- I'm a new mom (to, what may be, the most handsome baby boy ever - and I'm surely not biased).
- I work full-time (and am the primary breadwinner for our fantastic fam).
- My hub is a full-time dad (at home with Boy during the day), full-time student, and works full-time nights and weekends.
- I like to cook, clean, sew, and all the other "housewifey" things I never have time to actually do.
- I'm passionate about fitness - although the size of my current post-baby waistline might not indicate such.
- I have two little dogs (a Shih Tzu and a Mini Schnauzer) who are fantastic little guys.
- I'm a people-pleaser; I dislike conflict and I try to be all things to all people, an exhausting task.
"Mom," I told her matter-of-factly. "I know what I'm giving up for Lent."
This was particularly surprising to her because, at the time, Lent was still 2 months away and I do not belong to a religion that specifically participates in this ritual.
"And that is?" she replied, sounding a bit perplexed.
Leaving my 9-week old son to return to work was about the worst feeling in the world. But, it's far better for our family at this time for me to work. Moreover, I knew it was going to ruin my time WITH my boy if I was hanging onto guilt over all the missed moments. I knew I'd suffer as an employee if I spent my days feeling guilty for being there. I knew I'd suffer as a wife if I felt guilty for not finishing the dishes each night or for letting the laundry pile up a day (or two) too long.
I knew that if I let the guilt in, it would grow like a tumor and spread throughout all aspects of my life - and I couldn't let that happen. Instead, I had to let the guilt go and hang onto the joy of each moment of the day.
So, here I am, 2 days away from Lent and ready to take on my guilt-free challenge with a little twist:
Each day for 40 days, in an effort to remind myself not to
hang onto any guilt, resentment, anger, or negativity,
I will blog about the things I am grateful for that day.
I can't think of a better way to stick to my goal and count down the days until Easter - perhaps the most glorious holiday of them all.
I encourage you to do the same. But, if not, at least join me each day to focus on the things that fill life with joy (and a healthy dose of humor along the way).