The Hardest Job I’ve Ever Loved

Momm-ing

​It is the hardest job I have ever loved.

It is a job I prayed for, I hoped for, and dreamed of having.  And for a long time I feared I would never get to have. 

It is a job that is more difficult than I could have ever imagined.  But also more amazing. 

It is a job that brings me to my knees in prayer- asking for guidance, for patience, and for strength.  It is a job that fills me with fear and anxiety as much as it fills me with hope and love.  It is the most HUMBLING job I can imagine.  It is the only job there is NEVER ever a break from, there are a million ways to do it, yet almost every single person I know doing it fears they are doing it wrong.  Or worries they could be doing it better. Being in charge of another person’s world is a huge responsibility.  Sometimes overwhelming, other times daunting, and a privilege and blessing too often taken for granted. 

There are infinite approaches, philosophies, and perspectives of how to be a mom.  We even make up labels for moms.   “Helicopter Mom”  “Soccer Mom” “Tiger Mom” “Free Range Mom”…. I could go on and on.  With social media, smart phones, pinterest, and google, Momming is very different today than it was for our moms.  And it will be different for our children.   It is hard, scary, ever changing work.  We rarely get feedback on how we are doing as a mom- unless it is negative feedback.   Sadly, we are often judged most harshly: 
                     1. by ourselves and
                     2. by other moms.

The thing is- I genuinely believe most moms are doing THE VERY BEST that they can to parent. And I believe that we are more alike than we are different.  Most of all, though, I believe the more HONEST and AUTHENTIC we are about being a mom- the better.  The world does not need any more pinterest-perfect moms.  The world needs honest to goodness moms who make mistakes, share their experiences, and learn and grow.  It is not possible to be a perfect mom, and the effort that goes in to pretending to be one is exhausting.  A huge part of my recovery from an eating disorder has focused on allowing myself to embrace the messy, chaotic, and IMPERFECT parts of parenting and accepting that I will never be a perfect mom.  Because that simply does not exist.  But trusting that I CAN be the mom my boys need.  

Being a mom is the hardest job I have ever had.

But it is by far the best one.

Welcome to my Page

I am a writer, dancer, dreamer, friend, wife, and mother. My ten years of experience working in mental health failed to prepare me for the hardest job I have ever loved- being a stay at home mom to my three young boys. After struggling with an eating disorder for over 23 years, I finally chose recovery and found my voice. I have been writing for Recovery Warrior’s online magazine since April 2017 and am a Lead Contributor.

When not drowning in Super Mario or choo choo trains, you can find me clogging, reading, learning about astrology, taking long walks while listening to podcasts, or watching true crime documentaries. I also loves the ocean, the mountains, unicorns, any kind of art project, and all things sparkly.

Who am I?

  • I am quirky, clumsy, and extremely sentimental.
  • I am an extroverted introvert. While I absolutely love connecting authentically with others, I require solitude to recharge. Nothing drains me more than small talk.
  • I am a hippie at heart. A middle child, I have spent my life questioning why we can’t just all get along.
  • I have broken a ridiculous amount of bones, sometimes more than one at a time.
  • I cannot carry a tune, but love almost all genres of music. Country music is my favorite and I often use it to “teach” my children life lessons in “mommy school.”
  • Sometimes when I am signing my childrens’ agendas for school, I secretly imagine I am a rock star signing autographs for my adoring fans.
  • I am a recovering perfectionist who is chronically disorganized but almost always at least five minutes early everywhere I go.
  • I believe you have found this site for a reason and I am grateful you are here.

I am currently working on my first book. I live with my husband and three boys in the suburbs of Atlanta, GA. 

When you dance, your purpose is not to get to a certain place on the floor. it’s to enjoy each step along the way.

Wayne Dyer

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