I know when you are buried in your list of to-dos, the dozens of diaper changes in a day, and never finding time to even use the bathroom alone the last thing on your mind is your dreams. But somewhere in the corner of your heart are these dreams and passions you were once chasing. And somewhere along the lines you buried them under all your other responsibilities. But they are still there, waiting for you to pick them back up again. Mama, just because you are mom doesn’t mean you have to put your dreams away. Even if you you pursue your dreams a little slower, don’t let motherhood stop your dreams. Keep on dreaming.
Here is why you need to keep dreaming:
There are things on your heart that deserve to be cultivated
Motherhood isn’t the end of all your other dreams, just part of your dream
You are teaching your children that adults still dream
You matter too
You are more than a mom
Little things and big dreams. When I saw this journal from Speak Justice Design Co. I knew that this was exactly the message we mama’s needed to speak into our hearts. This was exactly the reminder that we needed as we journey through motherhood. Those little things on our heart, those little passions, those make up our big dreams. Motherhood is one of those little things, but outside of that, there are more things in our hearts that deserve to be discovered.
Kelly is doing just that with her business, read all about hear heart below:
“Almost a year after opening my Etsy shop, I felt called to make my business into something more. I was reading an article about sex trafficking in the U.S. and my heart was just breaking open. Human trafficking has weighed heavy on my heart for years, but I’ve never known what to do about it. I’ve felt helpless at the enormity of the problem. As this article weighed on my mind, on the treadmill at the gym of all places, the idea materialized to use my Etsy shop. I decided that night that I would rebrand my business and donate half of all my sales to an organization that finds, rescues, and rehabilitates victims of sex slavery. Over the next few months, I put in the work to transform Kelly Allen Design into Speak Justice Design Co.
Coming up with an exciting idea was easy. And exhilarating! Putting in the work to bring my dream to life while raising two little boys and helping my husband in youth ministry is hard. I never have enough time or enough balance. Ideas fly into my head and fly right back out when they can’t find a place to land. I get impatient with myself and the limitations of my season of life. I often feel totally inadequate. But here’s what I feel like God is speaking to me in the struggle: I am first called to motherhood. That calling, however, does not make the Speak Justice dream less important or needed. God has put both missions deep in my heart for a reason. But putting my family first means that my business will sometimes move more slowly than I want it to. My goals will sometimes need adjusting. And my expectations of myself have to be constantly set with grace. I am a woman, a wife, a mom, and an artist. I am not a superhero, and I’m certainly not God. So my definition of success has a lot more to do with pursuing God’s heart and loving my family than it has to do with likes, followers, or profits. And while that sometimes doesn’t feel like success at all, I’m trusting God to work that out and give me grace.”