Life has changed a LOT in the past few years. And for a lot of us Moms, it’s been a constant juggle of work, home, children. Maybe you’re busy juggling toddlers, homeschooling, virtual school, or hybrid school — along with the laundry, dishes, a side hustle or full-time work.
I’ll be the first to say — If the past year and a half has taught me anything, it’s that it’s incredibly rewarding to see how much you’re capable of! And… it can also be incredibly overwhelming.
Are you feeling overwhelmed, Momma? Spring has sprung, and while it’s usually a season of renewal — it’s not always that easy. School will soon be done for summer, and then the juggling act will only get more complicated!
But the point of this post isn’t to be all gloom-and-doom! Here’s the thing:
I believe that intentional living isn’t as hard as you might think.
It doesn’t require a perfect life. It doesn’t require a change of location, a complicated schedule, or perfectly behaved children! (But it often involves some creative thinking, planning, and mindset shifts!)
You can live intentionally. Right here. Right in the middle of your messy, imperfect, wonderful life!
But… HOW? How can you set your Life GPS in any direction when you’re feeling overwhelmed, stressed out, or stuck?
Here are three steps you can take when you’re feeling overwhelmed:
Get clear on where you’re AT:
You can’t put a direction in a GPS without knowing your starting point, right? The same is true with intentional living! If you want to get more purposeful (and less overwhelmed) you’ve got to be honest with where you’re at.
Grab a journal (or open a note in your phone) and answer these simple questions:
- How am I feeling Emotionally?
- How am I feeling Physically?
- How am I feeling Mentally?
Then take a look at your answers. Do you see any themes or recurring phrases in what you wrote? Circle them! You might notice some things that are causing overwhelm that could be solved easily! Other things might take some creative problem-solving, but if you’re feeling overwhelmed, there is ALWAYS a way out.
Get clear on where you want to GO:
Now it’s time to set your GPS on what’s ahead of you. Are you ready? Grab your journal, and answer these questions:
- What do I want my days to feel like?
- What kind of Mom do I want to be?
- What am I wishing I had more (time/space/energy) for?
Take a look back at your answers — Do you see any recurring themes or words in what you wrote? Again — you might see some things that are simple fixes, but other things are going to require some creative thinking in order to find ways to make your intentional life possible. (Don’t get discouraged if it seems impossible! You’ll get to take a simple step next so it doesn’t feel so far-off. 😉
Get clear on where the GAP is:
Whenever you put a destination in your GPS, you’ve got some travel time before you get there, right? The same is true for an intentional life — you’ve got to find ways to bridge the gap between where you’re at and where you want to go.
Take a look over everything you’ve written, and jot down some obvious things that you notice. Are you wishing you had more time alone? Wishing you could get more sleep? Wishing you had time for fitness, creativity, or that your laundry mountain was done?
And now you’re at the fun part: Making these dreams and new ideas happen! Here are a few questions you can ask yourself:
- Is there something SIMPLE that I could get off this list right now? (Maybe it’s washing your dishes or folding the laundry mountain!)
- Who can I share this with that would be helpful? (someone that’s a creative problem solver, and would have great ideas on how to make this happen?)
- What if this was FUN? (What if finding a solution for these areas that are feeling out-of-balance was actually fun? What could that look like?)
I hope these journaling prompts help you get un-overwhelmed — and remind you that there is ALWAYS hope and possibility — you just have to look for it. 😉
If you enjoyed these journaling prompts and want more help with your mindset around intentional living, you can download 3 journaling prompts that you can use every day! (link → 3 Journaling Prompts you should use Every Day.)