On-the-Go Momma’s Guide to Finding Inspiration

This is the second post in a series I plan to do called On-the-Go Momma Guides – meant to be guides to things that I myself find useful and thus decided to share with you, my readers. You can find the others in this series here.

I saw this quote the other day and could not for the life of me find the author.


“Work for a cause, not for applause.

Live life to express, not to impress.

Don’t strive to make your presence noticed,
just make your absence felt.”


Then I realized why I couldn’t find the quote’s author. Duh!

—> That is the whole point of the quote.

In realizing that, I also realized that this quote was a perfect way to begin this post.
Because this post was inspired by some doubts I had this morning.

When Self Doubt Creeps In…

This morning I woke up eager to write. With a babysitter at hand for my youngest and my two oldest off to school for the day, I was ready to successfully attack my workday when suddenly…

I was hit with a blow.
(Not a physical blow, more of an ego blow.)

And immediately that gusto to work which I had woken up with was shattered. I no longer felt inspired to write. Instead, I began to wrestle in my head with self doubt:

  • Really, who even reads this blog?
  • Why am I taking time away from my family every weekend to write just one post a week here? (Especially when most bloggers post at least 3-4 times a week!)
  • I miss my friends. I miss free time.
  • What’s the point?


I should just stop.


It’s times like these that are the hardest. The times when self doubt creeps in and I forget why I do all the things that I do. So I decided to search for inspiration, and in doing this I came across the following three sources of motivation.

Really, these 3 sources anyone could relate to, in any job, in any stage of their life… at least I think so.

So I thought I would share them with you.

1. First things first… I WILL succeed.

Everyone has self doubt. Everyone. Ira Glass is an American public radio personality, and host and producer of the radio and television show This American Life. In this 1 minute and 55 second video I gained more creative encouragement then in an entire Oprah’s Master Class show. (I love that show!)

Ira Glass on the Creative Process (1:55)

Bottom Line: Everyone has self doubt. But if you love what you do, you just have to Fight. Your way. THROUGH IT.

2. Be careful what you wish for.

It is important to remember that success always comes with a cost, make sure you know what that price is. This next influence came from Blogging with Amy. Amy has a habit of saying out loud, the random thoughts I sometimes think in my head. This 5 minute video of her’s is not really about blogging. Its about success in life. (Totally worth your 5 minutes to watch IMHO.)

Blogging with Amy – Blogging “Success”? (5:53)

Bottom Line: The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence and it is important to remember the real reasons why you do what you do.

3. Motherhood is a big part of me, but it isn’t the entire me.

Often, my self doubt is brought on primarily by that nasty word Guilt. This post that I am linking to below by Megan Francis of The Happiest Mom*, reminds me how important it is to think of my life as a whole, and not just where I am now.

Note: If you follow me on Facebook, you may remember that I shared this post there last week via my friend and co-worker Valerie Young who writes the blog Your (Wo)man in Washington.

The Happiest Mom: I am a mother, but first I was just me.

Bottom Line: I have dreams, and it is OK to dream beyond just being a parent.

Banishing Self Doubt

I’m a wife, a mother, an educator, a writer, a communicator, an artist and so much more.
And I do all of these things because I love to do them – most of the time.

The thing is, I do all these things so much better when I leave the self doubt behind and when I am inspired.

I don’t need everyone to notice the heart and soul that goes into every task I take on. I don’t need to impress anyone other then myself and my conscious. And most of all, I shouldn’t give self doubt more attention then it really deserves.

What I want most in life is to feel inspired – day in and day out.

And what’s more, if I could contribute one thing to society, it would be to also inspire others to be what they want most to be.

And guess what?

I have no doubt that I can do that… if I put my mind to it.

Leave a Comment: What’s your inspiration? How do you deal with self doubt?


Today I am linking up with Just Be Enough.

Just.Be.Enough. has a mission to empower, inspire, and remind women, parents
and children that the time has come to celebrate ourselves.

Also Linking up with Bianca at Bits of Bee for her Quotable Bits Link-up!

