Let’s Talk, “mommy pressure” 😭. We’ve all felt it before, and whether you want to admit it to yourself or not… it’s keeping you from creating and living a life that excites you! Let’s change that! If you’ve been feeling overwhelmed with the “demands” of motherhood… this is for you!! It’s time to get unstuck, release that mommy pressure, and create a life that excites you!
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I’m super excited about this month’s cover stories!!
One of the main things I’m determined to do is to create a life that I love; a life that serves me! A life that I can be proud of, where I am not only showing up for myself… but one where I am becoming and fully embracing the woman I know God is calling me to be… yes, as a whole mom.
I know you feel the same. I know that you know you’re more than a mommy. I know you desire to rewrite the narrative, and you want to live your absolute best life…. as a wife, a mom, a business owner… as a woman!
And as eager as you are to redefine mom life on your terms, and FINALLY create a life that excites you…
YOU. FEEL. STUCK.
You can’t seem to figure out how to finally move forward and embrace the beauty of who you know you want to become. You’re trying your best to show up, but you can’t seem to get past the disappointment of things not going as you expected. You’ve even gotten to the point of trying to force things to work out; trying to keep up appearances because you want to prove that you can do it all… instead of operating in the flow and freedom that God has for you….
Well… It’s time to get unstuck and walk in the freedom that God has for you! I’m so grateful to be used by Him!
This month is all about getting “unstuck” and we’re starting with the basics! Because let me tell you this….You will never be able to create & live a life that excites you until you do this one thing!
So if you’re ready to walk in freedom, Check out my first July cover story (video) below, and as always be sure to comment, and share with a momma who needs this!
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Listen, I know we love our children and we’re grateful for the opportunity to raise these amazing tiny humans… we all know mom life has its challenges. However, that doesn’t mean we have to sit in those moments. Nor does having a “bad moment” make you a bad mom! (Read that again)
So, let’s shift that internal narrative!
Are you with me? Okay, keep reading… this is good!
As we shift, I encourage you to create what I’m calling a “Grace Plan”. “What is that”, you ask? Simply put, a “grace plan” is a list of things to do when you need to give yourself grace! We often talk about “giving ourselves grace”, and I decided to make it a little more practical for my life.
Today, I’m sharing my “Grace Plan” with you. These are the 5 things that help me whenever I’m having one of those moments…. or days! It makes a world of difference when you don’t have to think on your feet, because you have a preset plan of what to do. So I hope it will inspire you to create your own! Remember, there is no right or wrong. This list is specific to your needs, and will totally vary depending on the season of your life, and age of your kiddos 😭😭😭. So apply what you love, leave what don’t, and create a plan that works for you! Let’s go!
1. Breathe Chi!
Literally stop, take a deep breath. Close out the apps, turn off the TV, or step into another space for a hot second. (I’ve done this several times in my pantry 😭😭😭). Close your eyes if you can, and BREATHE chi…. inhale and exhale!!! Such a simple practice, but it’s such an amazing and powerful way to settle yourself in the moment.
2. Encourage yourself!
Once you’ve settled yourself, encourage yourself. Create some quick in the moment comebacks to speak over your life. Protip: prerecord yourself saying these in a voice memo so you can easily play them when you need to! A few things I say that are on my list:
“I am capable” “I can do all things through Christ” “It’s okay to stop and try again later” “This moment is temporary” “I’m having a moment, but I’m a great mom” “LAWD, help me on TODAY”
That last one though 😭🙌🏾 I feel like I call on God all day. And you know what’s so bomb about that… He doesn’t mind. He actually wants us to rely on Him, and if I’m being honest He comes through for me every single time… even if it’s not the way I expected!
3. Create a playlist
When you don’t have the capacity to speak, it’s a great idea to have someone else help you with the “heavy lifting”. Better to have someone else speak life over you, than for you to allow those negative narratives to run wild internally! We’re done with that, remember? I have a whole playlist of worship songs to remind me of who I am and whose I am! It may take a few songs to get me together, but it works EVERY SINGLE TIME!
4. Change of scenery.
Strap the baby in the back and Go! Get out for a quick walk, a drive, walk the mailbox, sit on the deck… just get outside and change up the scenery. If your kids are older, go by yourself. Take some intentional deep breaths, and release the tension in your shoulders. Idk what it is but the greenery and fresh air seem to revive my soul and energize me to carry on!
5. Lean in to the moment.
Sometimes, those “mommy moments” require that we remain physically present, meaning we can’t just shut things down and walk away. In that case lean in and figure out what it is that you need to do for your little one in the moment. This may require that you reschedule a meeting, push back a play date, or delay your social post. It may require that you gracefully decline that clubhouse invite, or that phone call. And guess what? That is okay! Give yourself permission to lean in to those mommy moments when you need to, and give your littles what they need! And as you lean in, observe, learn, be present… sometime you’ll find exactly what YOU need when you lean into those moments for your little ones!
Bonus Phone a friend!
There is so much power in community.! Having people you can call on not only to vent, but who will also build you back up, pray, laugh, come over to help out, or send food when needed… is EVERYTHING! Having people who are literally ready to do whatever you need to help you so that you’re able to keep going… yea… we all need those people in our lives!
Momma, was this helpful? What will you add to you “Grace Plan”! Cant wait to hear what you come up with! Be sure to like and share with a friend in need!
That before was taken right at the moment when I said to myself “why am I living like this, enough is enough” and I didn’t even capture the dining table bc I was so embarrassed. It was covered with mail, toys, old containers &dishes😩😭😩
You see I kept hearing & seeinga lot of things about momlife, and how mess and clutter are inevitable when you have kids. But it’s so wildbecause for me, I was using the “I have a kid” narrative to cover up a problem I’ve had for years with clutter😭😭😭
To be honest, I’d also convinced myself that “my mess wasn’t that bad” because I was comparing it to what others had… and their mess was way worse… smh!!! Just awful! I Told y’all comparison will keep you all the way stuck in your mess! Figuratively and LITERALLY!
Well A few months ago (after immersing myself into the world organizing), I decided to change that narrative in my life. I wanted to become a woman of order especially in my home. And although kids can add a whole lot of “messy” to your life & home… Idecided I no longerwanted to live in that mess as my norm.
So I’ve been on a journey of creating a lifestyle where everything in my home has a place (ORDER), and I set a few moments daily to maintain my space (FLOW).
It’s funny bc all of this started when I took those first small steps (for example making my bed daily). And once I started with those simple daily habit, it’s like the energy to continue was overflowing from within me! I’ve tried to organize before, and fell short every single time! I realized this happened because I was only focused on the task. Once I decided to make this a lifestyle, and focus on who I want to BECOME in the process, the shift happened… and here we are! And I’m just getting started 🙌🏾
I’m no expert or guru in the art of decluttering or organizing… but what I do know is that your life will seldom change if you only focus on the tasks.
I encourage you to decide who you want to become, and create goals that are in alignment with that as you TAKE ACTION.Start as small as you need to. Be intentional and watch the energy that you need to carry on kick in and overtake you! This is not a competition, but rather an amazing opportunity for you to create the life you’ve always desired for yourself. A life of becoming all that you know you’re called to be, filled with the overflow and results you crave the most!