Hey fellow working moms and mom entrepreneurs,
As we all know, being a working mom is no easy task. We often juggle multiple responsibilities, both at home and in the workplace, and it can be easy to neglect our own self-care. I know this all too well, as I recently experienced an injury that forced me to take a step back and reevaluate my priorities.
It all started when I got injured a month before I turned 49. I thought it was just a bad sprain and that I would be back to normal in no time. But as it turned out, I had not only broken a bone in my foot, but also tore a major ligament, requiring surgery. This experience was a real inconvenience for me, especially since I was just getting back into the swing of things post-pandemic in my day job at my local food bank as an outreach coordinator, and in my business as an entrepreneur.
But as I was becoming more and more frustrated with being out of commission, I started giving a lot of thought to who I am and what I want out of life. And what I found is that I knew somewhat of the answer, but it didn’t match up with how I felt about myself. It’s funny how having to sit with yourself will make space for you to really take an honest look at what makes you happy and where you feel unfulfilled.
The time I took just sitting and thinking, laying down and thinking brought me to realize that what I truly desire going forward in my life was Joy. Joy that could be felt and experienced by me and those around me no matter the circumstances.
Once I realized just how important Joy had become for me, and how aware I had become that I hadn’t experienced real Joy in a while, it has now become one of the top priorities and values for my life and business. And as we know from the Bible, Joy is one of the fruits of the spirit. Galatians 5:22-23 says, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.”
So, as working moms and mom entrepreneurs, let’s strive to cultivate joy in our lives, not just for ourselves but for the sake of our families and the people around us. It’s not always easy, but it’s always worth it. And remember, self-care, especially the cultivation of joy, is crucial for us. When we take care of ourselves, we’re better equipped to handle the demands of motherhood and entrepreneurship.
Take care of yourself, and let’s strive for Joy in our lives.