Making Our Way In the Mommy Margin Moments

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A few weeks ago I was talking with some momma friends about their careers (before mommyhood). I loved listening to them talk about all their achievements and their dreams for the future. What struck me was how many times I heard the phrase: “But I had to give all that up because of the kids . . .

That stung a little bit because I had experienced those same emotions several years back. With two babies under the age of two, I started to feel like the “go-getter” side of me was slipping away. And I was totally fine with that because loving my sweet babies is my deepest passion in life.

But, that drive deep inside to achieve my dreams was burning brighter than ever.

Have you been there, too?

Do you find yourself longing to achieve a certain goal, or live a certain dream, but you feel stuck by your current season of life? Well, I’m here to tell you that no matter what, you CAN achieve anything you put your mind to achieving!

The margins of our Mommy lives are some of our greatest gifts. Because in those moments we are free to pursue our deepest passions. It is in those moments that the world seems to stand still and we can breathe a sigh of relief from the craziness of the daily grind.

The margins in my life happen to be 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. in the afternoon (AKA my kids’ “nap” time) and 8:00 pm – midnight each night (AKA kids sleeping!!). 

It’s in those moments that I wind down, dedicate myself to my work, and recharge.

It’s when I write these little love notes to fellow mommas.

It’s when I spend a few moments in God’s Word.

It’s when I check myself out of insanity and into personal rejuvenation.

Real talk: It’s when I curl up on the couch with a glass of wine and tune the rest of the world completely out . . .

As it turns out, we all have margin moments.  However rare they may be, they do exist and it’s up to us to scout them out and make the most of each one!

If you are currently using your margin moments binging The Bachelorette (like me sometimes) or scrolling endlessly through your social media threads, let me ask you a few questions:

What are you really passionate about?

What motivates you? Gets you up in the morning? Keeps your heart racing with excitement?

Are you pursuing those things? Are you making them a priority?

I asked myself these questions about two-and-a-half years ago, and it really motivated me to do something about it. As mothers, we don’t have to give up on the other aspects of our lives that drive us and give us joy. We don’t have to feel guilty for carving out time to devote to these things!

Because how can we teach our babies to chase after their dreams if we are unwilling to fight for our own?

But, maybe you feel trapped by your daily responsibilities. I feel you 100%, Friend! After playing, feeding, cleaning up, cooking, bathing, and rocking all day, it can feel like we have nothing left to give when it’s all said and done.

These margin moments are our time. These are the opportunities to really plug in and reach for the moon, not the falling stars. I promise you that you won’t regret taking the extra effort to pursue your dreams one day.

But, you will regret not doing so.

It’s okay for us to own our dreams. And to embrace them full-on.

It’s okay for us to put down the remote and retreat to our quiet places to unwind after a long day.

It’s okay for us to admit that we have a calling outside of mommyhood.

And it’s okay to give it everything we’ve got.

Let’s commit to each other that we will find moments this week to explore. To dream. And to discover. And turn those Mommy margin moments into the masterpiece-makers of our lives!

 

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Erin is a proud Bama girl, writer, speaker, lawyer, friend, lunchbox packer, boo-boo kisser, sweatpants wearing Momma to her two precious girls: Bellalise (5) – a sweet, gentle-natured soul, and Annalise (4, going on 14) – the life of every party. She met her husband Marshall during law school and drug that Cajun boy back to the Heart of Dixie, a place he now proudly calls home as well. They live in Birmingham where their dining room is currently being used for laundry overflow. Outside of writing, Erin’s hobbies include scrapbooking, tennis, online shopping (don’t tell Marshall), crafting, cooking with her girls and a clean fridge – an outright miracle worth celebrating these days. She is the author of the must-have read for Moms: Cheers to the Diaper Years: 10 Truths for Thriving While Barely Surviving, and the soon to be Girls-Night sensation: The Remarkable Housewives of the Bible series! When she isn’t attending toddler tea parties or wiping up spaghetti stains, you can find Erin writing on her blog: ErinBrownHollis.com and on Facebook / Instagram / Twitter @erinbrownhollis. She welcomes all moms to find a community of love and acceptance on her site where she shares recipes, crafts and encouragement weekly.