I had about 5 topics I wanted to write about for this post. And I’m hoping they’re topics I’ll get to someday. Because they were good. Heck, not just good. They were perfect. (And boy do I love perfect.)
But life keeps reminding me that perfection isn’t always possible. At least not alongside happiness. (And this week I need to focus on my baby’s grand entrance…not a blog post.) So in order to enjoy motherhood while I’m juggling so many things, sometimes I have to be ok with good enough. It’s not settling—I truly believe that. It’s shifting my focus from perfection to realism, and sometimes that means reprioritizing things along the way.
Perfect– Reading the entire book, Good Enough is the New Perfect, outlining my thought-provoking blog post and sparking a national debate with my insights about modern motherhood. (Because the book is great and really does have me thinking/wanting to start a discussion.)
Good Enough– Getting half way through the book so far and knowing I’ll read the rest—and discuss it—after this baby is born.
Perfect– Having a newly constructed master suite, the boys sleeping beautifully in bunk beds and a gorgeous nursery to bring our baby girl home to.
Good Enough– Starting to talk to architects to determine the future of our house, realizing maybe our boys aren’t quite ready for bunk beds so we’ll need a temporary sleeping set up and spending 20 minutes looking around Pottery Barn Kids for girly room decor (oh, and having clean sheets on the bassinet in the meantime).
Perfect– Spending the past six weeks in bed organizing photo books, starting to outline my book idea and writing award-winning articles.
Good Enough– Spending the past six weeks in bed ensuring my baby girl stayed cozy inside me growing healthy and strong…and visualizing myself doing those other things. Someday.
Perfect– Knowing that my baby has made it to 37 weeks, I’m finally off bed rest (as well as my anti-contraction medicine) and my family will (likely very) soon be five strong. Which means sometimes—in those rare, wonderful moments—there is room for perfection in modern motherhood.
As a member of From Left to Write book club, I received a free copy of Good Enough is the New Perfect as blog inspiration. Personally I’ve found it to be extremely thought provoking and it voices many things I’ve pondered, but never heard discussed. You can read other members’ posts inspired by this book at From Left to Write.