Can I really be a successful working mom? Can I experience success at work and also at home?This is a question that I ask myself all of the time.
Last week, at a training that I went to, a light bulb went off that I hope will help me get close to a loud, clear, “YES!”
I work for the federal government and it is no secret that budgets are getting tighter.As a result, one of the topics that was discussed at my training was regarding which services could be lessened or even cut. For those people who provide those services and can see the clear value, it is can be a hard topic.
To help everyone to be more objective,the conversation was turned around to, instead, creating a list of priorities.
As I listened to the conversation, it dawned on me that it is often hard for me to succeed because I value too many things and have not created my own priorities.
For example, is it really important to make a Pinterest-worthy cake, or is it enough to have a birthday celebration with the people that love my kids in a simple manner?
Does my child care about the fancy cake?
If so, should I turn that focus elsewhere or is it okay since it is a special time?
Is taking the time to make that cake taking away from time that I could be spending with my children or am I able to work it in late at night?
These are the types of things that I think I should be considering.As I thought about it, I realized that I have a tough time cutting things out.
However, I feel more comfortable if I just put focus on the things that seem to rise to top of the list.
That way, I do not have to officially label anything as unimportant.
Does anyone else struggle with emotional hoarding?
I could probably write 10 blog posts about that.
Anyway back to the topic at hand. How do we create these priorities?
Well, as I do with all things that I find challenging, I asked God.
This time, I turned to the bible where I found that Luke 12:34 says-"For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also."Wow!
Over the next few weeks, I plan to really evaluate where to put my treasure to get my heart where it should be.What seems obvious to me at this point is that I need to simplify.
If I compare my treasures to money, I think too often I try to find $100 bills.
If I simplify and just make my goals $1 or $10, I think I will find they add up to $100 much faster than I would have ever been able to find that $100 bill!
I also know that if I limit my focus to my top priorities that my heart will get to be where it needs to be.
I do not think there is anything wrong with doing some extra things like fancy cakes. I think problems arise when we put those things that should be extras above the things that should be our priorities.Please say a prayer that I am able to set my priorities where they should be to help clear some of the chaos from my heart, mind and home. I will say a prayer for you that you are able to find your successes, as well.
How do you go about setting your priorities? Please share!
Aimee does financial and asset oversight for a military housing project. She is a wife to a medically retired police officer and mother of 2. She treasures her roles as a mom, a wife, and a sister, a daughter, a friend, an aunt, a Godmother and a coworker. Aimee writes a blog about parenting, family, food and whatever else crosses her scattered brain. www.crazyblessedmomma.blogspot.com
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