This one is for all the moms out there.
Or if you know someone that is a mom and you see them trying to do everything and they’ve shared with you how overwhelmed they feel… please share this with them or take a moment to listen to this podcast.
The 2:37 in the morning reference is to the podcast. It’s that random time in the middle of the night we’ve all experienced waking up and our minds just being so full of all that needs to get done and wondering “how far can one of me with all my frailties go among all these needs”.
I think I can speak for so many moms when I describe that pressure that builds internally when you think of everything that needs to get done and say yes to everything. Not only is that fixed mindset impossible but we add so much crazy pressure to our lives. I can’t tell you how long and how often I have struggled with being all things to all people – even more so since becoming a mom, and how terribly defeated I felt when I failed being able to be that day after day. It’s so exhausting and draining mentally, physically, and emotionally.
I’ve been a mom for 9 years now and it’s taken me that long to finally give myself grace and truly allow myself to be in that grace. To know that my ability to be a good woman, wife, mom is absolutely not measured by all that I can get done. It has taken me so long to get here and to truly be okay with this, and yes I still have days when I struggle with it.
When I read my past posts from 3-5 years ago and the memories come flooding back of where those words/feelings came from that I shared; I literally wish I could go back and hold myself and say to myself “you sweet daughter of God, you do not need to do all these things. You are doing more than enough and I wish you could see that where you are presently.” I wish I had been more gentle on myself. If you’re struggling right now, be gentle with yourself.
I wish I had loved myself with my strengths and weaknesses, without putting so many unreachable expectations on myself. I wish I had known how much God loved me then and still loves me now exactly as I am, with all that I am able to and not able to do.
If you’re in the midst of the muddle, please give yourself grace and love yourself. Tell yourself all these things I just wrote and keep saying them to yourself until you believe them. I believe in you and that you can get to that place. ❤️