Even though I currently only work part-time as a playgroup teacher, I do find it challenging having to juggle work, building a business, fulfilling my responsibilities as a wife and mother and keeping my sanity in check.
Trying to do everything can get overwhelming. I believe that it is an innate nature for a woman to want to take care of everyone around her but neglect the most important person – HERSELF.
When I quit from my full-time job back in 2014, I thought that I would enjoy being a stay-at-home mom (SAHM). It was after all my dream to be with my children 24/7. At the time, my eldest had just turned 4 and I was still breastfeeding my No. 2, who was turning 2.
However, I did not anticipate that I would end up feeling miserable as a SAHM. I felt worthless and often times, I would berate myself for not keeping the house clean enough, not cooking often enough or simply not being good enough.
To make matters worse, I envied my working girlfriends who are successful in their careers, graduated with bachelor degrees or Master’s. I felt like I have failed miserably as a mother and a wife. I kept questioning my capabilities, my drive, my passion, my aspirations. Where have they all gone? Am I that unworthy? Why am I terrible at everything?
Therefore, less than 3 years later, as I have managed to wean off my youngest and enrolled her into nursery, I decided to re-enter the workforce.
But I soon realised just how much I missed my children. My body was at the workplace but my mind and soul was back home, thinking and wishing I was being silly and laughing with my daughters. Moreover, I hated feeling as though I was shirking my responsibilities at work, whenever I had to apply for leave to care for my children when they were unwell. I also felt horrible that I was just too tired to communicate and bond with my family when I got home from work.
I was so confused because I knew that I loved being home with my family but why was I miserable as a SAHM?
That was when I realised that during my time as a SAHM, I neglected MYSELF, my needs, my wants, my desires, my aspirations, my capabilities, my self-worth. I forgot what it was like to be my own person. I was too busy making sure that my children and husband were taken care of, that I forgot to take care of MYSELF.
I began to improve my relationship with my Creator (and still continue to do so). That lead to the creation of All Rounded Mom, where I strive to support and encourage other women to hold themselves in the same high regard as they do their loved ones. The resources I created are meant to inspire and empower you to become the best version of yourself. You deserve to live an extraordinary life.
We all strive to be that all-rounded, perfect person – able to do everything excellently. And yes, we can because we are capable of achieving great things. We will succeed in whatever we strive to but we do need to remember to…
That is what I hope to achieve with All Rounded Mom – create a safe outlet to celebrate our strengths while simultaneously, accept our shortcomings.
You can achieve everything that you aspire to, maybe not all at once but you will when you persevere.
Let’s go through this journey of life together and remember to have a laugh along the way.
It will all work out for the better.
Liz (All Rounded Mom)
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