Think about the moment you first saw your child’s face. In that sacred space, is there any other word that would better encompass that indescribable, unfettered, overwhelming rush you felt better than the word– joy?
New life always brings JOY.
But there is a huge problem with joy; It leaks.
Don’t believe me? Think about the third night after your baby was born. What emotions were you experiencing? I’m guessing your answer is closer to a swear word than joy.
I haven’t been a mom for very long, but in my 2.5 years as a parent, I’ve had my share of pure joy moments and broken-hearted ones. As a mom who battles chronic Lyme disease and postpartum depression, my journey looks a little different from most. But in many ways, it’s very similar to every mom out there in that– being a mom takes everything you’ve got–and then some.
So how to do we keep joy from leaking in the midst of the madness of motherhood?
First, we must identify what I’m calling ‘joy thieves’–the things that drain us and threaten our most valuable assets with unnecessary strain. While this will look different for every mom, I’ve narrowed down four areas that I believe are most likely to be stressors for all of us:
-Clutter (mental and physical)
-Ignoring our own needs
-Not protecting and feeding our core relationships
At Room for Joy, we are going to learn how to SIMPLIFY, DECLUTTER and CARE for ourselves and families.
Beneath the tantrums and whines of our children, lies hearts & minds of unlimited potential. Beneath that pile of toys and dishes, there is a mom filled with goals, big dreams and real needs.
Let’s declutter the crazy; let’s unleash joy.