When I first started getting theraputic massages to help out with some back issues, I remember asking the therapist, “Don’t your arms get tired from this work?” She told me the way they are trained, she uses her entire body to give the massage, and said that sometimes it’s almost like SHE is getting a massage too, because of the methods.
I immediately made a direct connection in this to my own life. There’s so many “little things” in mothering littles that can sap our strength. We get to the point where we want to rush through those evening baths and bedtime stories. Where taking a moment seems like an eon when our to-do list is overwhelming us.
When I thought about what really motivates me, I realized, quite honestly, it’s these two little boys – they need me. And they need me to keep it all together and get it done, because they simply can’t do it themselves. I’ve been gifted these children by God and am uniquely made to be their mom. That’s super motivating for me, and puts a new perspective on every task I do for them.
So… how to feed your soul as a mom?
It’s simple really. Focusing on our motivations, how and why we do things… you can actually feed your soul as a mom with the same activities that used to drain you! Here’s some examples from my own life!
Reading – those bedtime stories. As much as some nights I just want it to be lights out, I’ve got two little boys bringing me piles of books to read. Results? I choose to look at it differently – instead of time lost from my “chores,” I get to enjoy some old favorites from my childhood like The Cricket in Times Square, Charlotte’s Web, and more! These are clasics I probably would’ve never returned to if it weren’t for my children.
Thinking spiritually – Children are so open with their questions about life and the meaning of it. As an adult it’s easy to lose that sense of wonder in God’s world because we’ve just become so used to it, we can filter it out. I often find myself refreshed by the simple yet illuminating questions my children ask about God and our world. Their questions make me think more spiritually about even the little things. The same goes for reading Bible stories and verses. It’s hard to rush through when you have children asking questions and needing words defined. I feel my children’s growing sense of awareness feeds my soul, and they help me to slow down and be more thoughtful about expressing my beliefs.
Being outside – I am grateful for active busy boys who want to run and play outdoors all day. Because I could very easily get caught up cleaning the house, prepping food,or working on the blog if I were left to myself. Being sure the boys get outdoor play time, means that I get to either run around with them, or just sit back on the lawn and watch them play, find shapes in the clouds and generally RELAX! (If only for 5 minutes!).
Today is a great time to pause and consider what motivates you? What feeds your soul in your active and busy life?
Feed your body too, moms!
Let me tell you. Nothing ruins a good soul-refreshing time than… pain! Last week I started tutoring Classical Conversations and wore the wrong kind of shoes for being on my feet all day. I had an AMAZING time, but when I got home that afternoon and took my shoes off – the pain I felt pretty much wiped away all the fun out of the day!
That’s kind of how it can be as moms. We can have a great day with our family, then one tantrum, one lost toy, one left-behind lunch… can just ruin the day. Beyond finding new perspective in our daily tasks as moms, sometimes we also just have to have the right “equipment.”
I’ve been trying out this new convertible clog / sandal shoe from Rocky 4EurSole. It’s a fantastic concept I am excited to share with you.
You know, when I buy shoes, I’m always torn between, do I get the open back or the closed back?
But with Rocky 4EurSole – you don’t have to pick! These leather clogs actually come with a second sole insert. The soles are removable so you can swap out the closed-back sole for an open back sole! YES!
One shoe, two profiles! Truly innovative styling for women on the go!
PLUS, use the snap-on strap either around your heel OR as a decorative layer across the arch of your foot. Or remove it altogether. So there’s at least four styles you can get with this one shoe!
Regarding how they feel, I rate these shoes very highly, comfort-wise. The soles feel incredibly soft and supportive, which is important for me being on my feet all day.
As far as sizing, I did experience a little difficulty. I admit, I am VERY hard to fit for shoes, because I am one of those “in-between” people – where I wear a 7.5 and sometimes an 8. AND my right foot is just a smudge longer than my left. So in my Rocky 4EurSole shoes, here is how that worked out:
- Closed back insert: I found with the closed back sole, the fit was rather snug – wearable but a bit snug for me to wear for an extended time period.
- Open back sole: With the open-back sole, the fit was wearable, but a bit too loose-feeling for my taste.
- Open back sole with strap: In this version, the fit was EXACTLY the way I like it! That made me so happy as this is actually the style I love the most anyway.
I love the shoes overall, so while I can only use the other two styles for very short periods of walking around, I’m happy that the strap style fits perfect, because that’s the one I’ll choose for daily wear! I am pretty confident that if you’re sizing is solidly one size, and you have no length differentiation, you’ll be happy with all three styles in this shoe.
Rocky 4EurSole is all about feeding a woman’s soul (and sole!) with their convertible shoe styles. I think it’s great that one shoe can provide so many options so you can go from work to play in a quick-change second! Plus you should see the color range they have!! This snakeskin print appealed to me as being fun and funky and versatile. But they have bright pinks, earthy greens and browns, and classic black and white clogs too!
Disclosure: I am part of the PTPA Brand Ambassador Program with Rocky 4EurSole and I received compensation as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.