How many times have you finally gotten all the clothes folded and put away to realize the hampers are full again? Or gotten all the kids down for a nap to notice that you can barely see the carpet through the mess on the floor?
In those cases you feel like you are doing everything in your power to survive. For some of us survival is making it to nap time. For others it might be until wine o’clock! No matter the time, we just keep pressing on, sometimes barely staying afloat.
The definition of survive is to continue in spite of hardships. Whereas thrive means to prosper of flourish. Will you choose to Survive or Thrive? As a parent, will you choose to just get by or will you choose to be the best parent in the world?
Along with my Hands Free Mama Journey ( latest post Living in the Moment), I am also trying to read more for myself. Read books that speak to my soul and this season of life, or that just warm my heart. This month, the first month of my Letting Go of Perfectionism journey, I also finished reading The Magnolia Story about Chip and Joanna Gaines.
And let me just say, I LOVE THEM! I love her style, I love their farm and farm-house, I love their adorable little family, I love that they aren’t afraid to share their faith, and I just love watching them as a couple. Just about the only thing I don’t love is when Jojo has to do a super modern style house (but I don’t think she totally loves that either).
Survive or Thrive
As I finished their book, she started talking about perfection. How she always felt like her home had to look like those in the magazine, but with four kids she just couldn’t do it. She also talked about not just choosing to survive, but choosing to thrive.
It’s so hard with all the pressures (real or just in our own heads) about how our homes should look and what our kids should look and act like. But I love her motto of choosing to thrive. I don’t want to fit in someone elses perfect box. I want to thrive in my own world on my own terms. And I really think that’s the first step.
What will you choose? Will you choose to Survive or Thrive? As a parent, will you choose to just get by or will you choose to be the best parent in the world?