “Just Do It!”

Stop making excuses about why you can’t.

YOU CAN!

-Alison Paul Klakowicz, BA, MS

Author of Mommy’s Big, Red Monster Truck

http://www.alisonpaulklakowicz.com

Alison Paul Klakowicz is a North Carolina native, children’s book author, blogger, podcaster and creative writer. She is a military spouse who resides in Fayetteville, NC with her husband, Adam, and son, Mak.