Tell me I'm not the only one this has happened to - I'm cruising down the road in the midst of a packed-to-the-rim day, glance down, and I'm on "E". Big deal. Stop at the gas station and fill up. Except....the schedule is back to back and that 10 minutes makes me late for a stop, which snowballs the rest of the day. It feels like I'm barely holding on to my grasp on the day.
Who. In. The. World. Doesn't. Have. 10. Minutes? OK - I DON'T. On certain days/weeks, that is. My husband is aghast that I can essentially live in my car and not be cognizant of when it is on, or about to be on, empty.
Time to reflect! There reaches a point where the empty gas tank becomes a neon blinking sign saying that I'm not refueling myself, either. Burning ourselves out so there is nothing left in the tank means there is nothing to give out when working with clients, parenting, being a friend, etc.
I've used the oxygen mask analogy before in blog posts - if you don't put your oxygen mask on first you won't be able to help the person sitting next to you. Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm going to use my Daily Calm app to meditate and recharge for 10 minutes!
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You know the one. She always has her hair and make-up and clothes and shoes and... oh, you get the point. She is ready. For everything. Her kids always smile. And they must be brilliant because they are forever posing with awards on Facebook. And this mom's house. Wow. Spotless. Her life must be A.Maze.Ing. Just like her.
So.... we all think we know this mom. But I'm guessing that she is about as real-life as Holiday Barbie. This Mother's Day, let's all get real. Stop the envy-induced Mom Crush. Support each other. End the perfectionism. Take more time to lift each other up every day. We will ALL be so much better for it. And if, as in this song, you want that amazingly clean house, treat yourself for Mother's Day and give me a call. We all need a little help!
I'm sure this isn't the first time you've heard Every Woman is a Mother. Women, by nature, seem to have a nurturing side that shines through their interests, passions, and in all they do. These women are mothers to van loads of kids, and they are friends who promote social causes. They are the aunts who dote, grandmothers who spoil, neighbors who help, and teachers who inspire. They are the employees, the service providers, the CEOs. These are the women who surround us - and who help make the corners of our world a little bit better.
Every Woman IS a Mother - and with Mother's Day coming up what better way to honor any woman in your life than by helping her reclaim a space in her home - a spare bedroom that has become storage, a garage that can't fit a car, an office overwhelmed by papers, or a room that needs a few tweaks to function better. A gift certificate from We Love Messes can get her on her way to achieving just what she needs.
Is this a self-serving request? Perhaps a little, I admit! But please also trust me when I tell you that I see first hand the benefits of time women claim for themselves and their passions when their homes run efficiently. And isn't more time a gift every woman (and man) wants?
In case you're a numbers person, here are some stats from a Real Simple survey of 3200 American women:
Contact me today if you'd like to honor the women in your life with a gift certificate from We Love Messes for Mother's Day - or any other day!
I'd love to know how you honor the women in your life - on Mother's Day and every day! Please comment below so we can all get a little more inspired to remember that every woman is a mother.
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