There is a quote that goes something like this, "start where you are with what you have." This quote can be applied in so many different scenarios. But today it's best fitting for a mommy chronicle.
You might be wondering what a mommy chronicle is. Let me explain. It's a moment you experience as a mom which is often ridiculous, funny, chaotic, and amazing all at the same time. Basically, if you're a mom and you stop while in the middle of doing something and ask yourself, "Is this seriously happening" then it can be filed away in the mommy chronicles. I'd like to note that I totally just made up that definition but I feel like it works.
Anyways back to my mommy moment of starting where I was with what I had. Being a mom is hard work throw in running a business and it's plain crazy at times.
I was a guest speaker on a podcast and our interview just happened to be scheduled for a Saturday which is unusual for me. This meant that my 6-year-old daughter was going to be home. This is where we run into a bit of a problem. How will I find a space where I can get uninterrupted silence for the entire interview? Seems like an impossible task for a mom. Ha, not! Us moms are innovative, creative, resourceful, and crafty on the spot. It's what we do without even thinking about it most of the time.
It never fails that when I tell my daughter I have an important video or phone call and I need her to be quiet she always seems to understand. Then I begin the call and she wants to show me all types of things, tell me about all kinds of things and make an appearance on video.
It's safe to say I've caught onto this and am starting to learn how to handle it. So on this particular Saturday, I asked myself where could I hide in silence while I was being interviewed. BAM! I got it, her closet. That's it I'll go into her bedroom close the door and go sit in her closet with the door closed. I won't tell her I need silence or that I'm about to get an important phone call I'll just quietly go into her room and begin.
I'm sure you're wondering if I had any success with this. I'd like to report that it was 100% successful! (Side note: To the left is a picture of me in said closet, coffee in hand.)
Woohoo. Feel free to give this a try yourself. I hope you have just as much if, not more luck with it than I did. As we were wrapping up our conversation she began walking around the house calling my name! When the coast was clear I came out, you know because I can't have her knowing my hiding spot.
I say all of that to say this, you can make things happen. You may not have everything you feel is necessary (like a babysitter, fancy camera, laptop, a housekeeper, a VA, a personal assistant, and in home washer/dryer) but trust that you have what you need for now. Just take the effort, to begin with, what you have and realize you may have to get creative to make it all work. Hey, that's cool there isn't anything wrong with that. In fact, you'll be better off for it later. It's called being resourceful and sometimes life calls for just that.
Don't let anything, not even yourself hold you back from going after your dreams! Life is about practice = progress, risk * action = reward/success, and inching your way towards your goals. This, my, friends is how your dreams come true.
You can start and you can finish! When you notice you're starting to think negatively about your circumstances, about yourself, or about what you have cut that off immediately. Replace those thoughts (and talk) with positive affirmations & declare to the Lord that your success is on its way, you can work with what you have while striving for what you want. To learn more about unlocking your potential and living your dreams listen to my latest interview on the Be Inspired! Cafe, click here to listen.
P.S. Have you ever hid out in your kids closet to get something done, get silence, or eat alone? If so please share, I'd love to laugh along. Have any interesting stories you can share about your mommy chronicles please comment below or send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org I look forward to reading them.