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I’m pretty sure every woman has moments in her life when she holds back because she’s nervous about what might happen if she tries something new, if she follows her heart, if she listens to the Moments of Yes that dance around in her mind.
A few years ago my husband decided to take an EMT class so he could certify and become a volunteer EMT. These classes were piled on top of his already full plate. Being a dairy farmer means early mornings, late nights, working holidays and everything in between. I already felt as though I was trying to be the mom, the wife, and helping fill in being the dad when he simply couldn’t be there. The classes were late at night and I found myself home alone, even more that usual, with my three young boys several nights a week.
You know how long those evenings can feel when you are solo and need to teach your kids to share, be nice, eat their veggies, convince them that bathing and brushing teeth is important and skipping it is a battle they aren’t going to win, along with reading for 20 minutes every day, practicing spelling words, and teaching to try and be like Jesus!
It’s a bit of an overwhelming responsibility because you know exactly how important it is.
You know you’ve only got one shot at raising your kids, and you have to get it right.
After the kids were tucked in bed I was left alone to choose how I wanted to spend my time. That’s right, a few hours, a couple times a week, I could spend however I wanted. Yup, it was me time! I’m not a very good relaxer, okay I actually don’t ever relax, so parking my rear end in front of the T.V. wasn’t appealing to me. It was too dark and cold to go outside and ride my bike which would have been my first choice if I lived in Arizona.
My mind started wandering and thinking of all the options I had. I could catch up on my journal writing, I could clean my cupboards, I could create fun activities for the boys to do the next day, I could make cute lunchbox notes, I could bake cookies for the neighbor, or I could do something just for me.
As soon as I started thinking of doing something just for me I started having “Mom Guilt”. You know what I’m talking about don’t you? It’s the feeling that somehow taking time for yourself makes you selfish, that you should be serving your family, or someone else in need, or at least scrubbing toilets. I pushed those feelings to the side and decided I needed to follow my Yes Moment…a moment when I could say yes to taking care of myself, a moment of saying yes to doing something just for me.
I wanted something that would challenge me to learn and allow me to be creative. I had been kicking around the idea of starting a blog for a few years, but I was nervous. Throughout my life I have always felt a little nervous about trying new things. I’ve been afraid of failing and having other people notice that I tried something new and wasn’t successful.
I wanted to start a blog but I didn’t really want anyone to know about it. That same fear of failure feeling crept into my mind. I wondered what people would think of me. Surely they would think I wasn’t qualified to be the author of a blog, or wonder why I thought I had anything valuable to share. Really, there are plenty of women that live right by me that are better cooks than I am. I pushed the fears to the back of my mind, went back to my Moment of Yes, that moment when I knew I needed to do something for me, and started my blog anyway.
Years later I can look back and see how much I’ve grown and how much more successful my blog is than I ever dreamed it would be. It’s crazy to look back at my first posts and my photography in the beginning and see how far it’s come. It’s fun to think about how much it will improve in the next year. It’s exciting to remember how many people were visiting my blog during those first years (um, it was pretty much just my sister) and to think about how many people visit my site now.
Besides watching my blog grow, I’ve learned and grown in ways I didn’t expect. I still recognize there are people who are every bit as good, maybe even better in the kitchen than I am but it doesn’t mean I can’t share what I know. I’ve learned I don’t have to be good at everything to be valuable at something and I’m a rockstar at getting dinner on the table in no time at all.
Confidence comes from trying new things with a positive attitude. I’ve learned how to accept failure and move on. I’ve learned how to celebrate success and move on! I’ve learned to listen to and run with those small Moments of Yes that pop into my mind, cross my fingers, hope for the best, and not care what other people think. I mean really, what’s the worst thing that can happen if I follow my Moment of Yes? If everything works out amazing things will happen and if not I will learn more about myself along the way!
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When you have Moment of Yes, which are so often followed by moments of insecurity, try to hush the fears that sneak into your mind and go for it. Sometimes those Moments of Yes prove to be a life changing moments, sometimes in the smallest of ways, sometimes in huge ways. Most of the time in ways you didn’t dream possible!