Early on in my “at-home” journey, I had many “I CAN’T DO THIS” moments.
From feeling extremely unorganized and stressed out to literally crying out of frustration and unfulfillment, I was a mom who struggled with being at home.
To be honest, transitioning from the corporate world to the “at-home” world was a challenge for me.
You know, I truly believe that I went through a mourning period over my career and outside opportunities.
But I’m pretty sure I’m not alone with these experiences.
I’m certain that you and I can share the common bond of feeling overwhelmed at times and second guessing our decision to stay home and even to homeschool.
However, in 2020, I embarked on a growth journey that literally changed my life.
As someone who’s had her struggles with being an “at-home” mom , I had to realize that there are no quick-fixes or magic answers, and certainly no one to come in and do this job for me.
I had to realize that God did not make any mistakes by introducing this chapter into my life and trust that He wouldn’t give me anything that I can’t handle. (I Corin 10:13).
I made the decision to walk through motherhood, homemaking, and homeschooling with God and began an intentional reworking of my thoughts, attitude, and values.
Or in other words, there were some mental adjustments that needed to be acquired.
I developed a personal growth plan that required some mindset shifts, and I’d like to share a few with you in hopes to inspire you to embark on your own growth journey.
Mindset Shift 1: Intentional spiritual and personal growth means that you are willing to take complete responsibility for your growth.
If you want to reach your fullest potential and become the “at-home” mom you were created to be, you must do more than just go through life expecting things to change and shape up on its own.
It’s not your spouse’s or children’s responsibility to make you happy, content, or feel fulfilled.
You have to make up your mind that you are sick and tired of being sick and tired, and you must go out of your way to create and seize opportunities as if your future depended on it because, frankly, it does.
Growth requires time, focus, and a concerted effort.
Are you willing to do what you must do to grow in the most important areas of your life?
Mindset Shift 2: Intentional spiritual and personal growth requires you to persevere when things become difficult to do so.
If it’s one thing us moms know how to do, it’s pushing through to get things done even when we’re sick, tired, upset, and just plain burnt out.
However, the things that we get done when we are being challenged are usually those things that we deem important or place a high priority on.
Things that are less important or insignificant to us will either be put on the back burner or get the “out of sight, out of mind” treatment.
Where does your personal growth rank on your priority ladder?
When it comes to your growth – spiritually, mentally, emotionally, physically, and all of the above – you have to prioritize and schedule it into your day…or else prepare to lose any hope of reaching your full potential.
Mindset Shift 3: Intentional spiritual and personal growth means that you are committed to start NOW.
No matter what time of day you’re reading these words, make a commitment to start growing today because there is no better time to start your growth journey than RIGHT NOW.
The greatest danger we face at times is thinking and expecting that God will grant us the space and time to do something later.
James 4:14 says, ” Whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away.”
Life here on earth is short and unpredictable.
Don’t fall into the trap of putting your growth off for another day (or when you feel like doing it).
Begin to take steps in the growth direction of your choosing – focusing on the areas of your life that means the most to you.
If you keep on waiting for later, later will keep locking you on autopilot because “nothing ever changes if nothing ever changes.”