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Mom's, in my opinion, are some of the toughest, most resilient people on earth. But sometimes our self worth, and identity, gets lost when we let taking care of others consume our every day, start to compare ourselves to others, or when others thrust their (usually unwanted) opinions about how we choose to do things on to us.
Let's be clear about something...If you have spit another human out of your body (no matter how that human got here), you are amazing! You are brave! You are capable of anything, including miracles (you freaking birthed a miracle)! And you are BEAUTIFUL!
I think mama's forget what we were put on this earth to do. Yes, we were made to bear and nurture other human beings. We are the caretakers, housemaids, chefs, doctors, teachers, and so much more, of our household (even if we have an outside career). But is that why we were put here? Hell no it's not!
We, just like every other person, were put here to love ourselves, our life and to follow our passions and dreams. I don't feel like a lot of mama's do that. We have somehow become accustomed to thinking that our children and families are our passions, and that is simply not always true.
What would you be doing if you didn't have kids? Would you be a blogger? Travel the world? Start your own business? It's time for you to start planning to do that "thing" now. Yes, I know you have kids to take care of. I know you are super busy. I know they take up every free minute you have. But if you can set even 30 minutes aside, everyday, to just imagine, visualize, and plan this one part of your life, taking a teeny tiny baby step toward the things that light up your heart, you will get there.
And you know what? Along the way you won't lose your "self" like so many other mama's do on this motherhood journey. You won't lose your joy. You'll be able to fully give yourself to your children and family because you won't feel like you're sacrificing yourself for everyone else.
And once those babies are all grown up and moved out, you'll have an amazing plan for the rest of your life that you can fully immerse yourself into. You will have simultaneously guided their lives and built yours at the same time.
Doesn't that feel awesome? Aren't you excited to see your future?
Take care of yourself mama. It makes all the difference in your world, and theirs.
I'm a mama of three crazy, hilarious, amazing kids and the owner of an in home daycare for over 11 years.