photo credit: Amanda Woodward
Well girls, here we go. Day 1 of our hope-to-be-weekly series called Building a Soft Place to Land. I wish we could all sit down around the kitchen table with a cup of coffee and chat.
I feel utterly inadequate to write on this topic mostly because I don't think I do it very well in my own home. But I hope to do better as we explore this topic together. And since I don't have it all figured out, I'll be sharing some resources from other people who seem to.
I had a completely different post in mind for Day 1 but you all blew me away with your responses to My Question for You. If you have ever thought that you were alone in your struggles, go read the comments on that post. Here is just a small sampling...
"The hard part for me is that I can have a really good day or two, and then in a matter of a few short hours, everything is back to disaster mode."
Messy Jessy said:
"My homemaking pitfalls come from letting life happen "to me" rather than being proactive in every way.
Really? Christmas is in December?
What? My kids grow and need food?
Come On! Since when do I need a matching scrub top and bottom for work?
My goals are simple. Bring my brain to the table and show up for my life."
"I struggle mostly with my expectations. I wake up most mornings with grand plans of what I will accomplish that day. Life usually gets in the way, or I run out of energy and then at the end of the day I feel disappointed in myself and inadequate. And, of course, those feelings in me don't help to create the right atmosphere in my home.
"I struggle with meal planning and staying within the grocery budget. I also feel like I have laundry coming out of my ears!!! But the biggest thing I struggle with is making time to play with my kids. It seems like in order to keep the house up I am busy all the time!"
"My biggest struggle is the meal planning thing. Life is so much better when I plan ahead. My mood is better, my kitchen is cleaner, The Man is happier. Still, I neglect to keep up in this one area. I wish we could go a month without eating so I could have some catch up time."
I could have gone on and on sharing reader's comments that seemed like they could have come straight from my bewildered brain. I'll bet you feel the same way.
There is such a wide range of life stages represented in those comments. Moms with young kids, moms with older kids, empty-nesters, single-moms, military moms, single women. Our struggles are clearly universal! The specific details may be different, but the point is, you are not alone in your struggles!
I don't know about you, but I find a lot of comfort in that.
If you're feeling overwhelmed and need a bit of inspiration, visit Melissa at The Inspired Room for a wonderful post and a Mr. Linky.