Have you ever been discouraged? Of course, you have, we are all human! One of the biggest emotions I have as a mother is the discouragement. You easily get excited about a new adventure to share with your family, only for your kids to come down with a sickness or they pitch a fit which forces you to cancel plans. I want to do everything for and with my kids, I enjoy spending time with them and introducing them to new experiences, but I have high anxiety as well that I try my best to hide.
Our trip to Branson was something that I wasn’t even aware was happening until a week beforehand. Although my anxiety was through the roof, I simply put on my big girl panties and we started out. Even though several things happened that would have made me cower if we were at home, we had a great time. My kids even surprised me when they didn’t lose faith even though the weather was unruly that weekend.
I say that to tell you that it is okay to be disappointed or discouraged about something, just don’t live there. Life is full of mountains and valleys and sometimes it seems as though there is more time spent in the valleys, but as long as you keep your eyes forward and keep moving, everything will work out. When you think you have hit bottom, just know that there is only one way to go from there and that’s up!
Discouragement happens. It is okay to show your kids that it happens to everyone. Its okay to show your emotions to your kids. They need to know that it is okay to share their emotions openly and without prejudice. We can’t always show them sunshine and rainbows because that is just not how life is.
When you are feeling discouraged, lean on other moms, lean on your own mom, and you’ll find that you are not alone. If you feel you can’t talk to anyone else, reach out to a professional or work through your emotions by writing a blog! Believe me, when I tell you, it works. Even if you feel like no one reads what you have to say, at least you put it out there.
I have been feeling a little discouraged with this blog because sometimes I feel like it isn’t reaching out like I feel like it should be. There is so much amazing information on this site already and we are still a baby site. So, with a heavy heart, I am putting my discouragement out here, in a blog post, to share with everyone out there.
Share a time when you were feeling most discouraged in your life in the comments below. Share a word of encouragement for someone else who may be discouraged and let’s make this world a better place for those around us.