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Mom, You Are A Leader

You’re just a stay-at-home-mom, your day consists of laundry and dishes and runny noses and chasing toddlers and tantrums and cooking and errands and all those things that a mom must do.

The truth is — you’re raising the next generation. We often hear how being a mom is THE most important job, and I’m sure you believe that, when I was just a stay-at-home-mom I believed that too. And while I knew my job was vital and I knew it mattered, it never occurred to me that I was in fact a leader.

When I started working full-time and I no longer got to spend my day with my children I knew that I wanted to start my own business, to be an entrepreneur of sorts… a writer, because that’s just me, it’s how I process the world. So I hired a business coach. I set out on this journey and I wanted someone who actually knew what they were doing to help me.

I met Dr. Michael Nichols after attending a webinar he did. I loved his message and after speaking with him my hubby and I decided that this was the right move. That was several months ago, and it’s still one of the smartest decisions I’ve ever made.

I’ve learned a lot, I’ve grown so much and one thing that keeps coming back to me is that I am a leader now and I was a leader even when I was just a stay-at-home-mom.

Now I don’t keep saying just a stay-at-home-mom to be condescending, I say so because whenever someone used to ask me what I do for a living I always said, “oh, I’m just a stay-at-home-mom.” And the truth is, I wasn’t giving myself enough credit, and I’m sure you’re not either.

Once you change your mindset, a whole new world opens up. I’m sure you’ve thought of yourself as a leader in different situations, but how can you change your mindset to live like a leader even as just a stay-at-home-mom?

When you’re deep in the trenches of diapers and snotty noses and bad attitudes, it can definitely be hard to see through all the muck and realize that you are doing eternal work — and this is for ALL moms whether you make an income or not. Being a mom is important and you are a leader. I say all this because it’s time that moms realize this. My business coach is not just that, he’s a life coach. Someone who has not only guided and encouraged me in business decisions, but we started with my heart. We started with my husband and my family and in creating a life plan to make sure that no matter what choices I make down the road, they all line up with what truly matters to me.

Through all this, I realized how helpful this would have been even while being a stay-at-home-mom. What if I mapped out my life priorities and everyday I was working toward those goals, if everyday I did just a little something to move myself in the right direction, what could my life have looked like? Would that mean less frazzled days because I knew what the goal was? That I could relax a bit and spend more happy times with my children because I knew the big picture?

I want to encourage all of you… moms, grandmothers, sisters, daughters… whoever you are and no matter what stage in your life you are in today, you are a leader in some way. If you’re not leading today at some point in the future you will be.

So Mom, remember… you are a leader, you are doing eternal work that matters in a big way.Mom, You Are A LeaderMom, You Are A Leader


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  • October 14, 2015

Around Here

It’s hard to believe that it’s already October. 2015 has been such a whirlwind. We started off by buying a house at the end of January, a new-to-us Suburban in March, a week later my husband lost his job. Because of his health we decided it was best for him to not try to find work but instead to stay at home with us and let me start working full-time. Fast forward a few months, I’m working full-time, we’re slowly settling into a new rhythm and we find out I’m pregnant!

I’m just grateful not all years are as eventful as this one!

While this year has definitely had its ups and more than its fair share of downs, it has been a great year.

  • Right now, we’re decorating for fall. A bit late, as I usually decorate at the beginning of September, but it’s hard to think of fall in Texas when it’s still HOT outside. But I have to say, the last couple of weeks have been much cooler and it really is beginning to feel like fall.
  • I bought myself a treat — a Keurig! I love it.
  • My hubby turns 51 in just a couple of weeks — 51! The kids have a fun party planned… I’m anxious to see how it all comes together. And don’t get any ideas, he’s MUCH older than me.
  • I ordered owl pellets for the kiddos to dissect, there were a few wrinkled noses and someone declared their disgust. I’m sure it won’t be so bad once they start to dig in.
  • The realization that we will once again have three children 4 and under just hit me. It’s neat that our younger children are close in age just like our older ones are. In case you hadn’t heard, we are expecting Baby Dyball #6.
  • It’s time to transition our 20 month old out of our bed to make room for the new baby.
  • We’ve been watching Bones for several years on Netflix, we’re slow. We just had an ALL day marathon though because I knew the wedding was coming soon and I couldn’t wait — it did not disappoint. I foresee finishing up the series on Netflix soon so we started recording the new season on the DVR.
  • While I may be decorating for fall, I’m already thinking about Christmas. Our house is twice the size of our last and I think we need 2 Christmas trees — I was thinking one in the living room and one in the library… seems reasonable, right?

Just a few random notes from my corner of the world.

What’s been going on around there?

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  • October 8, 2015

How to Cope When You Are Exhausted

You know how you always have great plans to finish projects, get ahead, and just be AWESOME?! Well, another week’s gone by and I didn’t get ahead, I didn’t finish up projects…but I was awesome, I think!

But I’m tired — it’s almost 9 pm and I just realized that somehow I forgot to finish up the post I was working on to be published before 9 am. How does that happen?

Because my brain is fried, and because I am dedicated to making sure I publish something every Wednesday I thought I’d just talk a bit about being exhausted.

That’s how I’m feeling right now. Up too late several nights this week, up too early several mornings…fast food (yuck!) and I am feeling RUN DOWN and tired, oh so tired. I took a nap this afternoon, and truthfully I slept too long and I didn’t wake up feeling refreshed…I felt irritated and annoyed and VERY sluggish.

All I can do now is move on and work towards getting back on schedule and eating right so that I feel my best.

When You Are Exhausted…

  1. Give yourself grace. Whether you’re swamped at work or with volunteer projects or babies keeping you up all night, know that this is just a season and it will pass.
  2. Relax, put your feet up when you have a moment and drink a glass of water.
  3. Drink lots of water! While you might be tempted to grab a cup of coffee or soda — I promise you will feel a million times better if you drink water instead.
  4. Nap, a short nap is better, if you can.
  5. Try to get to bed earlier, if possible!
  6. If babies are keeping you up, try to sleep when they do.

How to Cope When You Are Exhausted(Forgive my typos or grammatical errors tonight! I am sleepy…I have not added pictures yet, but at least I can say I published a post and didn’t miss a week!)How to Cope When You Are Exhausted

  • September 23, 2015