Enlightenment Monday’s : Hard Work Is Like Scrubbing A Shower With A Toothbrush

This weeks enlightenment post comes directly to you from my shower. Yep. You heard that correctly. I gained some perspective this week while scrubbing my shower with a toothbrush. If I thought attending a children’s play was a strange way to grow, then this takes the cake!

The month of April is typically met with ants. So I usually let all other rooms slide a bit, while keeping my focus on the kitchen and main bathroom. I find by keeping up with those two areas, it makes the ants almost nonexistent from about June onward.

The downstairs bathroom is one of the things I let slide and since my husband and I are the only ones who use it, its not a big deal. I have always found our tile shower hard to clean. It’s nice, but it definitely had some where and tear even before we moved in. At any rate, I couldn’t remember the last time I gave it a good scrub. So I grabbed the cleaner and an old toothbrush and got to work.

I scrubbed that sucker from top to bottom, for a good hour. It never looked better! Certainly not brand new, but pretty good if I do say so myself!

And you know what I learned in that hour? If you want something, it takes a lot of hard work. Sounds like a no-brainer, doesn’t it? But it’s more than that. During my time scrubbing the shower, I gained perspective on the definition of hard work.

The definition of hard work is that it looks different to everyone and can take on various forms. For me, that’s growing my blog and accomplishing my 2017 goals. My frustration came at the amount of time that is considered hard work. I have read all of these posts about creating a schedule and devoting so many hours a week to blogging.

Don’t miss understand. I realize to achieve any level of success requires a lot time and effort, but what I was doing was comparing. Comparing myself to others who have already reached their destination, while only seeing a glimpse of their journey.

Comparison is the thief of joy. -Theodore Roosevelt

So, while I was scrubbing my shower I came to the realization that the time I invest in my blog and my goals is enough. So what if its not a set amount of hours week? It may not seem like much to some, but during that time, I put forth a lot of hard work reading and writing.

So the definition of hard work, is that it looks different to everyone. While some may reach their destination more rapidly because of the amount of time they are able to invest, it doesn’t mean that my invest is less than. It just means my journey may take a little longer.

Copyrighted By: Boldly Bravely You





June : A Month To Be Still

I have been in a constant creative battle with myself. Pondering, wondering, searching – quiet frustratingly so, for my path. Which road do I take? Which path do I journey down? What door is the right one?

I have been reading a lot lately. Knowledge is power. Once you know something, you can’t un-know it. This can be a double edged sword. There is so much knowledge to be gained through reading, but the question remains the same. What do I do with all of this new found knowledge?

Honestly, I have no idea! It has bombard my every thought. I read books, listen to podcasts, and scour through e-mails and I feel as though I am no closer to an answer. Don’t get me wrong, I love being a mom. It’s everything! Absolutely everything! It’s the center of my being. Yet I feel a creative passion burning inside, looking for a way out.

As I scroll through my newsfeed, I see fellow moms working their own little businesses. Filling their creative souls through art, baking, fitness, and various other products. Here I am, like a sitting duck in the middle of a pond. I can’t see the shore and I have no idea which direction I should start swimming.

“Be still and know that I am God.” -Psalm 46:10

After talking with a dear family member they suggested I take a month to Be Still. What does that mean? It means I carry on, business as usual. I continue reading, listening to podcasts, and blogging. I don’t think about my creative path. I put that aside. I don’t agonize over the destination, I simply enjoy the ride.

June is my month. It’s my month to BE STILL. 

I must admit, it’s a lot harder than I thought it would be. It sounded easy. Carry on as I normally do without all of the added debate about my life’s path. But there I was on day one, pondering all of life’s monumental possibilities. If only I hadn’t listened to that podcast or read that e-mail. But that’s not true. Even if I hadn’t done those things, I am sure I would still be in wonder. I just probably wouldn’t be doing it on day one.

For everything there is a season. So, here I am. Trying to be still. Focusing on the journey, not the destination. Or at least, I am working on it.

Copyrighted By: Boldly Bravely You