*Many thanks to The Mrs. Band for sponsoring today's discussion and reminding me that I'm enough!
Why are women so darn hard on themselves? I find myself being overly critical about every. little. thing. Especially after this past week when I couldn't seem to pull myself out of that funk I was in. I caught myself beating myself up over how poorly I was eating, how I was Mothering, how terrible of a friend I was being lately by not keeping in touch, skipping workouts, and not being as supportive to my Husband as I should have been. The list really goes on and on.
Before you go any further into this, do me a favor and watch this video, it will explain what has prompted this post. (but grab some tissues first!...fair warning!)
Self-doubt is one of the biggest and most crippling things we can do to ourselves because it's ridiculously hard to pick yourself back up when you find yourself swallowed deep into the dumpster. You know? And the truth is that a lot of what us women do on a daily basis goes unnoticed. Heck, I even take it for granted sometimes, and it's easy to feel like we just aren't doing enough. Like we just aren't enough.
But seriously, enough is enough is enough.... let's all stop and take a minute to realize why we ARE enough.
I'm Enough because I work hard at running a business & a blog so that I can help my family financially.
I'm Enough because I put my personal wants and needs aside the majority of the time, so that I can care for and be there for my kids.
I'm Enough because despite my flaws, I try very hard to be a good wife. A sister, daughter and friend.
I'm Enough because I have found motivation deep down, to really try and be healthier. It's a slow-going process, but I'm trying.
I'm Enough because of all of the things I've let go of to be a better person, and to live a more fulfilling life.
It actually feels really good to say all of that. I feel like a lot of times we don't give ourselves nearly enough credit. And sometimes when we say it out loud, it can feel like we're boasting. But really, we NEED to acknowledge our accomplishments, our sacrifices, and our triumphs. It's how we remind ourselves that what we're doing, and who we are... is more than enough.
The Mrs. will be releasing their debut EP this fall. And although the music may sound like what’s being played on pop radio right now, the lyrics tell a different story. As women in their late thirties/early forties, songs about teenage heartbreak and wild nights clubbing weren’t things they could relate to. They decided to write about their own lives - like the challenge of juggling a career, marriage, motherhood and friendships, while still trying to maintain their own identity.
The Mrs. sent me these decals and they have challenged and encouraged me to join the movement with this social media campaign -- to show that I am enough (even first thing in the morning with a puffy face and no makeup!)
Now it's your turn! Take a selfie in your mirror, post it to your social media channels and tag it with the hashtag: #imEnough.
And seriously, watch this video if you haven't already.