“I’ve been so committed to prove (as though anyone cares) that I can handle it all. And I’ve handled a whole lot of things. I’ve had babies and lost babies and written books and spoken at events and run races and hosted all manner of showers and dinners and parties. I’ve done so many things. And I’m so tired. I miss my friends. I sleep terribly. I snap at my kids more than I want to, and then I lay in bed at night feeling guilty about it. I spend more time asking my husband for help with the dishes or kids than I do asking him about his life and dreams and ideas. Who wins, then? I handled it all! I showed them! But who is “them”? Who cares? Whose voice am I listening to? What am I trying to prove? What would happen, what would be lost if I stopped, or if I slowed down to a pace that felt less like a high-speed chase all day, every day? [I’m] stuffed. Exhausted. Wrung out and over-scheduled to the point where even things I love to do sound like obligations…there has to be another way…”
From Present Over Perfect by Shauna Neiquist
When I read those words they jumped off the page and took hold of my heart.
I’m just going to be totally honest with you…I’m tired too. I have very little blank space on my calendar. I run from one thing to the next. I’m managing ministry, errands, family, and activities…I’m handling it all…but my overstuffed life has left me with an undernourished soul.
I feel it. I sense it in my body, in my spirit…maybe you do too. In fact, I know I’m not alone. I’ve had countless conversations and hear continuous comments about how so many of us have lives that are overstuffed with work, with activity, and with expectations. We are busy, busy, busy and for some reason, we wear it like a badge of honor. We’re handling it all, we’re getting through but we’re paying a high price.
And worst of all, we keep it all under wraps.
That’s why I have created this blog. I want to build a community where we can encourage and challenge one another to live a radically different life. In my weekly posts, you’ll find a variety of practical ideas, resources, quotes, personal stories, scriptures and reflection questions to help us believe, live and lead radically different. I haven’t figured this all out. I’m still learning and have just as many questions as answers. I’m an expert at struggling to let go of the things that I know are sucking the life out of me but I believe that there is so much to discover in the journey!
How can you get involved? Comment on posts, share your feedback, questions, celebrations, and struggles with this community. Email me! I’d love to connect with you. I value your input and frankly, the journey is better when we do it together!
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