I think the woman in Proverbs 31 was on to something. She was a busy, juggling, multitasking and very accomplished mama from my vantage point. How did she do it all? I have heard some say they don’t like her. I’ve heard it said that she makes it hard for anyone to live up to. That the pressure to be like her is too much, but I think she’s a BOSS. She was a Renaissance woman before there were Renaissance women. She took care of her family, she pursued her interests, she engaged in some entrepreneurial activities, she was encouraging, supportive to her husband, present with her family, she served her community and she kept herself together. (#selfcare)
She’s not an unrealistic ideal, she’s a role model for balance.
People may read Prov. 31 and infer that she was exhausted. I mean she was up before the sun each day. Again, I read that as a wise woman who realized that there is no better time to get done what you want to get done (or maybe even need to get done) than while it is yet night. In other words — the house is quiet and the family hasn’t started to stir.
Have you ever noticed that when the whole house is up, you can’t seem to find time to accomplish what you set out to do. It’s classic, as wives, moms, employees, career women, we get sucked into the day once the day starts for everyone else.
For the past few weeks I have gotten up while it is yet still night (4-5 days a week) and I have been able to develop a routine…a consistent routine. A routine that makes me feel that I am moving toward my goals.. I have time to workout 4-5 days a week, have my vitamins, tea and a healthy breakfast, say my affirmations, read my bible, and sometimes like today, write a bit in the morning too. It feels good to make time for what’s is needed to start my day on the right trajectory. It feels right to put on my own mask first as they say in the airline industry. When I do that, I can be a more present mom, supportive spouse, and less annoyed colleague. I can manage my work, my home and even find time for my pursuits.
I used to think it was a suggestion to start the day while it is yet quiet but I now think maybe this amazing woman wasn’t doing it as function of preference but rather wisdom.
Be balanced, be blessed!