I woke up the other day and my 3-year-old son came to snuggle. He climbed up and snuggled in tightly. All of you know just how good that feels!
Can you guess what caught my attention first? His morning breath! Yup stinky 3-year-old morning breath, that was the very first thing I noticed. And you know what, I LOVED that smell. I mean it’s not like we are talking fresh, brand-new baby breath. This is toddler breath! Most people would jerk away the moment that breath crossed their path! Except I quietly linger and want to take all that toddler morning breath in! Better yet, I want to freeze the moment in time! Freeze this time when he is little when he climbs into my lap or onto my bed and he still wants to cuddle!
And I had that ahhh haaa, thunderbolt moment – this is TRUE LOVE. When your 3-year old’s morning breath sparks joy in your life.
People ask me the same question all the time, how do you juggle being a loving mother that helps her kids thrive while running a company and making products that people will love (and pay for)? Oh, and then they add, you do this all by staying sane (wait, who said I was sane?;). The truth is that it’s really hard to be a Mom, a CEO, a wife, and a cheerleader for your family and your brand!
Let’s face it, I’m not even close to perfect. I drop balls all the time. I worry that my kids have too much screen time or that I’m not spending enough time with them. But I learned a long time ago that the most important question to answer, for myself in order to keep going, is the “WHY”! Why do I prioritize my life the way I do and spend time working away from these beautiful kids that I love so much—even with their stinking toddler breath.
And you know what? There is no perfect why! Each one of us has a unique WHY! It could be because you want to earn a better financial living for your family. Maybe you want to contribute to your household. Or perhaps you are simply stressed to the max and need to feel like you are adding value to the world in a way that doesn’t include diapers and fishy crackers.
My favorite, because it was exactly what I went through before I started Mommi is that I had lost myself in everything. I was 200% dedicated to everyone and everything else. My time was spend making sure everyone around me was happy. But you know what, I forgot about me. I gained a ton of weight (don’t ask), I stopped wearing makeup, I bought a bunch of stretchy dresses from Target. And well, I lost myself. Until I found something I loved that was all ME.
Whatever it is, ask yourself the WHY! Why are you doing what you do? Be honest, be real and be raw. Write it down, text or email it to yourself, share it with your spouse or a really good friend. And remember, if part of yourWHY doesn’t sit well with you then change things up!
Decide what you can do that will make you feel excited! So excited that you cannot go to bed or get up every day! Do what you are doing for the reasons you are doing it. Celebrate the WHY.
Love yourself, and fully love all those littles, bigs, companies, hobbies in your life that motivate you to be the best YOU.