We all have our own unique goals we would like to see ourselves achieve, yet we wrestle with the idea that there simply is not enough time in a day to tackle all that is expected of us, let alone dive into those deep-seated passions that have lied dormant. We can’t physically fit it all into ONE day; however, we can assess and organize our time so that we are better utilizing the time that we have. If you are up for it, I have a challenge for you that will lead you to a more motivated, productive and fulfilling lifestyle.
At some point, some, if not all of us, might find ourselves in a state of autopilot–absentmindedly running through those many functions we know we must complete to avoid certain chaos, but “barely there.” The cost of lingering in that state for too long is greater than one might think. When we live on autopilot, we are unknowingly missing out on those precious, ever-fleeting opportunities to embrace the essence of this very moment with our children.
As parents, we all wrestle with feeling as though there is not an end to the demands we face every day while caring for our children and our home. It can become overwhelming and discouraging as we work tirelessly, only to have the dishes pile up, the toys strewn across the floor once more, and all within less than 24 hours. We ask ourselves, “when does it end?” I promise there is an end, but more vanishes in that moment than we realize.
This post charts the many ways life and even my personality are forever altered from having children. The obvious, ugly truths among the unknown, beautiful reality. It is my hope that any mom who wrestles with similar emotions is reminded of the unmatched beauty in this sometimes difficult season.
Too often our thoughts and spoken words are spent grumbling about what we have. We often can’t see our answered prayers when we begin our day because we wear a macro lens and are focused on the things we wish we could change about ourselves or our lives. We see the endless cycle of housework and assignments as a curse, while others see them as a blessing. It is time for us to take care of our blessings and here’s how.
Something that I have struggled with and have heard other mommas echo, is that our self-esteem postpartum is lower than before we became pregnant. The sad reality can be, while we were comparing ourselves to others before, we look at our postpartum bodies now and we are comparing ourselves to an earlier version.