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20 Responses to On-the-Go Momma’s Guide to Finding Inspiration

  1. Kristin @ What She Said
    Twitter: SaidKristin

    I’ve also been struggling with all of this – everything you mentioned – as I seem to often do this time of year. I think it’s no doubt the warm weather – it pulls me out from behind my computer and reminds me of the life I haven’t been living, which in turn makes me question the cost of blogging and growing a successful blog. I wrote about all of this in my own Be Enough Me post today.

    In the end, I think it all comes down to balance. Of course, finding – and maintaining – that balance is, well, a constant balancing act!

    I’m particularly interested in watching that Blogging With Amy video when I have some more time. The grass is always greener indeed! 😉
    Kristin @ What She Said recently posted..Sláinte

    • Kate says:

      I just woke up Tuesday after a VERY long Monday and had the same doubt creep up in me… I may need to head back and check out those movies again… I hope you were able to watch the Blogging with Amy video. It is very raw, but also so insightful!

  2. Susi says:

    What a great post and just what I needed. I’m usually a very happy, glass- half full type of person but self-doubt does creep in and I’m left thinking what now? Is it worth it? It’s one of the things I love about blogging~ on any given day you will read something, maybe find a new blogger and know yes, there are others who feel the same. Thanks for sharing and making me feel better. 🙂
    Susi recently posted..Off to a great start

  3. Px Smith says:

    Hi, good blog. To help me stay inspired this year my word is Focus. Scrap the multi-tasking and just focus on what I am doing in the moment.
    Px Smith recently posted..Scared

    • Kate says:

      Sometimes I think that part of my inspiration problem is just that: Keeping Focus. And that’s exactly what these 3 inspiring link that I shared helped me to do.

  4. Elena says:

    I have been struggling with this too–at a time that I have made the decision to do this–whatever this is–full time. Thank you for the reminder–I truly needed it! Off to watch the videos now 🙂
    Elena recently posted..Technology in the Classroom: A Live Chat

  5. Lisa says:

    I struggle with this in terms of my own blog. Why am I writing it and who read it anyway. Then I think if I am writing it for me, for my kids, for therapy, for a creative outlet does it matter that I don’t have hundreds of followers.
    The other side of that is sometimes I want more followers, but if I write for an audience then I am losing the me part of this whole equation. I definitely go back and forth on this one. Good luck with your focus and creativity.
    Lisa recently posted..Seven Wonderful Years

    • Kate says:

      That is exactly what gets me the most Lisa. You said:

      I want more followers, but if I write for an audience then I am losing the me part of this whole equation.

      I really hope that I can consolidate these two thoughts here on this blog (and also on the Mothers Central Blog that I write for) in a way that works well together. Because (as I mentioned in my post) the one thing I want most is the be inspiring… but the the one thing I want least is to not be authentic in my writing.

  6. Bits of Bee says:

    I’m so glad you found The motivation to write this post! It’s wonderfully written and very inspiring (especially to me who has been feeling the same doubts about keeping up a blog). Thank you for sharing and for inspiring too!
    Bits of Bee recently posted..Quotable Bits #11

  7. I love that you linked this to JBE! And I love that we wrote about similar things this week – that motherhood isn’t everything we do and that actually makes us better at motherhood.

    I’m sorry you had the self doubt, but I’m glad you worked through it. Sometimes a little self-doubt is good for getting you to the place you need to be!
    Missy | The Literal Mom recently posted..Kinda Wordless Wednesday – A Must See Video

    • Kate says:

      Self doubt can definitely be a little eye opening. (That’s for sure!)

      I thought the same thing (that we wrote about similar things this week)… funny! Reading posts through this week, it seems like many bloggers are going through the same doubts. Is it spring that does that to us?

  8. Stasha says:

    I have way more self doubt then I did in my twenties when I had a successful carrier. I do probably lack inspiration. Your blog sure is one.
    Stasha recently posted..Spring is coming

  9. Kristen says:

    Self doubt creeps in for me all the time too. I have been doing my best lately to chase it away with a big ol’ broom! It has been working but it does sneak around the corners sometimes. Keep your broom close at hand 😉
    Kristen recently posted..A Day At Things I Can’t Say…

    • Kate says:

      Broom. In. Hand. 🙂

      So happy to have found you over at Shell’s place with your guest post! Look forward to keeping up with you on my Google Reader.

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