I’ll never forget when a video called “The World’s Toughest Job” went viral. In this video, people came in to interview for a job for “Director of Operations” and were told that it required 135+ hours per week with no vacation, no sick days, and no pay.
They were told it would be physically and emotionally exhausting, and very painful in the first few weeks. That other employees would often yell, hit, and even urinate on them and that the job would be thankless.
Of the 2.7 million people who saw the ad, only 24 inquired about the job and the interviewees responded with shock or bewilderment when they heard the job requirements…
When they revealed that this “most important job” was a job that billions do daily: motherhood, it brought many of the applicants to tears.
What is in a Mother’s Day?
The US version of Mother’s Day was created in 1908 by Anna Jarvis and at the time, it was the only holiday that honored women. When it became overly commercialized, she denounced it and spent the rest of her life trying to remove it from the calendar.
Now, 25% of all flowers purchased during the year are bought on Mother’s Day. It is the day of the year with the most phone calls (122 million in the US alone) and about 14 billion dollars are spent each Mother’s Day.
In theory, it is great that we have a day to honor moms, and I hope that all of us do this everyday, but I personally don’t like the over-commercialized version that we have now. I certainly appreciate the sweet cards from my children today, but how is today any more special as a mom than any other day?
How is this day more of a “Mother’s Day” than the day I found out I was expecting a child and became a mom? How is it more important than the six days that were spent bringing my babies into the world?
Does today mean more than the other 364 days a year when we get our children up, feed them, teach them, take them to their various activities, and safely tuck them into bed?
How is today more of a day to honor moms than the days we have all stayed up with sick children, or kissed boo-boos, or even had to say earthly good-byes to our children?
At the end of the day, we don’t need a day, because we have all of them.
The Secret All Moms Know
Here’s the thing. Everything in the video about the world’s toughest job is true.
Motherhood is hard. It’s the hardest job there is.
From the very beginning it is intensely painful (childbirth anyone?), physically demanding, emotionally and mentally exhausting.
You get to trade the body and life that you once had for stretch marks (and often incision scars) and a screaming mini-dictator that demands 110% of your time and attention.
You say goodbye to showers, and going to the bathroom alone, and a completely clean house (at least for the first few years).
Your boobs sag, your hair falls out (either from pregnancy or stress at some point), and you don’t sleep for approximately 5.8 years…
You make the decision to forever have your heart walking around outside your body, sometimes multiple times. You give birth to someone you love more than you ever thought it was possible to love and realize that you might crumble if you ever lost this person, this part of you…. and sometimes you do.
And the crazy part is that you’d do it all again and wouldn’t trade it for the world.
Because we are the ones that they run to when they are hurt, and ask to tuck them in at night, and the ones they say “I love you” to.
They may not appreciate us until they have kids of their own (Mom, I truly appreciate you now, I’m sorry for all the trouble I was growing up and I love you), but that doesn’t matter…
Because motherhood isn’t just beautiful because they love you, but also because by loving them, you become better each day.
Because when we go to bed each night, often exhausted, we have accomplished something important each and every day.
Own Your Strength…
I often get asked “Do you work, or are you just a mom?”
This question bothers me because in my opinion, moms work extremely hard, whether they have a job outside the home or not.
Here’s the trade-off though:
Moms also have much more power than we realize…
Day to day, we are raising the next generation. We are teaching the future world leaders, school teachers, scientists, and mothers of the world. We are forming the minds and hearts of the next generation.
More than any other job, ours matters.
We may often go to bed at night wishing we’d done better that day or feeling bad that we didn’t have more patience or that we didn’t keep the house cleaner, but we did the most important thing that day… we were moms. Imperfectly wonderful moms.
Creating Change on Mother’s Day
Incredible power comes with this incredible responsibility of motherhood. It’s a fact… we control the majority of our country’s spending power. We control the food budget. We make or influence 85% of all purchasing decisions, according to Edison Research.
Here’s my humble proposal…
This year, let’s make Mother’s Day a celebration of the real power of moms and start taking ownership of our collective power as moms.
Let’s vote with our dollars and start increasing the demand for healthier foods and products by choosing them for our own families. Let’s create a healthier future for our children. I believe we are doing this and it is working.
Happy Mother’s Day Every Day
As a mom myself, I have so much respect for the work that all women and moms do each day. It’s nice to have a day to go out, do something special, or take a break, but my whole purpose with this blog is to celebrate all you do daily as a mom and hopefully make some of those things a little easier.
