{fill your cup} Inspire

by Chelsea Lee Smith on October 5, 2013

Today’s journal prompt is written by Chelsea Lee Smith, author of Moments a Day.  Her thought provoking parenting blog is a new favorite of mine and I’m excited to introduce her to you – she writes about simple and practical ways for families to connect and build character – I think she will inspire you! ;) ~Alissa

{fill your cup} Weekly Journal Prompts

You can take just 10 – 30 minutes on these prompts. Read through and respond to what strikes you, or simply take the journal topic and go in your own direction – this is about what you need.
Inspire - {fill your cup} weekly journal promptBy: Chelsea Lee Smith

When I first became a mother, I was inspired by every little thing my baby did and learned.  How precious it was to see this new being grow and develop, and how special I felt to be nurturing the process.  This inspiration was a source of strength that carried me through the uncertainty of  being a new mom and helped me survive the exhaustion from the many sleepless nights.

However fast forward a few years and add toddlerhood, new babies, moves, and other stresses of family life, I was suddenly receiving less and less inspiration from my every day life as a mom.  I often felt overwhelmed and noticed a steep decline in spontaneous laughter. At first I felt guilty and wondered what was wrong with me.  It was not that I loved my children or motherhood any less, so what was it?

Finally I realized that I simply did not have as much time to relish the moments of a baby cooing on his play mat or a sleeping baby on my lap any more.  As the kid(s) grew older, I was spending a lot of my time cooking, cleaning, managing the household, refereeing siblings, and teaching life skills to my very active children.  I had less time to look inward, to reflect, or to do the “grown up” things I enjoyed, because I was always busy with the duties of “mom.”

My relationship to and requirements for inspiration had simply changed based on my season in life.  I needed to figure out a few more practical ways to be inspired on a daily basis, so that I maintained a positive perspective and felt excited to continue the sometimes challenging journey that is life.

What has this looked like?  Sometimes it may be listening to some upbeat music during housework.  Making a favorite meal (even if it’s not a family favorite).  Reading about people who have faced great challenges in life.  Noticing the magic in nature.

There are times my sources of inspiration can be experienced with the kids, and others I choose to take a few moments at the end of my day to spend all by myself.   My journey with inspiration seems to be a constantly evolving one.

This week let’s think about the word inspire…

  • What has inspired you in the past, before you were a mother?  Do these things still inspire you and, if so, would you like to add more of them into your life?
  • How can you incorporate more inspiration into your daily routine?  Can you include your children in some of your inspirational activities, as well?
  • What new ways can you find to be inspired?
  • Are you allowing inspiration into your life?  How can you open yourself up to more?
Chelsea Lee Smith (5 Posts)

Chelsea Lee Smith is the mother of two boys and blogs at Moments A Day (http://www.momentsaday.com) sharing activities, ideas, and resources for families to connect, build character, and make a difference. She believes in using small moments throughout the day to help children learn how to use their head, heart, and hands to make the world a better place.

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katepickle October 9, 2013 at 8:06 pm

I love the term ‘fill your cup’ it really explains exactly what is needed!
Sometimes I get so bogged down in the day to day and the not so great that I forget to look for inspiration… may days are so much lighter when I remember, so thank you for the reminder today!


Chelsea October 10, 2013 at 4:19 am

Yes funny enough, when I remember to be inspired there are plenty of sources of inspiration around. It’s the remembering I struggle with sometimes :-)


Kate Russell October 10, 2013 at 3:26 am

I can completely relate to this. Once my second child was born there was far less time to stop and enjoy the simple things and appreciate the tiny achievements made. Funnily enough though, my children still inspire me in so many other ways. They inspire me to be a better mum when I see them respond positively when I parent thoughtfully. They inspire me to want to be there for them when they need me when they take the time to come and wrap their arms around me and kiss the backs of my legs when I do the dishes and they inspire me be a better all round person so that they can learn by watching me, seeing how things can be done respectfully. Thank you for the thoughtful, inspiring post. xx


Chelsea October 10, 2013 at 4:20 am

How gorgeous and how true, Kate. My kids inspire me in those ways too… love to think of them in this light. Thanks for sharing your perspective.


