Living Your Why
The 1.2 million parenting articles, the 12 podcasts episodes, the 8 books on your nightstand, the 5 well-meaning strangers who have given you advice in the grocery store…Your brain has taken all of this in within the last month.
It is overloaded.
Thankfully, knowing your why helps you tune out noise.
It helps you filter through information that, while great, doesn’t speak directly to you because it isn’t your core.
The concept of the why came into my life at just the right time, a time when I was desperate for it. I was working from home while taking care of two little boys (both practically babies). My husband was clocking a significant number of hours—enough to keep him at the office until well into the middle of the night even during our son’s first week of life. We didn’t live near family, and I was doing everything I could to keep a grip on my tenuous mental health. But still I was floundering.
That’s when I first started thinking about “the why.”
I began to feel immense relief in the idea that life isn’t about what you do but why you do it. tweet
Since then, I’ve grown stronger in my conviction that continually coming back to the whys of my life, my deepest intentions, helps me let go of some of the pressure to do it all—and the guilt for never being able to.
It’s a freeing way to live.
In a beautiful post on Momastery, Glennon Doyle Melton wrote:
Brave people only answer to ONE voice and that is the voice that arises within. Brave people are just people who trust themselves more than they trust the crowd.
Identifying your whys as an individual and as a family, will help you finally quiet the noise and listen to the voice that arises within.
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