Hey Mama Bears! My heart so beats for you. Motherhood is so beautifully messy and no matter how you slice it, often quite hard. Share the Love Kidsclub was birthed out of my deep desire to see moms connect, so this little blog is just a place where I want to further connect with you! I want to be a woman who rallies with you, encourages you, inspires you, and hopefully makes you feel normal in your day to day crazy.
You can expect to find my ramblings and deep thoughts on motherhood, stories of moms that inspire, tips and tricks from other moms to help us on the motherhood adventure, and any where else the wind might blow. (You should know I am kind of all over the place.)
So just pretend we are besties drinking a cup of joe on this glorious day. Because I would so love to be doing that with you! K?
Now that we have that out of the way. Let’s just get real about this back to school thing. It is HARD. Finding matching socks, preparing lunches, combing syrup out of hair, bedtime routines, morning complaining, and avoiding the tardy bell. Oh yes, and let’s not forget the gymnastics and karate classes.
Back 2 School sends me in a flurry.
I’m not the mom who bought school supplies in June, had my children’s backpacks monogrammed in July, and have a meal plan for lunches printed out ready for the next 2 months. Ha! I wish. I must admit I envy you people! But also deeply admire you. And in this season of motherhood, I am needing more of your insight and help in my life!!
You see, I am not so great in the organization realm. I rarely have a plan. I fly by the seat of my pants. And my mind literally goes to 20 different things when trying to complete one task. You might find me doing the dishes, while simultaneously doing a load of laundry, buying supplies on Amazon for the business, helping the kids suit up in Power Ranger costumes, checking emails, and oh yeah, don’t forget looking at that cute Etsy shop wallpaper for my daughter’s new room. Oh yeah. And I just remembered the work schedule needs to be posted by 8pm tonight. And well don’t look around my house because it is a MESS. Yes. I know. CRAZY. But welcome to my brain and life.
I’m gonna go ahead and say that is not healthy. AND NOT HELPING ME. And it is also not being a good steward of the gifts, blessings, and time God has given me. I used to resist a plan because it felt so restrictive. And this crazy creative gal did not want to be harnessed by such rigidness. But I’m learning the hard way, organizing and having a plan allows me to be more PRESENT. With my kids. With my husband. With my business. With my employees. With my friends. And with the Lord. THE MOST IMPORTANT THINGS!
So, I’m refusing to sit in shame and blubbering in past failures. Moving past all the times that being organized would have helped me, our family, and our business be better. I’m chalking it all up to learning and growing and I’m moving with blazing trails toward being more purposeful with my time which means...being organized! You with me??
It’s hard to know where to start with 4 kids, a business, and moving to a new house. Agh! So….
I’ve been listening to podcasts, reading pinterest organization boards, and praying my little heart out- “ God, help me on this crazy new adventure!”
I know there are other moms who are running in circles. Trying to get yourself together for the fall. You are not alone. And while it might be tempting to go through another season flying by the seat of our pants... I’m convinced we might be missing out on the fullness God has for us in the present. I don’t want to be scattered. I want to be INVESTED. PRESENT. Open to whatever God has for me.
So first up for me on this endeavor. Goals.
Yep. You heard me right! GOALS.
I used to cringe at this word. I don’t know, I think about all of the kids chore charts never completed. The New Year’s resolutions I never kept. And the food regimens I couldn’t quite adhere to past week 1. Or all those “good ideas” that were just never executed properly. Sound familiar?
I realized though that most of the people I admire- they set GOALS every month. So, I got myself to thinking. Hmm. Maybe there is more to this whole goal thing.
Maybe I’ve just had the wrong definition. Setting standards too high. Missing the mark. Focused on the result, not the process. Hmm. So I decided to look up the good ole’ definition. Take a looksy.
GOAL: the object of a person's ambition or effort; AN AIM or desired result.
SYNONYMNS: objective, aim, end, target, design, intention, plan, purpose
AIM. INTENTION. Those words resonated with me. I want to be aiming forward. Not focused on woulds, shoulds, or coulds. INTENTIONALLY using my time.
So here we go. Eyes fixed forward. Let’s put this pen to paper and get these August goals defined. Better late than never. And mid-month isn’t going to hold me back.
Guilt and shame put away. Grace over perfection. I’m convinced with the right perspective, goals don’t have to define the productivity of our days but rather create purpose with our time.
phone free 3:10-4:30 and 5:30-8pm ( AGH this will be HARD but oh so needed)
packing kids lunch and looking at kids folders NIGHT BEFORE SCHOOL
find new after school rhythm. Try spending 1 on 1 time with each child when they get home (each goes to their own spot and I rotate)
eat off paper plates at breakfast and don’t feel guilty about it :)
lean in and listen more intently when the hubs is talking to me. I haven’t been the best at listening lately.
meet with photographer for Kidsclub needs
have lunch on Mondays with a friend!
workout on Tuesdays and Thursdays while boys are at therapy. Nothing crazy! 30 mins.
introduce Ethan to journaling (I am trying Archer and Friends Journal for Kids!)
create go-to guides for each staff position
purge. sell. donate. declutter!! Nothing enters the new house unless it brings joy, meets a need, or tips the scale in sentimental value.
So let’s do this together! Feel free to share your #intentionalmomgoals on Instagram or below and we can rally around each other and applaud each other to the finish! I am hoping to post my goals each month and hope you will plan to as well! Also, if you have any organizational tips or tricks to help organizational amateurs, please share!