A major struggle that I face as a mama/wife/business owner/Jesus follower is PRESSURE. While there may be pressures that are placed on me by others, the reality is that most of it comes from my own unreasonable expectations that I place upon myself. I am supposed to be perfect, well dressed, have squeaky clean floors, well mannered children, meet all of my husbands needs, have X number of clients, no dirty dishes, meaningful quiet times and bible reading every day......the list goes on and on and on.
And I know that I am not alone.
I know that pretty much every woman I know has the same struggle in some shape or form. We all feel the pressure to be perfect, to display a certain image.
The past couple of months has been a season of growing for me. Letting go of things that make life messy, letting go of things that do not honor God and do not serve my family. This is where the "No pressure day" comes in. I have learned that I need to let the pressure go and I need to be intentional about it.
I chose Friday to be the one day that I truly do everything in my power to let go of the PRESSURE and just plain enjoy life with my children. Just soak it in. It is a bit different for me then a normal type of a Sabbath that families usually spend together. I intentionally wanted it to be a day that my hubby is working. He is a nurse and works 12 hour shifts so like he is GONE.......like ALL DAY. I wanted to force myself to have a special mommy/kiddo day where we just enjoy each other. No pressure. We can stay in our jammies all day. We can go to the park, we can make messes and not clean them up. We can do crafts or not do crafts, we can watch movies, have 80's dance parties on top of matresses in the living room......we can do whatever we want. As long as there is no schedule, no plans, no pressure.
It has been one of the best choices I have ever made. Want to join me??? You can follow me shannonrphillips on instagram and post pictures of your no pressure day and use the hashtag #nopressureday
Here are some recent pics that I took with my big girl camera of my muchkins on our "no pressure days."
Pancake breakfast. Only because it sounded fun and yummy. And we didn't do the dishes afterwards.
Loving on babies in the middle of the day in jam jams.
Just playing and working on walking.
Playing guitar in his jammies.
Singing a love song. This is the hard part for me. The floor in the background desperately needed sweeping. But I chose to focus on my girl and her pretty song. I chose to delight in her baby blue eyes and let go of worrying what people migh think if I posted a picture with a dirty floor in the background. ;)
Just hanging out playing games on Mom's phone. How did he get smelly boy feet instead of baby feet all of a sudden?
Annnnnnnnnnnd naps. Naps are a must on "no pressure day." Even if it is only the baby who is sleeping. The little boy and I still snuggle up and rest.
So this is a challenge to all you ladies out there. You don't even have to be a Mama, you know you pile the pressure on yourself. Take a day and let go. See what happens. Let's do this together. We might be surprised at all of the beauty life has to offer in the middle of letting go.