We've all been there, you dash in and out of the door as your kids scramble to get in the car and you're off. Coffee in hand, hair in a bun, and you have not a minute to spare. You drop off your kids at school, the world as their oyster. You come home or merge lanes to head to the office or gym. Strangely, you feel as though you have run a marathon and its only 730 am.
One thing comes to mind on these occasional early mornings: when can I catch a break? Not a break from your kids- from your life. Not a break from the joy of motherhood. Not a break from caring, providing for, crying with, or laughing at your kids. But instead:
A break to ....take a breathe and be...to figure it out...to read...to breathe...to rejuvenate.
To educate. To refine. To rest. To BE.
It's not easy, lets be honest. But, you're in this for the long haul and that means that you will need to have strategy and ability to run the distance. It is ok to pull over at the rest stop, we all need that at times. With that said,
Here are our top 3 must-do's to stay afloat:
1. Prioritize it: Hard things first. This is our greatest secret. Write down 3 things that must be done (for us this is two practicals and one step toward accomplishing our big picture goal). Remember, writing down your actions for the day is key to accomplishing them before the hectic here-and-theres come at you!
2. Read it: We live in an incredible day and age. Fast facts are more accessible than ever before. The hang up can be in the validity of them in the sea of authors and internet entrepreneurs. That is where asking around is the quickest and key way to find what works for you. When it comes to us and education for all things "mom", we have learned so much from the incredible team at mybabycare.org to name just one!
3. Speak it: Speaking out what not only you are thankful for each morning, but what your purpose is in each action and interaction will change your entire day. Try it. For us this looks like:
"As a mom today, I get the chance to care for others, to sustain life and be there for my children. They don't have another me in this world, and I am going to give my very best today in caring for them. I am not guaranteed tomorrow. I have the choice and I choose to love them and train them up in the way they should go today. What a joy and honor it is to be me today."
"As a mom, I will love, correct, and care for my family today. This will look like_____"
It sounds rudimentary in some ways but don't underestimate the power of spoken word in your household and the readjustment of your heart for the day!
May craziness is nothing new, you are almost there! Keep it up, Aledo Moms!