Are you making bright and shiny new goals for the New Year? Dusting off your resolve to try/be/change into something else? Or perhaps just surviving as we swing into 2018? Wherever you are at- I challenge you today to honor it. I challenge you to CELEBRATE it.
I’m working in that very same tough, hard, soul-digging place right now. Honoring where I am and knowing that I have come a long, long way from last year.
That is why I want you to sit down and take just 5 minutes this month to do a journaling exercise. I even included a fancy-schmancy printable if you happen to be near a computer/printer. If not, just write this on a piece of paper:
Good Job Mom: 2017
Got it? Good! Next, I want you to make a list of awesomesauce mom things you accomplished last year. No feat is too small! To inspire you, I went ahead and added my own below. Here’s why you need to do this as we kick of 2018:
You are already mastering the job that is most important in your life: serving your family.
You do this job 365 days a year, and whether you work in/out/around on top/beside/whatever/ of your home- this mom-job is 24/7. It’s our main deal. But with everything else to manage on top of momming, it is really easy to forget what great work we are doing!
Being a parent is not something that comes with a pay raise or a prize. But it does come with tremendous, heart squeezing love, devotion, and hopefully a side of silliness from time to time that helps us get out of bed in the morning.
I frequently feel like I’m failing, multiple times a day. I felt like that too much in 2017. It perhaps came from the stage we were in (toddler town!), but I also think it came from being IN it, full-on-mom-mode all the time. I admit it was/is hard for me to step back and realize all the things I am getting right. It is exhausting to be a roller coaster, and so I’m stepping off.
I will not live in a state where I can never see what good I am doing.
I will not live a life that only celebrates my successes in a career. As much as I love working, my main work is what happens in my home.
We can change how we see ourselves, one shared joy at a time. Today I’m celebrating All the wonderful ways I am rocking motherhood.
Join me! Let’s celebrate All the ways YOU are rocking motherhood. If you feel like sharing your good job mom, just tag it! #goodjobmom2017, I can’t wait to read your celebration of motherhood. Way to go mama~ cheers to US!
Here’s my Good Job Mom 2017:
- We actually accomplished potty training.
- We kept up the potty training on a family trip to Italy- it is pretty hilarious to think back at us popping out the travel toilet around the ancient walls of Pompeii!
- I slowly cut back her pacifier. Hubby wanted us to cut her off cold turkey by my instinct was to gradually trim the tip back. It took us about 6 weeks, but eventually it was trimmed down to the nub, and she threw it away herself!!
- We finally decided that homeschooling was for US right now. After a lot of sitting on the fence, it felt good to pick a side.
- However, ^ continuing to stay at home with our daughter also helped us get secondary childcare for a few hours a few days a week. I am getting better at not trying to kill every hour away from her with work. There were a few days I actually went out to lunch or *gasp* just read a book alone in my bed! Goodbye mom guilt- I’m so much better when I get just a few moments away.
- I’ve always had the hope of being a mom-maker. This year I honored that and made her a quilt as well as our Halloween costumes.
- She knows about God because I stopped pushing God away and fell back in love with faith.
- We went away (just my husband and I) on a six day, five night journey. It was incredibly hard to leave her, but it was amazing for the two of us. Being a “good” mom to me also reminds me to be a great wife.
- I make sure to call our family, frequently so she can continue to have a relationship with her grandparents.
- We moved around the world. And set up a new home. We keep loving each other through each challenging step.
Looking at this list, perhaps these are my real rewards from last year. As gratifying as it is to move forward with writing and my own goals, above feels like a list of my life. The living, breathing life that surrounds me daily.
My goal for motherhood in 2018 is to embrace my word, “flow”. I will continue to lead by example BUT make sure that I am not taking a break only when I am finally burnt out.
What can I celebrate with YOU today mama? What is your goal as a mom for 2018?
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Go Mama Go! Celebrating whatever wins you have coming your way.