Isn’t that a beautiful quote? (source)
Let’s just let it sink in for a minute. I know so many of you are struggling with “doing it all”. Being the perfect mother and wife. Working outside of the home or never finding one second to yourself if you stay home with your kids. Trying to be all the things to all the people all the time.
It’s rough, and I get it. Something about me getting towards the end of this pregnancy and realizing my whole world is about to change (again), has made me stop and realize that all these little things that seem so important, really are not. I do not have to have a perfectly clean house all the time. It’s okay if the laundry piles never end. No one minds when I don’t have the energy to cook dinner and order a pizza instead.
What’s important is that I’m present for my family. That instead of rushing Hudson out the door each morning that I take a few minutes to cuddle with him in bed. The sloppy kisses and chubby toddler hands grabbing my face and whispering “I love you mama” in my ear make it all worth it.
We don’t have to do it all. We don’t have to be perfect bloggers with pinterest worthy posts every day. We just have to “be all here”…wherever that may be, in whatever we are doing.
Want to join me?
In a society that is soooooooooooooooo about 'showing everyone what we are doing' instead of enjoying the moment it's TOUGH to just be present. To not stress about yesterday and to not worry about tomorrow, but to just be HERE…in this moment. I've made a conscious decision this year to just BE and it's helped my frame of mind about life immensely. You keep being the great wife, mama and friend you are, lady :)!
Ashley @ Life on the Parsons Farm says
Oh Julie I love this and such a great reminder!! Dang Pinterest and those bloggers with all the money make us sometimes feel like we don't measure. But if you do you your doing great!!
Oh this is just so perfect!!! I struggled for a long time with this, until I FINALLY realized that I don't have to be superwoman. My house is rarely spotless. Laundry is often sitting in the dryer for days. The dishes are always piled in the sink because I hate to empty the dishwasher. This quote is perfect; a beautiful reminder!!! XO
I'm coming out of lurker-dom to say, thank you for this! I'm expecting my second baby next week & my husband just reminded me today that, hey, we are only a family of 3 for a few more days. Let's throw out my (LONG) to do list, and just enjoy the weekend as a family. I try to do all, be all, all the time & this is a great reminder for me. Good luck on the rest of your pregnancy!
Amen. That's all I have to say that this post. Amen. I am with you, Mama!
Elizabeth Birenbaum says
You hit the nail on the head. In blogging, I used to feel pressure to post 5 times a week. Pressure from who? Nobody but myself. And when I didn't, I felt the need to apologize. Why? Nobody but me was stressed out that I didn't post that many times, so when I want to spend a little extra time cuddling Mason, watching TV with my husband, or just going to bed early. At home, I always feel all the pressure to do everything in such a short amount of time since I am gone at work so much. So, YES. YES. I am with you on this!
I think this is SO important, and sometimes so hard to do if you dont realize it. Love that you are taking the time to reflect and spend those times being present. Pizza for dinner and quality time is a win! 🙂
Christina @ Still Lucky says
Yes Julie! I feel that way all the time, why do we put pressure on ourselves? Thanks for the reminder!
Meg O. says
YES! So true! Loved this.