Disclosure: Thank you to The Mrs. for sponsoring today’s post and reminding me that I’m Enough!
There’s a lot of pressure for women to be absolutely perfect. Social media only makes it worse. I know that sometimes looking through Instagram, Pinterest, and reading blogs, I can feel myself playing the comparison game. I think things like:
“Well, my house doesn’t look that pretty.”
“Neither do my nails.”
“I don’t have an endless supply of peonies. Do peonies even grow in Texas?”
“I don’t have that much time during the school year to do that amazing activity with my daughter.”
“Heck, I it feels like I haven’t seen my family in two days.”
“Why don’t I get to stay home all the time?”
“I must not have had enough Starbucks today.”
“I can’t get Kennedy to eat a carrot to save my life.”
The fact of the matter is my life doesn’t look like a staged editorial. My house is not even close to being done decorated, my 2.5 year old gets baby food pouches so I can sneak her veggies in, and it is just impractical for me to frequent Starbucks more than once a week.
These things are petty and don’t really matter in the long run. I give myself a good reality check and move on.
But there are other things that eat at me. I do experience a lot of mommy guilt. Being a teacher makes life easy during the summer and holidays when I’m off work. During the school year is another story, because not only do I teach a full school day, but I direct plays after school. During dress rehearsal and performance weeks, it’s completely normal for me to arrive home after 9:00 p.m. Don’t get me wrong – I love my job and I have my job because our family needs me to work. However, I am starting to feel the pressure and the stress creep up on me as I am nearing the end of this pregnancy. How are we going to manage two kids with how busy the school year is? How will I spend enough time with everyone? How can I be there for my family? How can I be there for my students and school? How can I divide my attention realistically between my school day, rehearsal after school, and family time? How can I be enough?
The stress and worry has been monumental. Yes, I am so blessed and I have so much to be thankful for. I realize that. But lately, I just don’t feel like I am enough.
I was recently contacted to participate in the #imENOUGH challenge from the Mrs. Band, and it couldn’t have come at a better time. Just watching the video (click that link if it doesn’t work for you) below had me in tears. You have been warned.
Why, as women, do we feel like this? Why am I on the “woof” end of the slider more than the “I’m enough!” end? Sometimes we need a reminder. The above video is just that.
So who’s “The Mrs.” and why did they do this?
The Mrs. is an Austin-based all-female band (Texas represent!) who started the #imENOUGH movement along with a song that will be released this fall! Although the music may sound like what’s being played on pop radio right now, the lyrics tell a different story. As women in their late thirties/early forties, songs about teenage heartbreak and wild nights clubbing weren’t things they could relate to. They decided to write about their own lives – like the challenge of juggling a career, marriage, motherhood and friendships, while still trying to maintain their own identity.
The Mrs. sent me these mirror decals and challenged me to celebrate the #imENOUGH movement by taking selfies with them.
Who knew taking these selfies would be so therapeutic?
Something as simple as a hot pink heart and arrow on my mirrors really put some things into perspective for me, and I’m not just saying that. It’s easy to worry about the future and get caught up in all the what ifs. What matters most is that God has a plan, and He thinks I’m enough to handle what is coming. And I know I am, too.
Now it’s your turn! Take a selfie and post it with the #imENOUGH hashtag to join the movement!