The Best {Unpaid} Job & What I’m Doing Less Of

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I know, I know…everyone talks about how being a mom is a 24/7 gig that requires you to perform 100 different types of jobs and you don’t get paid for any of it. Well, there’s a reason everyone talks about that: because it’s TRUE! Ha ha!

Whenever I would read people’s posts on how motherhood is so demanding and you don’t get paid for any of it, I always thought of how that was such a burden and chore. (Being reeeeeal honest here!!) But lately, I’ve just been thinking about how wonderful it is. No, I don’t get paid for this. No, I can’t provide monetarily to our family by “being a mom.” Even so, I’ve just been convicted lately that it is THE MOST IMPORTANT job ever. Maybe with teachers as a close second 😉 We mothers are shaping our children into the people they will become and by simply BEING THERE and LOVING THEM, we are helping them become those men and women.

I’m a dreamer and a creative, so I’m always thinking of all the things I can do and all the ways I can grow as a creative entrepreneur. I spend Charley’s nap time editing photos, writing blog posts, managing business emails and doing creative research. My house gets neglected because I devote so much time to my personal (and business) aspirations. I like to think I’m showing Charley what a strong and industrious woman I am. Sometimes, however, I think about whether I’m doing all of this for him or for myself. Is my selfishness and desire to be everything and do all the things really what he needs? Or maybe I just need to be his mom for the day. And maybe my husband just needs me to be his wife. {I’m not saying this applies to everyone or that anyone should feel bad for seeking to further their career. I say go out and be that #girlboss! I’m just sharing my own convictions and thoughts that I’ve had recently about our current situation. And more specifically, the current situation of my heart.}

I’m a big proponent of listening to our bodies when it comes to our health. I try to slow down and listen to my body and see what it needs (and that varies day to day in regards to what I eat, how often I move, and whether I forgo exercise and just rest). I think the same goes for our hearts and souls. What do we need in this moment, in this season of life? Is it the time for us to work and chase our dreams? Or is it a time for us to rest and be still?

Personally, I’m feeling the pull to rest more and be more intentional with the time I spend with Charley. I used to always be multi tasking. I’d be on my phone replying to emails, on Instagram, and making lists on my phone of what I needed to do when Charley was asleep. I’m still multi tasking (I think that’s my curse! I’m always thinking of things to be done and I write them down on my phone immediately or else I forget!), but my heart has changed. I’m setting my phone down more when Charley is awake. We’re playing together more. I’m soaking in these moments because I know they go too fast. I’m enjoying watching him read books, play, explore and learn! It’s the best and I don’t want him to ever think I consider my work or my phone to be more important than he is to me.

What are you feeling pulled to do lately? More or less of something?

As always, thanks for stopping by and sharing in this journey with me. Love you all!

Photography by Tasha from Health Full Time

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5 Comments

  1. March 15, 2017 / 3:22 am

    Loved this post mama 🙂 and I couldn’t agree more with everything you said. I’ve been praying about the decisions I need to make regarding how I spend my days with this new blogging journey that I’ve taken on. And I have to say that I’m leaning towards a similar direction as yours. So thanks for sharing this and for being an encouragement to fellow mamas like me!

    • elindsey
      March 16, 2017 / 3:10 am

      Aww that makes me so happy mama!! It’s so hard navigating this working mama life & the whole “work/life” balance is really hard (especially as a blogger!!). It helps to know I’m not the only one!! xx 😘

    • elindsey
      March 27, 2017 / 5:38 pm

      Aw thanks so much! ha We’re not alone!!!

  2. March 28, 2017 / 12:07 pm

    I love this! We all need a reminder to rest so times! I forget how wonderful it is. I snuggled with Jack on the couch yesterday and it was so perfect! I want more days like that!

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