Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Bad Moms

So recently some girl friends and I had a moms night out. What a much needed fun night. We had dinner and talked and saw a movie... Bad Moms.

Now before you start to write me off because I watched this movie, yes I know it was raunchy and inappropriate. It was also funny.. judge me. I will not be adding it to my video collection, but I would be lying if I said I didn't laugh. The point of this blog is not to debate the holiness, or lack thereof when it comes to this movie.

Basically in the movie, there are moms we are made to feel as if they are bad moms because they don't quite live up to societies ideas for what good moms should do. And mom guilt is such a real thing.

But honestly, 99% of the time, I don't feel like a bad mom. Maybe that's narcissistic of me. But hear me out.

I mess up as a mom plenty. I don't think that 99% of the time I do a perfect job. I am saying, that I have learned to stop trying to live up to some impossible standard of motherhood.

Some days our houses are messy and we are running late so dinner comes from McDonald's.

That doesn't make you or I a bad mom. That makes us human.

If you are doing the best you can with you have, then I think you are a great mom.

Maybe you have had to restart the washing machine 3 times, because you kept forgetting to put it in the dryer.

Maybe you let your kids have ice cream for dinner.

Maybe some other mom gets up and makes a hot, homemade breakfast for her kids every morning, and you kids are eating a pop tart in the car on the way to school.

This is that mantra I want you start saying when you feel as if you aren't doing motherhood as well as some others:

Wanna know why I think I'm doing pretty well at being a mom? Because I stopped trying to be perfect. I stopped comparing myself to mothers who seem like they have it all together, because I guarantee they struggle with some of the same mom doubt you do.

God has given you the tools that you need to be a fantastic mom.

Love you kids and love yourself and do you best.

Maybe in the eyes of some, I'm not a great mom, and that is OK. I can tell you this: My kid will never have to question if she is loved, because I probably tell her about 100 times a day. I tell her she is smart and kind and beautiful, because she is, and because that is the kind of woman I want her to become. I want her to be confident in herself, and I think that confidence begins with moms who can instill that into their children.

And on the 1% of the days when I am certain I am screwing it up, I have to say to myself: I will hold myself to a standard of grace not perfection.

Ephesians 4:7 But grace was given to each one of us according to the measure of Christ's gift.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Join my Team!

A trend I've noticed on social media is the multitude of my friends who are involved in some sort of multi-level marketing business. Forewarning, if this is you, this blog is not about you... not specifically. It isn't my aim to offend.

Don't get me wrong, I have no problem with a friend making some extra income selling skin care, or makeup, or things to make people skinny. Kudos to you! I myself tried my hand at it, and quickly decided that selling is not my forte.

There are only two times I get really bothered... the first is when random people add me or try to message me to try to sell me something. Chances are if I don't know you, I don't want any. Thanks!

The other time I get annoyed is when my facebook friend, is no longer my facebook friend, because my friend has now transformed into a business. I no longer see pictures of family or an anecdote of their day. Instead I am bombarded with purchasing the product they are selling or joining their team to begin selling said product.

I have friends who do an amazing job of balancing their selling posts with real life posts not aimed at getting me to buy something.

NEWS FLASH: I didn't become your social media friend to hear about your business. I became your friend because I enjoy hearing about your life... and its OK that your business is part of that!

A bigger issue of focusing your social media 100% on your business is this: I wonder how the world might change if people were as excited about Jesus as they are their multi-level marketing business?

Yeah I know, I probably lost a few friends after that statement. I didn't write it to make anyone angry, but rather to open everyone's eyes. I want Jesus shining bright through me at every opportunity... especially in my social media. Why? Because I personally have 1,300 facebook friends (maybe less after people read this). When in my ever day life do I have the opportunity to share Jesus with 1,300 people? Umm... like never.

Promoting your business on social media isn't wrong or sinful and that is not the message I am trying to get across. My point is that anything that we put before God, is a stumbling block. I know, you love God more than whatever you are selling... but does everyone else know that? Are you using this platform simply to make money, or do you equally use it to promote Jesus?

Living our lives and letting our actions do the talking is a great way for people to see and know that we are different, but not the only way.

Romans 10:14 But how can they call on him to save them unless they believe in him? And how can they believe in him if they have never heard about him? And how can they hear about him unless someone tells them?

This is the team we should all be promoting first and foremost.

This team may not pay your bills for you, but it comes with eternal life... so it's a pretty great team to be part of.

What is Paigerific? I’m glad you asked, although I don’t have an exact definition to offer. Paigerific is my thoughts and my heart. Paigerific is my passion and my fear. Paigerific is my success and my failures. Paigerific is my blood, sweat, and tears. Paigerific is more than just simply word. It’s a million different words all rolled into one. Words like hope, grace, determination, imperfection, love, faith, insecurity… The one word I would use to describe myself? I am Paigerific.


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