Welcome to another month of my Hands Free Mama Journey!! I’m so glad you are here. I am about halfway through Rachel Macy Stafford’s book, Hands Free Mama. I have loved every step of this journey and can NOT wait to see what the second half brings. This month is all about Clarity and as she titled this chapter in the book, Seeing Life Through Undistracted Eyes. <a
Before we go any further I have to admit that I have failed this month. If you recall I last talked about why we need to slow down and take a pause instead of rushing through life at full throttle. Let’s be honest that is extremely hard to do. Even when we are making a conscious effort it’s still very easy to slip into a routine of go, go, go or rush, rush, rush.
It’s so easy to let our phones take over our lives and dictate what we do and when.
It’s extremely hard to turn it all off, slow down, and really live in the moment.
There is a poem in Hands Free Mama that talks about how as moms we should see the masterpiece our child made before the paint splatter, the fun before the dirty clothes, and the smiles before the mess!
That right there is the reason I started this journey. I hate being so rushed and so busy that my immediate reaction is to scold for the messes instead of relishing in the beauty of what my kids made, learned, or LOVED!
I have definitely made progress along this journey, and although I wouldn’t say that I’ve mastered every task I am at least more cognizant what I want to me as a Hands Free Mama and my actions.
However, this past month I failed miserably! I started a new business that requires a lot of social media presence and interaction with clients, which meant mama was on the phone a lot. This month was a constant struggle between knowing that I needed to just step away but wanting so badly to get my business up, running, and doing well!
Since then I’ve reflected, made changes and I’m ready to rock into this new month of clarity.
This month really requires that we use everything that we have discusses so far to be able to see with clarity. If we are slowing down, living in the moment, taking pause, and really being with our families we should begin to notice that we are seeing things differently.
One of the first things I noticed on this journey over the past few weeks is that I no longer get easily frustrated while driving (aka road rage). The slow car in front of me doesn’t bother me as much as it used to because that’s just a few more minutes the kids and I can play I spy in the car or sing worship songs at the top of our lungs.
This month I challenge you to find the moments that matter.
Whether it is being stuck in traffic, waiting an extra 30 minutes for a store to open, or the electricity going out, find those moments and turn them into memories that matter. See the situation for what it really is a blessing in disguise and talk, sing, laugh, or snuggle with your little (or big ones).
Your next challenge this month is to find the things that are setting you back on this journey and get rid of them.
It could be an addicting game, or lack of sleep. Find the one or two things that cause you to get sucked back into your phone or computer and make a plan to deal with them.
As always I look forward to hearing about your Hands Free Journey! Please feel free to comment with your progress and/or concerns!
Until next time,