Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Finding Your Passion & Pursuing It - Part 1

As a stay at home mom it can be very easy to put your passions and dreams on the back burner. Diaper changing, meal making, and house cleaning consumes your day and before you know it you’re so exhausted all you can think about is your bed. So someone please tell me when will I find time to read a book, try a new recipe, or paint my toe nails??? There are days when all I want is to eat a meal in silence with no little hands picking off my plate or returning to a plate of cold food due to some sort of dramatic melt down that needed my attention. Yes, all true stories and I’m pretty certain some of you reading this can feel my pain. 

This is only a season. Temporary. You will survive, I promise. By the way, I say this to myself all the time, I don’t have this down! I have a four year old, a two year old, and a five month old so I am still in this and I'm still learning. I know some moms who feel like failures for feeling the way they do. You are NOT a failure. You have the toughest job in the world and it is okay to have a bad day. It is hard and difficult. Quickly, a few things you can do to prepare yourself before you have a melt down.

  • Wake up before your kids and have some quiet time. Read your bible, journal, and pray. God will give you the strength you need for that day.
  • Take a deep breath and take a time out. For five minutes lock yourself in a room and just breathe. 
  •  Find a support system. It could be your spouse, a good friend or a mom’s group. I’m sure they’d all be willing to pray for you during the tough times or give a lending hand.

Do you know what fuels you? What gives you energy for the day? What do you enjoy doing? There are a few things I know I need daily or I will be grumpy and mean. I need time to read my Bible, I need my coffee, I have to read at least a chapter or two of one of my books I'm reading, and I need some writing/journaling time for myself. For a long time now I’ve been wanting to blog. I enjoy writing and for me it’s something I’m passionate about. I see it as ministry. This fuels me, it gets my creative wheels turning, and it brings just pure joy to my heart. 

There’s a lot to be said about this subject and I think moms don’t allow themselves the freedom to dream  because they feel it’s selfish. It is not. Your children and your spouse need a healthy mom (physically, emotionally, spiritually). Tomorrow I will talking about the following:

  • Practical ways to figure out what fuels you daily, weekly, and monthly.
  • When is the right time to pursue my passions?
  • Ideas on putting your passions into practice/pursuing it.
  • Resources that have helped me in this subject and could help you.
"Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go." - Joshua 1:9

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