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My reality of working from home is this:
I no longer have a commute, but I still wake up at 4:30 a.m. to start my workday.
I’m often disappointed with the food options in the “cafeteria.”
My letters to the janitorial team often get ignored as I trip over shoes and get disgusted with the dust.
I have to be ready at all times to hit the mute button on a conference call in case my kids break out into a fight over the last bowl of Frosted Flakes or if one of my cats spots a squirrel and photobombs a video conference. (It’s a tossup between the teens and the cats over who interrupted a call more than once.)
My last performance review included the need to upgrade stained hoodies and tattered workout pants for presentable clothing should the Amazon driver or the pastor’s wife stop by.
I did ask management to include a required workout time after prayer and Bible study. The request hasn’t been answered…yet.
I am 100% responsible for being the IT department and it stinks.
I am learning to be okay with the guilt of ignoring friends and family when they call because I have to hit a deadline.
I am 100% okay with being guilty of washing and drying laundry in two hours and then taking six to seven business days of getting it put away in between work deadlines.
I am not okay with dirty countertops – it’s the cleanliness craze in me.
I DO love working from home and humbly thank God every morning—even when Frosted Flake fights are breaking out.
Motherhood is a constant process of trusting in the Lord and His provisions. Whether or not we work an additional job, we put the needs of others who depend on us before our own. We give up sanity, sleep, and go without for the sake of those God has entrusted us to love.
When you are overwhelmed and can’t seem to live up to that ideal mom in your head, don’t compare yourself to another mom. Her highlight reel isn’t reality—remember her world is just as challenging as yours and you both need each other. We all need each other. This is why God gave us a community, so we can be the hands and feet of Jesus in real life.
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