Being a Mom is the most amazing and rewarding job in the world...at the same time, it's also the hardest! In this season in my life, I have a nine month old busy, curious, & wild baby boy, my husband work and is in school, so he works all day, goes straight to class, and isn't home till bedtime, I have a home to run, a passion i'm trying to pursue, I work for my Dad's church...and the list goes on. As a Mom there are days & sometimes even seasons that are exhausting and overwhelming. When you feel so unmotivated and uninspired! You want to be the best you can be for your family, you want your home to be a happy, joyful, loving place...but by 10 a.m your just ready for it to be nap time! Here are a few things I do to get motivated and inspired to keep going on those days when I have a sink full of dishes, a mountain of laundry, a teething baby, and a never ending to do list!
||START YOUR MORNING RIGHT||
First things first, start your morning off right! I strongly encourage that if you are in a season in your life that you can wake up before your kids, do it!! I find that i'm a much happier and loving Momma when I do this! Just waking up 20 or 30 minutes before my little guy gets up, making my coffee, and having a little quite time can literally change everything about my day! It makes me feel on top of thing, I've spent time with God and have been filled by him so that I can pour into my family and those around me! The moment the rest of my house wakes up i'm ready for the day because I just had a little time to myself!
If you're in a season where you can't wake up before the rest of your house, I encourage you to take a moment before your feet even hit the floor to just ask God to fill you up and give you the love and energy you need to face the day!
No matter what season you are in, speak life and encouragement into your day! Each morning I always try to start my day with speaking encouragement aloud to myself! I will say things like "I am a great Mom!" " I am a great wife" " I am a wonderful home maker" " I am loving" "I am patient" " I take care of my family well" "I am motivated" "I am encouraging"! Whether I feel like a great mom that day or not, I still say it and I can see the change in my day and the way I see myself on the days that I do this!
Someday's you just feel so unmotivated and uninspired! On the days I feel this way, I always try to seek out motivation and inspiration!! We have so many resources to find inspiration and one of my favorite ways is reading other Momma bloggers! I love the Think baby blog, it's a blog run by three Moms that write about all things Mom life! They cover everything from pregnancy & postpartum, to parenting and child development! If you are a fellow Momma or mom to-be I definitely encourage you to check them out!
Another way I like to look for motivation is on YouTube! It may sound silly, but on days my house is a reck and I just don't feel like cleaning, I watch a cleaning routine video on YouTube and am always motivated to clean after! Pinterest is also a great place to to find motivation for so many thing like cooking, inspirational quotes, momma and wife inspiration, workout motivation and so much more!
This one is so important and can totally change your day around!! On days when Easton is fussy and i'm feeling overwhelmed we always try to do something that is going to get us up and moving! Whether it's strapping the baby into the stroller and going for a walk or just having a mini dance party, I encourage you to just get moving! Someday's this can really be a struggle! When you're feeling tired and worn out and overwhelmed, this can be the last thing you want to do! But I have noticed that after I do something active I am so much happier, I feel better, I'm more energetic, I feel accomplished, and i'm ready to conquer my next task! You can do a quick yoga video on YouTube, go running while your kids ride bikes and put the baby in the stroller, or It can be something as little as turning on your favorite song and dancing like crazy with your kidos, trust me they will love it to!
Whether you're a stay at home Momma with 2 under two, a single Mom doing it all on your own feeling like you are sinking from the weight of everything on your plate, or a working Mom just trying to find a balance for it all, it can be so hard not the feel overwhelmed by all of the todos! Maybe its a day or week that you just have so much to get done or a season that is so busy and you just see no end to it all. My encouragement to you is to breath, make yourself another cup of coffee, and sit down and simplify your todo list! Simplifying might look like picking your top three must get done today thing on your list and only working those three things. It could be simplifying your menu and doing quick and easy Crockpot meals a couple days a week or maybe even throwing in the towel every once in a while and ordering a pizza! Its okay to take a night off and just order in and sit with your family!
One of my favorite ways to simplify my cleaning list on the days i'm stretched for time is todo the 5 minute rule, only spend 5 minutes quick cleaning each room! Someday's you just can't get it all done and that is OKAY!!! But taking 5 minutes to clean a room will help you to feel a little less overwhelmed and keep you from sinking in the clutter of it all!! I also encourage you to come up with some kid of everyday cleaning routine to help you stay of top of thing the best you can!
I hope these few little tips helped inspire and motivate you to keep going!! I'd love to hear your favorite #mommamotivation tips, so leave them in the comments below!!