Wow, this past week has been crazy for me. Well really the past 2.5-3 weeks since I went to the ER. (I shared a little about that here). Anyways, I thought I was all better, but last Friday I started to feel sick again. It was different than when I went to the ER though. Instead of sharp pains, it was just a nauseas feeling in my stomach. It is hard to explain, but I felt that in my stomach, an uneasiness, but didn't actually feel like I would throw up. Anyways, on Saturday I drove 5 hours to be with my family for 5 days, eager to enjoy time with them, and excited to get to workout with my mom....Well that didn't goes as planned. On Sunday I felt sick again for the days to follow. I love 9 lbs from Friday-Tuesday, (although I was eating). I felt super weak and had that nasty feeling in my stomach.
It was not a fun time for me. Finally on Tuesday I felt a little better, and by Wednesday, I felt pretty normal. I tell you all of this to let you know where I've been and what I've been up to, since my blogging has been a little sparse lately. I hate that, but I had no energy or desire to get on the computer and blog.
Now though I am super excited, have a list of all sorts of things I'm ready to share with y'all, and am working on some super fun stuff for the summer! So get excited!
So today I just want to shortly share with you, especially from the place of being Mommy...
FINDING PASSION AMONGST THE MUNDANE
We all deal with it.
We all get that feeling of just going with the flow without a real purpose.
Especially for mom's who have tasks to get done for their children and family's. Sometimes it's hard to remember ourselves and what we are passionate about. It's hard to see that we are making a difference larger than helping our child not have poop all over their bum. It's easy to forget the things that we were created for and made to do. The things that make our wheels turn and our hearts beat faster. The things that we are passionate about.
Even if you aren't a mom. Even if you are LIVING your passion.
Sometimes you still need a little reminder that what you are doing is meaningful and making a difference. A rejuvenation of your passions!
So HOW DO YOU DO IT? How in the midst of life do you find the passion?
The first thing I would say about taking time to find your passion, is you have to make time for it. I think that is one of the problems. Is that we get so caught up in what we are doing, (even if it is the thing we are most passionate about). We need to separate ourselves from those things and take time to get rejuvenated. Here are some ways I share to RECHARGE, you might try one of these things.
Whatever you do, take time out for yourself. That would be awesome if you could do that for a vacation, or a weekend away. Obviously though that's not always possible. So even just an evening of time, or a couple of hours. Whatever works for you, take time to focus on yourself!
Next is introspection. During the TIME you are setting aside, spending time looking inwards. My first suggestion if you are a Christian is to let the Lord rejuvenate you during this time. Ask him to remind you about the things he has put on your heart that you are passionate about. As him to show you your identity as YOU, (not as mom), and the things he created you for.
Then, spend time writing these things down.
Ask these questions as you write:
-What am I doing right now to make a difference in my world, or the lives of others? (little or big)
-Who are people that I help?
-What are my giftings?
-What's my favorite thing in the world to do?
-What am I passionate about?
-What gets my wheels turning in the best way?
-What makes me so happy?
-What are the things that I love being a part of?
-What makes me feel like I am helping in a big way?
-When I do this, I feel like I am impacting the world? (even just the world around you)
Then there are people. Are you surrounding yourself with life-giving, encouraging people on a regular basis? That will definitely help you on a day-to-day basis feel purposeful!
If not...FIND NEW FRIENDS!
Find people that are uplifting and motivating. Go on a friend date and take time to DREAM TOGETHER! Go deeper than mommy talk! Tell your friend you are going for coffee and don't want to talk about babies and diapers. Instead, ask each other the questions above! or do that with your spouse.
Give the people that you live life with permission to ask you hard questions! It will help!
Surrounding yourself with motivational people who are going after their dreams will rub off on you. Getting around people who are passionate about the same things you are helps too! Brainstorm together, help each other find your mojo again. Sometimes even just one amazing conversation over coffee can be what you need to be reminded of why you are passionate about what you are doing. It can be enough to rejuvenate you for a while. The next time you leave a meeting feeling that way, make getting with that person a regular thing. You need those kind of people in your life on a weekly/monthly basis!
We were not made to do life alone. So stop trying to! Let others in, and find encouragement and excitement from them. And get rid of those people who drain you consistently....that is not helpful!
4) Your Yes's & Your No's
So....now that you might be getting reminded of your passion some, are you doing it? Stop thinking that living out your goals and dreams have to be something for the future! TAKE A STEP, A LEAP TOWARDS IT NOW! Don't wait! Who knows what doors will open once you take one step!
So, take a look at your life. What are you saying yes to? Is your schedule jam packed with no room for anything else? MAKE ROOM. Start to say no to things....
YES, even if it's another activity that your child wants to be a part of. You do not "owe" them. They don't have to be a part of every single activity on the planet. Just because you say no to an extra curricular activity does not mean you are depriving them. (yes those activities are good, but there is such a thing as activity overload which impacts you and them! Clear the schedule. Let them pick ONE activity to be a part of.)
Evaluate your Yes's and your No's. Set boundaries for yourself. Start to say YES to things that align with your passion, seek out places where you can make a difference and feel needed other than just in your home!
Start FINDING THE PASSION AMONGST THE MUNDANE!
You can do this! Try these steps and see if you leave a little clearer minded, and more passionate, and ready to start living your dreams!
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