I wanted to officially introduce myself now that I've been writing for a couple months and there are some new readers here.
Welcome! My name is Anita I am married to Matt and together we raise our three little boys. I am at home full-time with our sons which is a blessing but also challenging (mostly because it has pointed out all of the areas where I need to grow).
After our third son was born, and we were out of the newborn fog, I wanted to regain order and peace in my life, our family and home. While he was an "easy" baby, I felt like I was suddenly drowning in the chaos of three boys under four while trying to keep up with everything else. You can read more about that time here.
Ultimately, I found that by striving for progress over perfection and by focusing on the task at hand, I was able to start taking steps in the right direction. These steps have helped me establish greater peace and order in my life and I am better able to love the Lord and my family.
This leads me to why I am blogging about progress over perfection now. Today I am sharing my 7 Quick Takes: Why blog about Progress over Perfection? For more Quick Takes, visit This Ain’t the Lyceum!
Why blog about progress over perfection?
I want to create a place to encourage mamas who are avoiders and procrastinators. Motherhood is such a beautiful gift but so challenging in many ways. Keeping a home can be challenging, too. I think both can feel extremely difficult if you have a tendency to procrastinate or avoid what it is you're supposed to be doing. It's tempting to think you're the only one struggling with motherhood, home life, or getting things done while still taking care of yourself.
I want to provide solidarity and encouragement to mamas that there is hope. Motherhood can feel isolating when things are going well and even worse when it's difficult. I am so grateful for the women who have reached out to me since starting the blog. Thank you for sharing your life with me! We are in this together and I am so glad you are here.
I want to encourage mamas to set aside perfection. I desperately wanted to regain order and peace in our home but was waiting until I could go about it perfectly. I didn't start anything because I knew I would be interrupted. I have found great freedom by focusing on making progress in areas where I felt stuck instead of wallowing about how imperfectly things were going.
In addition to encouragement, I want to offer mamas practical steps they can start right now. When I was burned out, I appreciated the encouragement of other mamas but I felt like I needed a jumpstart with the direction I needed to tackle all of the chaos that was before me. I want to provide the direction a mama may need to get started again.
I have built so much momentum in my daily routine by tackling the task at hand (the task that is right in front of me) instead of debating what I should be doing. I want to pass this on to other mamas and I hope they are encouraged to tackle the task at hand especially at times when it feels like nothing is getting done.
Writing on my blog has been life-giving for me. It has been a creative outlet I didn't know I would appreciate. It has given me a greater appreciation for creative people - artists, musicians, writers of fiction and non-fiction and anyone who has seen a creative venture from start to finish. I am inspired now more than ever because I have a little glimpse into what it means to be creative.
Writing on my blog holds me accountable to diving deeper into what I have found to be helpful and continuing to wrestle with what is still difficult for me. It is a good reminder for me to practice what I'm sharing. I am so encouraged by the feedback I receive about what is working well for others!
I look forward to continuing to strive for progress over perfection with you! Thanks for reading.