Because the hardest job in the world calls for some motivation.
When You’re Feeling Unappreciated
“The homemaker has the ultimate career. All other careers exist for one purpose only…to support the ultimate career.” – C.S. Lewis
It’s easy to feel useless and unappreciated as a SAHM. Your husband and working friends are talking about promotions and mergers and big projects while your only accomplishment for the week was finally finding that lost Lego head. But the workforce does all that work and earns all that paper so they can buy dish detergent and milk and brooms. Who has the ultimate career now, Janet?
When You’re Feeling Jealous
“Comparison is the thief of joy.” – Theodore Roosevelt
Sure, that other mom at playgroup has a perfectly decorated house and her kids ask politely for organic strawberries instead of screaming for Oreos, but comparing yourself to other people robs you of being able to recognize the joy in your own life. (Maybe, unlike Heather’s perfect angels, your kids are actually sleeping through the night!) Forget about the Joneses and appreciate what you have.
When You Just Can’t Lose the Baby Weight
“My limbs work, so I’m not going to complain about the way my body is shaped.” – Drew Barrymore
Your body created, carried, birthed, fed, and nurtured a human being. And after all that faithful sacrificing, it still works! [High five.]
When You’re Feeling Overwhelmed
“I walk slowly, but I never walk backward.” – Abraham Lincoln
Take all the time you need, Mama. It’s not a race. I might even go a step further (pun!) and say “stop and rest if you have to.” But don’t undo all the hard work you’ve done. You found that Lego head, remember?
When You’re Feeling Bitter
“We either make ourselves miserable, or we make ourselves strong. The amount of work is the same.” – Carlos Castaneda
In 2012, my firstborn daughter died of a genetic disorder. I could have let it turn me into a miserable person—and I almost did—but I chose to let it strengthen me into the type of woman no one could break. I was inspired by (no surprise here) a cup of tea. You see, hot water can bring out your best qualities and turn you into something strong and wonderful. But if you let yourself steep for too long, you’ll become bitter. Use those bad days to your advantage.
When Parenting Seems Too Hard
“One day, in retrospect, the years of struggle will strike you as the most beautiful.” – Sigmund Freud
It goes too fast, this parenting job of ours. Before we know it, we’ll be looking back on these days of peanut butter fingerprints and milk on the rug and wishing we could have our babies back.
When Married Life Seems Boring
“Being in a long marriage is a bit like that nice cup of coffee every morning: I might have it every day, but I still enjoy it.” – Stephen Gaines
Just because something is a habit doesn’t mean it’s not awesome. (Personally, I substitute “coffee” for “tea.”)
When It Seems Like Everyone But You Has It All Together
“The best advice I’ve ever received is, ‘No one else knows what they’re doing either.'” – Ricky Gervais
Not even Perfect Heather with her organic-produce-loving kids.
What quotes do you use to get you through a rough day? (I’m always on the lookout for more!)