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For the Overwhelming Days When Your Heart and Your Brain are Divided


Today has been what I will call a “heart-brain divide” day. It’s one of those days where my heart wants to clean and bake and homeschool well and be an awesome mom, but my brain wants to work and be creative and not have to think about being responsible for my kiddos. Oh man, I cringe just writing how I’m feeling, but it’s true and honest and it is what it is. I love my kiddos and I have absolute peace about homeschooling, but the truth is, it’s hard. It’s a worth it, good kind of hard, but you know, there isn’t much time left over for me to give my brain the space it wants (needs?) to do its creative thing. And I’m okay with this, with my choice, most days. But some days, like today, it’s a struggle. So here’s what I’m going to do:

I’m going to give myself a pep talk and you all are invited in to listen in. Here we go.

How to Handle The Heart-Brain Divide Days

Make Sure To Fill Your Soul

I called my husband up and shared with him ALL the feelings. He told me that this is how God made me and that it’s important for me to make space for creative pursuits or I will shrivel up and be miserable. I have fought him on this: “No, I’m good, I just want to clean my house and be with the kiddos and bake stuff.” And he’s all, “I know you. You’ll see. You need to be doing creative things.” He knows me so well. And thank God he cares for me enough to help me make take the time to create and work.

All to say, CHIN UP! Listen to your man. He wants you to take care of the kiddos and the home AND fill your soul. Be wise. Fill up. You’ll be a better mom…a better person…if you take the time to create.

These Days Will Pass

These days of heart-brain divide, they will pass. They are a rhythm. Tomorrow I will wake up and get on with it. I’ll get on with taking care of my people, my home, and myself. One step at a time, slow and steady. Grace will cover this day, my faults, my junk, and all the rest. And what’s more, these days of raising and teaching my kiddos will pass as well, and it will go faster than I want it to go. So I’ll remember that and remember that this is a season and giving myself to the season is good and beautiful and I’ll never regret it.

Fill the soul, but remember the season.

We Are Loved Anyway

Thank God He does not love us based on our bad days. Or our good days, for that matter. I am loved, I am enough, I am going to make it.

He knows all of my failures and He loves me anyway.

Yes and amen.

Love and happy hearts and brains,

Sarah Mae

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  • momofsbandeg

    I would love to try the Mrs. Meyers orange Clove cleaner.

  • Rachael Glavin Loucks

    Yummy smelling cleaners *might* make me want to clean.

  • Meredith Cooper Adkisson

    The cranberry cleaner sounds fabulous! Especially after the tummy bug that’s been running through our house.

  • SHAWNA Heidenreich

    I wonder what the magnolia bath wash is like…it all looks good!

    • Sarah Mae

      Oh I have it and it smells SO good! πŸ™‚

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    Method cucumber soap and the lemon dish detergent

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  • Erin

    I love all Mrs. Meyer’s products – cranberry, basil, rosemary, lavender, all of it. And, I totally hear you on the heart/brain divide days. I homeschool my two also and have been full-time at home with them for several years, but I miss my job (I’m a licensed clinical counselor) & have wondered how to incorporate that or work part-time while still homeschooling/being at home… haven’t figured it out yet, but hopefully will soon! Although… on the very very positive side of things… we’ve bought our first house & are closing in less than a month (and, can I just say, so many answers to prayer re: this house. It’s crazy) … Mrs. Meyer’s would come in handy for getting it ready for us to move in!! Thanks & God bless!!

  • Naomi Jones

    I like that it means less work for me and getting out with three toddlers, trying to shop!!

  • Teresa

    Thank you for the sound advice from your momma’s heart! And for the fun contest! Teresa

  • Teresa

    Cranberry please! Thank you for sharing your heart!!

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  • Lindsay

    Honestly, I can’t wait to try the cranberry after your recommendation!! Thanks so much for the chance to win!

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    Free shipping and online shopping

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    Love Mrs. Meyers. Basil is my fave.

  • Jenn L.

    I am ALL about the automatic TP!! Thanks for the tip!

  • Crystal

    I’m always refreshed by your honest real ness and the grace you offer us other moms through Jesus. Thank you. I recently switched to Mrs Myers laundry detergent in Lemon Verbena and LOVE it, but have never tried anything else. Might as well clean with something that smells good!

  • Lindsey H.

    I have never tried Mrs. Meyer’s products, but I think Cranberry and the Orange Clove will be my favorite smells!

  • Lindsay

    I love Mrs. Meyer’s products! I would love to try the cranberry scent!

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  • Felicia

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  • saragoggin

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  • Angie

    I love Mrs. Meyers products. I like the honeysuckle scent, haven’t tried cranberry but I would love to!

  • Debbie

    I’d love to try the Iowa Pine scent!

  • Jill B

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  • Laura

    Mrs. Meyers has changed the way I look at washing dishes! I love the geranium and basil, and I currently have those and lavender under my sink to use whatever strikes my fancy while I work. πŸ™‚ Would love to try the cranberry as well!

  • Krista Lynn

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  • Mary Beth

    I think the cranberry hand soap would be fun and smell delicious to use.

  • Kim

    I’m thinking the orange clove sounds pretty nice… I might have to try that! BTW, thanks for your blog and the articles. I’m new here, but I can use more of this encouragement and wisdom!

  • Lori Longridge

    These sound wonderful!

  • Heather M

    I love Mrs. Meyers products. I currently have the scent pine. Would love to try cranberry.

  • Sarah Centeno

    Oh, I so often have brain-heart divide days! I definitely will be focusing on the wisdom you shared!

  • Robin

    I want to try all three holiday scents!!

  • Stephanie

    I can’t wait to try the cranberry scent! I already use the lemon verbena countertop spray at least three times a day.

  • Heather C

    I love Mrs. Meyer’s holiday scents. Cranberry is my favorite.

  • thefiveharts5

    I LOVE the mint scent bathroom cleaner. The bathroom smells SO good when you clean with it. And if you don’t have time to clean (because someone pops over and is ringing your bell lol), spray some in the sink and it will *smell* fresh and clean. πŸ˜‰

  • Kim

    Thanks for sharing!

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