I can’t believe it’s already Thursday, another week has almost come and gone. Lately I have really been struggling to get everything done that’s on my “to do” list. I feel like my list is never ending. I’m wondering do I want to do too much or am I just not using my time wisely and can actually get it done if I just buckle up and focus.
I started a new Bible Study last week and the group was asked to label their current feelings with emoji faces. There was a mix of emoji’s in the group but there was one that kept coming up. It was the closest I found to overwhelmed! So many of the women said how they have so much to do and have a hard time getting it all done. As the week has gone on I’ve thought so much about it this. It was good to know I’m not alone but then sad to know that other people feel defeated by their lists too.
Is this just the forever woman/mom struggle having too much on our plates? I wonder is it me or society putting the pressure on me to do it all, I guess it’s probably a mix. I did a study once The Life Ready Woman by Shante Feldhahn where she talks about how women are expected to be able to do it all. You have to be the perfect homemaker while working outside the home, be the perfect mom, wife, baker, cook and whatever else. She simply stated that there is no way to be it all and do it all and we shouldn’t have to. Here is a little info on the study.
“Thankfully, God has given us exactly that timeless, unchanging guidance for how to find peace, clarity, and God’s best for our lives once we know where to look! The Life Ready Woman: Thriving in a Do-It-All World, reveals a profound biblical roadmap for how each of us can find the abundant life we are longing for, rather than the stressful, torn, how-do-I-balance-it-all life we often feel like we are trying to keep up with today. Actually being a LifeReady Woman means that you are clear about your life, bold in your faith, and able to find God’s best for you, and the end result will be that you not only survive but thrive in our do-it-all world.”
Doesn’t that sound great?! I think I need this study again. It’s funny because when I went through this a couple years ago my life looked very different. I lived in a different city a different house had no kids. I remember thinking what good advice and great practical principals. I wonder why more women don’t practice this and understand they don’t have to do it all. Fast forward a couple years and insert a big laugh and eye roll for my naivety. My prayer and plan is to slow down not focus so much on my list and “BE” ok with:
Not having a perfectly clean house
Not showering everyday (keeping it real)
Taking a nap without having guilt
Not bringing in a regular paycheck
Serving fish sticks and mac n cheese for dinner (sometimes)
Taking a day or more to reply back to texts and emails.
Not being able to do it all!!
I know there’s more but that’s all I could think of for now. Is there anyone out there feeling the same way? I would love to hear from you.