You do you, the cool people say, but who be you?
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. Because I am not only a homeschool mama, I need to find my thing.
So homeschool mama, find your thing, but how?
But who are you outside your homeschool mama role?
Consider journaling to these journaling questions:
- What do you want to do?
- What are your interests outside homeschool mama?
- What did you like to do when you were eight years old?
- What did you do before your kids arrived?
- What was your occupation before your kids arrived?
- If you could do something creative, what would you make?
- If you had extra time, what would you do? (You can’t answer “clean something”).
- What do you want to pursue or learn?
- Describe your personality.
- What do people like about you?
- What would people say is challenging about you?
- What is your emotional landscape?
- What triggers you?
- What makes you feel happy or content?
- What makes you feel triggered or angry?
- What makes you feel overwhelmed?
- Do you understand why you feel what you feel?
- Do you understand your emotional triggers?
- What do you value? (Not just the things you think you should value or the things other people tell you that you should value, but what you actually value?)
- Who do you value and why?
- What are the activities you choose that you like to include in your day?
You’ve learned a few things about yourself. Consider how you’d like to include these things in your life:
- So what do you have on your list?
- What did you learn about yourself?
- What would you like to include in your life?
- And what would you like to exclude from your life?
- What have you learned about your priorities and your values?
Learn from Martina McBride about why you get to show up to be YOU in this life:
“You can spend your whole life building something from nothing, One storm can come and blow it all way. Build it anyway, You can chase dreams that seems so out of reach and you know it might never come your way, Dream it anyway.”–Martina McBride
Each of these elements helps you understand yourself so you can show up in your homeschool on purpose.
Big Emotions Journal for the Homeschool Mom
Introducing the Homeschool Mama’s Toolbox, a set of resources designed to help homeschooling mothers deal with big emotions and specifically address their thoughts. Your brain and thoughts are important tools that need to be regularly sharpened, and the Toolbox is here to help you do just that.
Incorporating mindfulness practices into your homeschool is one of the most effective ways to separate yourself from your thoughts and be present. The Toolbox includes three questions from Dr. Amen, author of Change your Brain, Change your Life: What am I feeling? What is the thought behind my feeling? What is the story behind my thought? These are questions that you can practice regularly to get the most out of them.
The Toolbox also encourages a daily meditation practice to help you distance yourself from your thoughts and just be present. Guided meditations such as Guided Meditation on Controlling Negative Thoughts and Guided Meditation for Inner Peace & Calm can help you get started.
Additionally, the Toolbox offers a Thought Care Checklist to help you deal with challenging situations that may arise in your homeschool. By considering alternative perspectives, you can reframe your thoughts and deal with the situation in a more positive and constructive way.
With the Homeschool Mama’s Toolbox, you can learn to influence your thoughts and create a better reality for yourself and your family. Download the Toolbox today and start sharpening your tools!
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Call to Adventure by Kevin MacLeod