We are moms. We are daughters. We are wives. We are sisters. We are teachers. We are the organizers, uber drivers, nurses, cooks, listeners, consolers, menders, shoppers, cleaners, errand runners, appointment setters...and so much more. We adore our husbands and never minimize their important roles as the head of our homes. However, as in most families, the matriarch is the hub of the home. That is a role we wouldn't trade for anything. But sometimes it happens that you are so immersed in keeping all the spokes of the wheel turning, that you lose contact with yourself. Now I would imagine that men experience similar emotions, but we are women. So that's the viewpoint we present. It's important we make a point to reconnect with ourselves. We all know self care is vital. That is a general term that can cover so much: spiritual, physical, emotional well being. Raise your hand if you have ever felt like you were just going through the motions of the daily grind. Raise your hand if you have ever felt under appreciated and spread thin. If you're a mom and you haven't raised your hand yet, that's amazing! You must be doing all the things right. I look around me on a regular basis and see tired, weary faces. I see moms, including us, who are wearing ourselves thin trying to be everything for everyone. (Now that sentence makes me want to launch into a chat about how only God can be that.) But friends, hear this. I spent a long time gathering information on starting an online business. I am not a risk taker. It was simmering so to speak. Then a few things happened. In less than a year, we lost my husband's dad, his grandpa, and nine days after that my dad. Something clicked in me that said, "What are you waiting for?" I heard my dad's voice saying, "It will either work...or it won't." I approached two of my besties about opening an online boutique. Why a boutique? I have no idea. Most likely because it was very far removed from my full time career as a teacher. Now don't get me wrong, I have no regrets in that department. I have always felt God called me to teaching. But it is a life that increases your mental, emotional, and physical pulls by leaps and bounds. The timing just wasn't right for one friend. She was in a different season. But Shelly was like (and I paraphrase) "Girl, this is crazy! I'm in!" We were immediately overwhelmed by all the legal things involved in starting a legit business. I remember telling her we would do one task at a time, and before you know it we would look back over our shoulders to see how far we had come. And her husband told her if it was easy, everyone would do it. Those are the thoughts that kept me focused. And guess what? We are having so much fun! And guess what else? We found ourselves again! This journey has EMPOWERED us. We have a renewed confidence in ourselves. We are excited about being a different kind of role model for our children. No, it has not been easy. BUT we peek over our shoulders, and are amazed at our journey. And we are humbly thankful. We challenge you to consider what it is that would help you find yourself again or give you a renewed sense of purpose. Doing that doesn't diminish the importance of all the other roles you play for your family and others. Don't put it off. Take one tiny step today toward it.