Pauline, Lessons Learnt Journal October 11, 2013 at 3:02 am

You’re so right – as mums, it’s go go go and those precious few moments we can get to be uplifted again are so important. I am ever thankful for the weekly women’s bible group that I attend. I love reading God’s word together with them and sharing my life with them. It refreshes me and inspires me :)


Chelsea October 11, 2013 at 10:44 pm

Sounds so lovely Pauline, what a wonderful support network to have. Lucky there are so many inspirational groups online these days too… but nothing beats face-to-face friendships :-)


Kate@Laughing Kids Learn October 11, 2013 at 5:04 pm

I worry about not being a mother I want to me. It’s easier with one but how will I go with more children? I guess it is doing the little things that will make a difference. :)


Chelsea October 11, 2013 at 10:42 pm

Ahh having more than one child… the day to day routine definitely changes. I guess the more challenges you come across, the more you grow and learn to accommodate. Finding inspiration can be tricky but must be possible, right? ;-)


Rachel | Racheous October 11, 2013 at 6:25 pm

Oh I needed to read this today! I definitely need to incorporate more inspiration for ME, not for outward aspects of my life but for myself. Thank you for such a helpful post :)


Chelsea October 11, 2013 at 10:42 pm

So glad it resonated with you, Rachel.


Kelly October 11, 2013 at 10:38 pm

An engaging prompt. I often focus my mind on what fills my cup of joy, but thank you for the reminder.


Chelsea October 11, 2013 at 10:45 pm

That’s a powerful habit to have, Kelly! I’m working on it :-)


Kath October 12, 2013 at 3:52 pm

I just stumbled across this post and how poignant it is. We’ve gone thru a lot of transition recently – my first has started school and my second has changed nurseries. It’s been an emotional time and it’s highlighted to me that a lot has happened to me as a Mum over the past 5 years – not least loosing sight of who I am outside of being Mummy.
Last week I got to go to the supermarket on my own (oh the excitement!) and drove home with the music on full blast singing away at the top of my voice. The music was stuff from my University days 18 years ago. I felt inspired and uplifted as it triggered thought of how far I’ve cone and the things I’d achieved. I said to myself I must listen to that music more often – of course I quickly forgot that. But now I’ve been reminded again and I shall try to remember to make time to remind myself of the things, like that music, that inspire me. Thank you!


Chelsea October 13, 2013 at 3:55 am

Oh music – how it uplifts me too. I’m so glad you stopped by and became inspired – let’s both remember to turn on some music tomorrow :-)


Elise October 13, 2013 at 12:26 am

I have learnt that when I lose perspective I need to “fill my cup” – it doesn’t need to take a lot of time, it just needs to be something that inspires me. I have a few go to resources – sometimes it may be a chat with some dear family and friends who I greatly admire, other times it may involve listening to a couple of songs on my iPod with words that inspire me, or it might involve reading pieces written by creative people. Without a doubt, my greatest source of inspiration and my best teachers in life are my three children – they are a constant source of inspiration to me.


Chelsea October 13, 2013 at 3:56 am

Thanks for sharing Elise :-) That’s so true that it does not take a lot of time. So many things can be inspiration, perhaps it’s just the little spark of letting it inspire you that makes all the difference.


Jackie@My Little Bookcase October 13, 2013 at 4:00 am

My relationships inspire me. It may not always be my children, but others around me.

Today, my hubby overcame injuries to finish a marathon in a personal best time. He’s sitting on the couch, all iced up, and feeling on top of the world.

That inspires me to go out an conquer the world tomorrow.

Awesome prompt.


Alissa Marquess October 16, 2013 at 10:49 am

Awesome Jackie! That is very inspiring :D


Chelsea October 14, 2013 at 2:00 pm

Inspiration from friends and family is so helpful… thanks for the comment Jackie!


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