It’s Not Always About You!
Hey everybody! Happy Monday!
You know how sometimes the universe has a lesson for us, even when we try not to see it?
What do they call that?
Oh yeah.. Epiphany.
An interesting conversation (and some much-needed time alone) this weekend preceded this image, which was one of the first things I saw in my Facebook feed this morning.
“At the end of the day, it’s not about what you have or even what you’ve accomplished. It’s about what you’ve done with those accomplishments. It’s about who you’ve lifted up, who you’ve made better. It’s about what you’ve given back.”
At the end of last year, Good Enough Mother turned 10. Not the woman; I am much older than that (YIKES!). No, the brand turned 10.
Sometimes in the creation of a brand, all the “stuff” we have to do, we lose sight of what it was all about, about what drove us to create what we did and why we continue to do it.
That was me.. this entire weekend.. well a lot of it, anyway. Reading this reminded me what it was all about.
A decade ago, I wrote Good Enough Mother (the book) because I wanted women, wives, mothers and others to feel better about the job they were doing as parents. I wanted there to be something we could learn from the collective parenting experience.
When I look back to its genesis, I remember how frustrated I was as a young(ish) mother and how many of my friends were frustrated too, trying to be perfect; in other words, they were beating themselves up over something that was completely unattainable.
My hope is that when I’m gone, people will remember me not because I had a big TV gig or a nice house, two kids and a husband. I want people to remember that I didn’t have my shit together all the time. Not only was that okay, it was (and IS) okay for them to not have it together too.
I didn’t write the book, create the website, continue to create content and push social for me… it’s for the people who need to hear that being imperfect is okay.
And THAT is why I continue.
So that’s today’s Monday Motivation. Now, ask yourself.. what have you done for others without expecting anything in return?