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Challenge Yourself!

ORGANIZED UNDER: Encouragement

Have you ever heard the words, “When the kids are grown, I’ll ___________,” come out of your mouth? What fills that blank for you?

As homeschool moms, we explore at length the importance of facilitating opportunities for your children to explore interests and tap into their creative side through fine arts.

But, what about you?

Many of us have dreams and desires, but we put them on hold, hoping that we will have more time and energy when the kids are grown and gone. In the meantime, we pour ourselves out repeatedly, ensuring that our children are nurtured and that they are given adequate opportunities. But, what if we could nurture ourselves just a bit now? Even if it isn’t much – just a little here and there – would it not be worth it to facilitate opportunities for ourselves?

Facilitating Opportunities for Mom

Over the years, I have challenged myself in many ways. I am constantly seeking to learn how to create new products of true benefit to the modern homeschool community. But, much of this would not have come about had I not invested in my own growth.

It started when I was a go-getting teenager who taught myself coding and other skills. When I became a mom, the opportunities changed and allowed much smaller windows of time. Sometimes it was investments of just a few minutes here and there. And it wasn’t always directly related to my work. Perhaps it was learning to enjoy a good run or taking the time to watch a movie with my kids. But even those short bursts have fueled my creativity and allowed me to be an ever-growing person, even while devoting energy to raising five kids.

If you had all the time in the world to invest in a personal development or fine arts program, what activities would you choose? Would you learn an instrument? Take a drama class? Pursue taekwondo? Learn to paint? Write a book?

Whatever it is you would do, consider finding a way to challenge yourself and start this year. Today. Find a way to fit just two hours a week into your schedule to stretch yourself. That’s twenty minutes a day, six days a week to pick up the guitar or grow your photography skills. Twenty minutes a day to nurture your heart, mind, and soul.

Some weeks, it will be harder than others to find the time. Progress will probably be slower than you would like. But, a year from now, instead of still saying, “One day I’ll get to do this!” you will be able to look back and see a year of progress.

Choose to challenge yourself.

Even more, choose to invest in yourself. You won’t regret it!

With five kids in their teen and early adult years, Rebecca shares the many ups and downs of parenting, homeschooling, and keeping it all together. As the Well Planned Gal she mentors women towards the goal of discovering the uniqueness Christ has created in them and their family and how to best organize and plan for the journey they will travel.

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