Whether you are a stay-at-home mom, a working mom or dad or a work from home parent, you know the everyday tasks of taking care of home and family need to be done (and seem to never have an end!) Last week we discovered that knowing our “why” can help us find more JOY in these tasks.
While it helps to know our “why,” many of these tasks seem to be a never-ending cycle: there is always more food to make, more dirty dishes to wash, more laundry to do and more dirt to clean. In home and family life there can always be more to do. The next key to finding JOY is to embrace your “good enough.”
Find You “Good Enough” by Letting Go of Perfection
With the very visual nature of our social media world, it is easy to compare our homes and lives to what we see (and imagine to be true) of the lives of others through the pictures they share online. We must remember that (most of the time) people share only the best and prettiest parts of their life with the world. No one can do everything, and for sure no one can do everything perfectly!
Don’t place other people’s expectations on yourself
As a newly married wife, I was excited about making meals for my husband. I wanted him to like my cooking and the meals I served. Because of this, I often searched for and tried new recipes. A few we liked, most we didn’t. Thankfully my husband came to me and asked why I kept trying new recipes. I was trying to provide variety in our meals. He preferred just to eat the meals he knew he liked! Thankfully, a little communication saved me tons of time and stress in trying new recipes each week!
Stop the Comparison Game
A few years later we discovered my husband was sensitive to nightshade foods. Now many meals that we enjoyed were no longer options for our family. Because I now had to make everything from scratch, meal planning was much more important than it had been. So I began a habit of weekly meal planning, but I dreaded it! I felt like each week our meal plan looked very similar to the week before. I was comparing myself to the pretty (and varied) meals plans I was seeing online. When I embraced our limitations and created a capsule menu the dreaded chore of meal planning disappeared!
I knew my “why” of meal planning: healthy, allergen-free meals my family liked AND that I liked to make! But I needed to discover my “good enough”: embracing repetition and creating a capsule menu!
My “Good Enough”
My “good enough” will look different from yours. Your “good enough” will look different from your neighbor’s or your friend’s. That’s OK! Your “good enough” only needs to work for you and your family.
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