Wholeness in Both
I love being a mom and I love working. Sometimes those two loves that bring me too much joy can cause tension and stress if I am not careful. I will take on too much work and feel the mom guilt hit me hard. If I don't work enough I am not sure I am doing all I need to in order to provide for Sawyer. Cue the tension.
I was in this stress/tension work/life battle that so many of us face when I stumbled across the newest issue of Magnolia Journal. In it Joanna Gaines wrote an article that felt like she was speaking right to me.
Instead of striving for work life balance, she challenged the reader to find wholeness in both. That as a business owner and mamma, we will never find balance. Somedays out babies will need us more and other days we will need to stay late at work. Instead of forever trying to balance the scales, which often comes out of guilt, let's find wholeness in each.
For me that means uninterrupted time with Sawyer every day. Playing, snuggling, learning, and doing my best to be there, soaking in the moment. Then, it means dedicated distraction-free work time. Diving into my work and giving it my best.
This concept was a paradigm shift for me. And through it I have started to shed the stress and tension that was following me around most days. And man, does that feel good!
Quote of the Month
“I do not believe one can settle how much we ought to give. I am afraid the only safe rule is to give more than we can spare. In other words, if our expenditure on comforts, luxuries, amusements, etc, is up to the standard common among those with the same income as our own, we are probably giving away too little. If our charities do not at all pinch or hamper us, I should say they are too small. There ought to be things we should like to do and cannot do because our charitable expenditure excludes them." - C.S. Lewis
Truly, Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year! Full of family and get togethers, and parties, food, snow, pajama-clad mornings and lots and lots of shopping. Which I think is all good, too! I love getting gifts for friends and family, and honestly, I love getting gifts too. But sometimes in the hustle and bustle, I need to be reminded that giving, without gain, is the most important of all.
Guys, I am so so so behind the times, but I finally got an Instant Pot. OBSESSED! I have been experimenting with it, cooking various recipes, but mainly my ultimate love is that it can cook beans from dry in 25 minutes. TWENTY FIVE MINUTES. This has changed my life.
This water bottle has been seriously upping my hydration! I often forget to drink water during the day but having this bottle nearby is a constant reminder to drink up. I love that it is glass instead of plastic and having a straw makes drinking even easier. And it can all be tossed in the dishwasher.
Tis the season for pealing veggies (potatoes, squash, carrots...) and this peeler is a must. It is the first peeler I have ever owned that can easily peel off tough squash skin like it's butter. I have owned this peeler for years and nothing has been able to stop it yet.
Reading! Snuggling into a squishy couch with a good book and some hot cocoa has been my favorite winter pastime. I ran through this fast paced trilogy, got lost in this page turner, and am in the middle of this devotional where each chapter is loaded with wisdom.
Sawyers hair. Never not obsessing over it.