Today you are You,
That is truer than true.
There is no one alive
Who is Youer than You.
So, at MOPS on Thursday, we had such a small group, I thought I'd share some things we talked about during our Mentor Mom discussion with Miriam. We were talking about the loss of identity many of us face after becoming mothers. Many of us no longer have the time or energy to spend on pursuits solely for our own pleasure or personal growth. We forget who we are apart from the labels we have acquired: wife, mother, sister, teacher, daughter, etc.
Miriam's questions to us included:
"Are there parts of yourself you feel you've lost and you deeply desire to regain?"
"How do you define your identity? By your kids? Spouse? Career?"
And the last one was a doozy: "Can you believe that you were created with amazing potential and with gifts that only you can bring to the table? If not, what's holding you back from embracing this truth?"
Her challenge to us:
"Consider your own talents and interests God's gift to you. What is your purpose in life, and how can you use those gifts to fulfill God's plan for you? Carve a block of time from your daily mothering routine to focus on your own passions."
Hello, Motley Moms! This is exactly why I began this blog several months ago. It's my outlet, my sounding board, my connection to friends, my way of practicing one of my chosen crafts. I hope Motley Moms is a blessing to you as it has been for me.
Thank you all for all your witty words of wisdom, shining examples of motherhood at its lowest, and inspirational reminders of the blessings we enjoy in this life. If this is not your passion, figure out what is and make a bit of time to develop it. Go find YOU!
Donna, Motley-est Mom of the Day!