#thirstythursday / Kelly Ripa says she can’t do it all and neither can I

Did anyone else read the article this week from the Today Show about Kelly Ripa??

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I’m not sure exactly why, but this article made me feel good. It let me breathe a sigh of relief.

I kinda wanted to shout this out loud while jumping up and down:

“HEYYY – I’m not the only one that feels like a failure!! Wooohhooooo!!”

My most favorite quote from the article? This one.

“All women have a lot of pressure on them, whether they’re in the work force or a full-time mom,” she said. “When I’m at work, I’m thinking about my kids. When I’m with my kids, I’m thinking about something I screwed up at work.”

Can I get an AMEN??!?!?

I’ll be the first to admit that I’m struggling right now.

Struggling as a mom.
Struggling as a wife.
Struggling as a homemaker.
Struggling as a marketing director for our small business.
Struggling as a writer and creative soul that has big dreams – REALLY big dreams that feel so very far out of reach at the moment.

Hello. The struggle is REAL.

If I’m honest with myself, this is probably one of the toughest times I’ve had in terms of trying to “balance” and keep up with life. I have a new found appreciation for moms that have 3+ kids. I have been humbled and readjusted on my perspective for friends and family that deal with sickness and illness. Life is really hard and we all have those things that we can’t get a grip on.

Now wait a minute, before y’all start commenting and telling me not to be too hard on myself – just stop. That’s not the point of my soap box tonight. The point I’m trying to get across is that even the people that seem to have it ALL TOGETHER (like Kelly Ripa) feel like they don’t measure up.

And if you’ve ever thought I’m one of those perfect people that juggles it all so beautifully, this is me being transparent. This is me telling you that you’re not alone. This is me putting my arm around you. This is me sitting down in a coffee shop (because I really like to smell coffee more than drink it) with you and being real.

Weaknesses. Failures.

We all have them.

A few of mine?

My house literally looks like a tornado blew through. Not exaggerating.
I just shaved my legs for the first time in like a month today (sorry, TMI I know!!).
My baby is lucky if he gets 1 real bath a week. True story.
Baby wipes work wonders. They clean babies that haven’t had baths. They clean spit up off your clothes. They clean grease stains from Chic-fil-a.
Speaking of Chic-fil-a. Those people are starting to know me a little too well. It’s embarrassing.
I will absolutely let diapers pile up beside the overflowing diaper genie instead of emptying that stinkin’ thing out.
I’m pretty sure we are out of toilet paper at the moment.
I constantly worry about how people perceive me and my family.

The question now becomes: what do we do with those weaknesses and failures?

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[from the devotional Lead Serve Love: 100 Three Word-Ways to Live Like Jesus by Gregory E Lang]

Yes, acknowledge them. Don’t try to be perfect. Don’t think you’re the only one.

Jesus wants us to depend on HIM in those weaknesses. And He loves us – regardless of how big and messy those imperfections are!!

And the Holy Spirit is there to help us with those weaknesses:

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When we don’t know how to pray. When we don’t WANT to pray. When we feel like a hot mess. The Spirit himself speaks to God for us!!! Y’all. Do we get how big of a deal that is???

I’m thankful tonight that God’s power is made perfect in me through my weaknesses.

Thanks for making me cling a little tighter to Jesus this week, Kelly 🙂

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10 replies to “#thirstythursday / Kelly Ripa says she can’t do it all and neither can I

  1. I know I’ve said it before but I’ll say it again, I LOVE reading your posts. I can relate to this one so much. Too be honest this has been a challenging time and sometimes lonely season in my life, loaded with the failure feelings….reading your posts everyday helps me feel connected and not alone. I’m not the only mama, wife and every other hat we wear, who is batteling some of these feelings. Thanks for sharing so honestly.

    1. Oh Rachel!!! I just love you, girl. You are so not alone in this season. Thank you for reading and for commenting. Comments like these encourage me more than you will ever ever know! Ps. I feel like you’re a famous person that reads my blog, Hahahah!! You and that oh so fabulous voice of yours!! Love you, girl!

    1. Mooooooooommm I said don’t comment like that!! 🙂 some days it just FEELS like I’m failing. I’ve got so much to be thankful for and I know I’m not alone. Just being transparent in how it feels to be overwhelmed. Love you!!!!

  2. I thank you (and Kelly) for being so real and honest! I look around and see the women who appear to have it all together and think my house needs to be cleaner and my kids need to be better…. So this is great to see that we all have this struggle! We need to keep our eyes on Jesus! Support each other. Thank you for being so real AGAIN! Love you! And by the way Braelyn bathes once a week too.

    1. Hahaha yay for 1 bath a week 🙂 yes, girl. We all struggle with something and most times we never see the struggles of others around us. I’m here to encourage and lift each of us up and to be your loudest cheer leader! God is using you in such incredible ways, girl. Keep keeping on and letting Him move in your life!!

  3. Starr, I so understand. I am your mommy of 3+ kids. Now mine are a little different they are grown but now they each need something different from me. Right now I am in another state helping one who just had a baby but I have one in other state who is calling me who needs my help and guidance. My thoughts are on my job and what do I have to do when I get back and a house that I haven’t cleaned in over a month. Plus a mother who has become my newest child and all I want to do sometimes is just take care of me. That is if we are just being real here. Oh I forget I also am going to college to earn a degree. I fully get the feeling like a failure. Right now I am not sure if I am getting anything right, but my 9 year old grandson did tell me I was the best Nana ever. I’ll take that for today. God speaks through the little ones.

    1. Karen!!! What a beautiful and inspiring comment. Josiah is right – you are the BEST! I know it’s been a lot on your shoulders right now and you are making it – one day at a time. I’m so thankful we have each other to encourage and lift up. You inspire me and I’m thankful to call you friend. Love you!

    2. You inspire me on soooo many levels, mom. You know God is using you on our family and in work and church. You are not failing,just may not be moving as quick as you want. You are the best Nana and Mom ever! I love you!!

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