I remember, as a teenager and then as a young adult, my mom would tell me that it's really hard to keep ahold of yourself, who you really are, when you become a mother. I didn't really understand what that meant at the time. How could you lose who you are? What does that even mean?
Then, four years ago, I became a mother. I became so completely immersed in my daughter. I was buried in bathtime and naptime and breastfeeding schedules. I was happy but I was 100% mom. And then, two years ago, I had baby #2. Now I was double immersed and double buried. It was wonderful and I loved it, but my mom was right: I had lost a little bit of my individuality. I couldn't really remember what I liked to do for fun. What was I passionate about, besides my children and husband?
I had a real come to Jesus moment, or maybe it was a come to myself moment. I took some time and did what I was completely unaccustomed to doing: I thought about myself. I took some time and figured out who I was now. And, most importantly, what I needed in order to feel like myself again.
Finding, or rather, rediscovering your voice as a mother is hard to do. But it is vitally important for your happiness and, I believe, for your family's happiness. "When Mama ain't happy, ain't nobody happy" is a saying that is much more true than we think.
I love our exclusively-designed, inspirational bracelets because they are a constant reminder to keep hold of that voice you've fought to find again. These delicate bracelets can be worn alone, for a simple message, or stacked together to express all facets of who you are. Here are a few of my favorites:
Sometimes I feel like a total and complete hot mess. Like, when was the last time I even showered? And my house is even more of a mess than I am. But guess what? What I'm doing is beautiful. And messy. I'm a beautiful mess.
I love this Tribe bracelet and its reminder to live in the moment. It's so easy to get caught up in the craziness of every day life, in future plans, in social media and miss those small, quiet (and sometimes not-so-quiet) moments with your kids. But guess what? (And I'm sure no one has ever told you this before.) Your kids won't be little forever. So "Be Here Now"!
It's so hard as a mother to feel like you are a doing an adequete job in raising your kids to be decent human beings. It always feels like you should be doing more, being more. But you are EXACTLY what and who your kids need! You are enough. Say it with me: I AM ENOUGH.
In a world of chaos and noise, sometimes you just need to take a moment and be still. Be quiet and live in the moment. This gorgeous open cuff bracelet will be the reminder that you need to find the quiet moments and live in them.
All of our tribe bracelets are on sale today as part of our FASHION FRIDAY deal. Look through all the options and find the options that speak to you. And then look down every day and remind yourself of your voice and your identity.