Monday, February 9, 2015

Fab-ruary Day Nine: What's Your Why?

What drives your passion? What is the soul and purpose in your heart? Why do you do the things you do? Why do you give the best you can?

These are just some of the things that come up when you Google "What's Your Why?".  I first heard the expression when I was a thirty-one consultant.  What's Your Why? is a method of explaining to potential recruits why you became a consultant, a way to show others what you wanted to achieve and how thirty-one helped you do that.

In my case, since I didn't stay a consultant for very long, my What's Your Why? has to refer to what I do in my daily life and why I do it.  Why do I stay at home, cook, clean, do laundry, make a nice home for my family?  Why do I get involved in various organizations that support the Navy and Navy spouses? Why do I spend endless hours making care packages or coming up with new ideas to make my husband's life easier?  Because that's my Why - giving my all for my family.  I love being a stay-at-home mom and wife.  I know stay-at-home seems a little strange given that there are no littles at home anymore.  Home is a place to come to where it is warm and cozy.  I can remember my Mum telling me what it was like to come home to a cold, empty house.  She vowed that her children would never know that and as much as has been possible, so have I.  I've worked off and on since Sophia was born, but I wish the circumstances had been different and that I had not worked when she was young.  I always made arrangements for her care - one on one with a nanny when it was possible and later with a close friend who had children of a similar age.  There's nothing wrong with being a working mom, we all make choices given our circumstances.

I am thankful that our circumstances allow me to stay at home and I love being here.  I may not be June Cleaver, but I try!

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