So whenever you read this, Happy Mother’s Day!
To all moms and step-moms…
Grandmothers and godmothers…
Those who hope and pray to become mothers, and those who have lost children or their own mothers…
Your gift to the world is seen, noticed, and appreciated.
From one mother to another, Happy Mother’s Day, today and every day!
Are you #JustAMom like me? Will you help me harness our collective spending power to change our families health for the better?
Discussion (39 Comments)
Wow Katie, I hope to be a mom in the near future and reading this brought tears to my eyes! So well written and beautiful. Thank you for inspiring me as the mom that you are and thanks for all the the work you and all the moms out there do! It truly is an under appreciated job at times.
Well said! Guess you could say I am a veteran mom-33 years of love and devotion. But my service is not complete, six beautiful grandchildren call me Mama Jeanie. It’s an honor to have given birth to three children, adopted two, and mothered 15 more over the years. I never viewed motherhood as raising children because we are given children. My job was to raise functioning adults, yes, the next generation. I worked a job, owned a business, and if you asked my kids what ‘I did’ they would say that I stayed at home. Funny how they slept so soundly while I worked until 3 in the morning! Being the mother I need to be was easy because I had a partner to share the load, to listen to me cry and to rub my knots from my neck-by best friend, my Husband. The super heroes of today are single moms. Moms that carry the whole load. I would like to say to all of you ‘stay at home’ moms to be strong and of good courage. When I receive a text from my adult children for no reason telling me they love me, that is Mother’s Day. When they thank me for having them, yes, that is Mother’s Day. When I walk into a room and my son stands up and says, “Hey everybody, that’s my mom”, you guessed it………
Jeanie, your post made me cry. It got to the very heart of why I do what I do everyday. Your life raising three sounds very similar to mine. I pray that at the end of it all, my children feel about me the way yours feel about you. May God’s grace give me the strength to walk it out.
Katie, I have no words for you. This letter left me speechless. May we all endeavor to impact the world for good and enhance the lives of our fellow man in the phenomenal way you have. You are simply amazing!
Of course I cried when I read your wonderful letter! As a daughter, mom, grandma, and great grandma, I know that it is most important to me now to pass along the ideas and importance of healthy living to my family and friends. My best to you and your family everyone of these “mother’s days”. Thank you so much for your mission.
You are so wonderful! You have really changed my outlook on healthy living and have inspired me to provide the healthiest future for me, my hub, and our future little ones. Im not a mother just yet, ive only just turned 18, but I cannot wait to have my darling future children! Happy mothers day to all!!
This made me cry, in a good way. Although I have just started my journey 1.5 yrs ago, as a 24/7 momma, holding 3 degrees and a medical provider license, I put my career on hold to stay home with my daughter and soon to be newborn son. I can not even begin to explain with words the emense joy, love, contentedness that overwhelms my once unsatisfying life. God has blessed my home and to be a helpmeet and mother is the best honor and blessing I could have ever asked for or received. Happy Mother’s Day ladies!
You continue to inspire and influence me in making healthier and smarter choices for my family. You continue to educate moms like myself through your research time and effort and I truly appriciate that! Thank you for sharing your gift of knowledge and how to live a better life in this toxic world of ours, not only for ourselves but for our families. I am a stay at home mom of 2 and I often feel there are not enough hours in the day and am forever tired.. Thank you for making us moms feel valid and appreciated with your words of heartwarming understanding! Happy Mothers Day to you and all year through. Best Wishes to you and your beautiful Family. Keep the great recipes and awesome articles coming!! Hats off to you xoxo Bravo
Happy mothers day Kaite
Thanks for this. It was very nice. My mother-in-law passed away in her sleep this past Monday while my family and I were visiting her home. It has been an emotionally and physically exhausting week. Everyone is missing her this Mother’s Day.
Happy Mother’s Day to the wellness Mama of us all. Thank you for this beautiful post, blessings to you.
Tears. Sighs. Awe. Well said, thank you! Also, hats off to YOU Katie…for sharing your well researched information over such a large spectrum of home producrs, food and health in order to work along side of so many Mothers in making healthier choices for our families. Here’s to all those moms out there…either biological or not…keep keepin on as the time and energy you put into your children will pay off in wonderful ways as they grow…Proverbs 22:6.