We can prioritize self-care all day long, butif we don't accept ourselves we will never achieve the sense of peace our soul craves. Women are taught from a very young age to compare ourselves to other women. Moms are no exception. In fact, I think moms struggle with this most of all. We see what others are doing and instantly feel like we aren’t doing enough. Our kids aren’t as well behaved, our house isn’t as clean, we don’t make enough home-cooked meals, we yell too much...the list goes on and on. We can go from feeling content and happy to utterly awful in a matter of minutes. Comparison really is the thief of joy.
We must learn to extend ourselves grace and patience. We have to lower our ridiculous standards, let go of the desire to prove our worth through actions, and leave room for rest, self-love, and simple self-indulgent pleasures. We have to stop pushing ourselves to be “enough” so we can actually enjoy this season of our life.
Your value is not connected to how hard you work, the effort you exert, or how much you give.
Stop confusing perfection, effort, and sacrifice with love. Love doesn’t have anything to do with homemade Halloween costumes, giving up your career, or putting yourself last. Love is about being there with your whole being, allowing yourself to give and receive, and totally BE present, no matter what.
You have nothing to prove or earn. You are worthy of rest, help, and the love you so freely give everyone else. You are perfectly imperfect, as we all are. And that’s enough momma.
You are a human BEING, not a human doing.
Accept and love yourself where you are, without conditions or objections.
Our kids will take a happy, present, imperfect mom over a perfect, exhausted, resentful, one any day.
You are enough. You are more than enough.
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