I’m a gal that can appreciate some self-deprecation. I can usually tell when I’m being ridiculous and don’t mind poking fun at myself. However, I’ve noticed a habit of mine that I’m not fond of lately and it always starts with the word ‘just.’
My focus on this bad habit of mine came about as I was thinking what to write about today. Honestly, I had nothing to say because this week we’ve been at home and JUST focusing on Kaitlyn’s sleep habits. I haven’t made it to the gym. I’ve barely done a thing in the kitchen. I was able to go on JUST one run. This week, I was JUST being mom.
That dang word JUST belittles the effort we put into things. Sure I didn’t cure cancer this week, but I spent hours reading about baby sleep, contemplating the best game plan for our schedules, going on made up scavenger hunts with Hailey, rolling on the floor with Kaitlyn, keeping everyone’s bellies full, and making sure my girls were (mostly) happy, stimulated and sleeping pretty well too. And even with all of that, I still cleaned up the house, worked through some laundry, got in a run, knocked out 2 short workout videos, blogged with you fine people and cleaned out my inbox.
…note ‘brushing hair’ or ‘putting on clothes that don’t resemble UMBROS’ were not on that list… hey, you can’t do it all.
But seriously, think about it. You never hear a person say, Oh I’m JUST the VP in charge of operations at this little XYZ company. That’s a legit title and chances are, so is what you are doing to fill your time.
Is it a woman thing?
Why do we minimize our successes, whether they be physical feats, mental hurdles or professional accomplishments?
Sure, my greatest accomplishment this week wasn’t newsworthy, but Kaitlyn did sleep from 7:20 pm to 6:15 am and to me right now that is shout-from-the-roof-top exciting.
Do you find yourself using that word JUST when describing your efforts or accomplishments?
Why do you think you do?
Or am I alone in this?