When I was 7 months pregnant, I fell down the stairs. I was carrying too much in my hands... trying to do too much. Why? Well, I was trying to satisfy the expectation that a stay-at-home mom should be able to keep the house spotless. Why not? It's not like she has a real job, right?
I must admit, neat and tidy homes shown on Instagram, watching HGTV and getting my monthly Pottery Barn catalogue in the mail had me feeling defeated because dealing with an active toddler on top of being pregnant, tired, physically weak and always out of breath prevented me from the outcomes I wanted. I wasn't satisfied with where I was in my home keeping and I wasn't content with the moment I was living in.
Have you ever felt that way before? Maybe not dissatisfaction in your home keeping, but maybe dissatisfied in your life keeping? Maybe you're not where you want to be in your relationship or in your goals or in your career. Let me bring you in on a secret... no one is and trying to carry the burdens of being where we think we need to be based on the expectations of others will weigh us down.
See, if we aren't initiating our own ability to find and keep contentment where we are, we will always attempt that next big step, only to eventually fall down the steps, because nothing can create lasting satisfaction or contentment outside of our own appreciation and gratefulness for what we already have or where we already are. We have to learn how to drop the stress of conformity to prevent our falls and, instead, lift up our desires to the Lord and He will lift us up to where His desires of greatness is.
No matter where you are in life, there is purpose. Never forget that!
This week, I'm so excited to introduce you all to my dear friend and favorite Model-Mate, Katie Ellis! Katie was sweet enough to share with us her career journey and story of life lessons on contentment, creating your own happiness and not allowing others to box us in. In our social media world, it's easy to be distracted by what others have and what others are doing, but Katie lovingly reminds us that each of us have goals and dreams that we shouldn't be afraid to go after, no matter what limitations others may try to put on us. If God desires it, then it will be, and we can live our lives in content, peace and gratitude as we pursue more for ourselves, while still celebrating others!
You can read more about Katie's Story here and be sure to follow her super cute fashion blog!
Stay humbled and be content in all things!
Scriptures to consider about contentment:
...For I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am in.
I know that there is nothing better for them than to rejoice and to do good in one's lifetime.