In a world that teaches conformity, I hope to imprint uniqueness and individuality in my children.
To remind us what is true: my children were created and designed for a unique purpose. It takes time to unearth their unique treasure and gifts.
How to unearth the treasure in our children?
We give our children experiences to explore. We give them books to engage their curiosities. We give them tools to discover. We search for people that might mentor them. We listen and watch we watch them. We affirm them. We guide them.
Life’s not better because we try to be someone else or try to be just like everyone else.
Each of us are inherently important and valuable.
I must encourage myself to be me too. But who am I?
Just as I affirm my children in what they were meant to do and be, I also recognize that I need to do the same for myself: I must be who I am and do the things I was meant to do. I am not only a homeschool mama. Who am I outside my homeschool mama identity?
I’ll tell you a few interests I’ve followed over my homeschool years, but I know that my interests and your interests might be as far from one another as Africa to America.
- Began writing in a lowly Starbucks every Wednesday evening for two hours with a pumpkin spice latte and scone.
- Designed a home on a big piece of construction paper. (I was doing this since I was a little girl.)
- Researched laying hens and raised three batches.
- Researched meat birds and raised eleven (put eleven in the freezer last weekend).
- Didn’t research Large Guardian Dogs, but bought one anyway. (Should have researched her, Violet, our Great Pyr.)
- Built a vegetable garden, fruit orchard, and learned to forage and preserve.
- Built a bed & breakfast business and opened last summer. (Learned that I love interacting with new people and sharing our peaceful homestead.)
- Researched goats and hope to, one day, bring a few home.
- Started an online homeschool coaching program as I love to encourage and empower homeschool mamas to do their thang. (Cause I really believe if you want to do it, you can do it!)
What do you want to do? What are your interests outside the identity of homeschool mama? What do you want to pursue or learn?
“You can spend your whole life building something from nothing,
One storm can come and blow it all away,
Build it anyway,
You can chase a dream that seems so out of reach
and you know it might not ever come your way,
Dream it anyway.”Martina McBride