I spent a lot of time reflecting on this week’s Just Be Enough prompt – what 10 things do you need for your Just Be Enough Journey? My top 10 list is my set of guiding values on what I need to just be enough.
Faith – I have posted on my blog on my journey back to the Church. I still am not attending as much as I would like. I have rediscovered the importance of my spirituality and my prayer life. http://tranquilamama.wordpress.com/2012/04/13/a-revelation/
Hope – I learned through my struggles with postpartum depression to hold on to the little moments of hope. Hope helped sustain me through the early months of my diagnosis. I knew that there was a light at the end of the tunnel, and that I would eventually get better.
Love – My husband, my girls, my parents and my immediate and extended family provide me with so much love. I am so blessed to have this unconditional love and support even when I’m being a total pain in the ass or making a mountain out a molehill.
Humor – A wonderful local blogger, Alexandra of http://www.gooddayregularpeople.com that I admire has spoken often about the use of humor as a way to survive the early parenting years. Life can be ridiculous, and acknowledging that makes those tough days better.
Self-confidence – A former colleague of mine told me to visualize myself in my current role. She said that I had to “own it”. I am not completely trained and up to speed, but I can contribute in a meaningful way. I bring a unique perspective to the position based on my previous work experience.
Lifelong learning – This new job can make my head swim with complete information overload at times, but I am learning so much. I am blessed to work for a company that is dedicated to improving the lives of patients through our medical technology.
Honesty – I realized that I didn’t want my girls to grow up thinking that they needed to be superwoman. My struggle with perfectionism made me realize that I need to examine myself and see what I need to feel fulfilled as a woman and as a mother.
Passion – I am rediscovering my passion for writing, exercising, reading and immersing myself in my second language. These passions help fuel my creativity.
Kindness – My favorite quotes is from Plato: “Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.” I am learning to treat not just others but myself with kindness. Being kind to myself and having positive self-talk increases my self-confidence.
Empathy – One of the reasons I started my blog was to share my experience with postpartum depression and postpartum anxiety. I wanted to pay it forward. I received so much support from the #ppdchat community on Twitter, in particular one of the members of the JBE team, editor Robin Farr of http://farewellstranger.com . By simply responding to an e-mail of mine, Robin was a helping hand guiding me out of the darkness. She made me feel less alone. Isn’t that what we are all looking for – connection with others?
What things do you need on your journey?