Having an identity crisis in motherhood is more common than you might expect, and choosing to rediscover yourself beyond mom is actually a worthwhile pursuit.
Sometimes, the identity loss is instantaneous. Like, baby is out and you suddenly have no clue who you even are.
Other times, it happens over the course of months or years or even number of babies.
For me, it was more than just motherhood that caused a tailspin into the unknown that was myself. It was an entire lifestyle transformation; Even though it was one that my husband and I chose, it was foreign to me and counter to everything I’d ever believed, none the less.
Plus… aging as a woman in America is not for the faint of heart!
So whatever the reason for losing your sense of self, now is the time to rediscover yourself beyond mom, and these 50+ journal prompts will be just the thing to begin your heart exploration!
Because having your entire identity wrapped up in motherhood can be troubling and trouble making.
For one, it’s disconcerting to wake up one day and realize that you’re not sure who you even are anymore, what you want out of life, or even how to dress yourself.
And secondly, if all you know about yourself is your mom-ness, what will you do when the kids are grown and gone? Because they do grow. And fast.
I have watched many women flounder when they stopped being so needed as a mom because they hadn’t anything else to give them purpose and direction in life. I don’t want that for myself. And I don’t want that for you, either.
Besides, rediscovering yourself isn’t about claiming an identity apart from your family, serving them less, or giving them your scraps. In fact, I believe it can be a way of infusing even more of who God wants you to be in your every day roles.
Listen, you have been intentionally and specifically designed. If your individual personality and personhood matters to the One who created you, it should matter to you, as well.
Because journaling is a powerful tool to uncover and recover pieces of your heart. And it’s one that has been pivotal in my own journey as a mom and person.
I definitely have a natural affinity to writing, so journaling is second nature for me. But even if it isn’t for you, I still believe it’s a habit you should embrace!
The easiest way to transition from never journaling to starting this new, wonderful habit which will inadvertently help you rediscover yourself, is to begin with journal prompts!
However, if you’ve never sat down to a blank page to just pour yourself out onto the paper, it can be rather intimidating. This is especially true if you’re supposed to be rediscovering yourself and you have no idea where to even start!
If you’re walking through some sort of identity crisis, right now, or just trying to piece the puzzle together that makes you you, grab a notebook, get a pen, pour some coffee, and dive on into these 50+ journal prompts to rediscover yourself beyond mom!
Because the journey to self-discovery can be long. In fact, why shouldn’t it be? Your self will evolve, change, and grow through the years… not just with motherhood.
And when you rediscover yourself beyond mom- remembering the person you were before you became a mother- you will have more confidence and greater clarity surrounding the things you’ve been called to do.
Take it one day at a time, one journal prompt at a time, and slowly but surely rediscover who you were designed to be from the very beginning.