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Sep
10

Interview with Alli Worthington

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What inspired your book, The Year of Living Happy?

My inspiration for the Year of Living Happy didn’t come from any one thing, but more from the journey I’ve been on over the last five years.

Back in 2014, I realized I needed to break out of my own crazy busy lifestyle so I could hear God and live out His purpose for me in a new way. I shared these stories and the lessons I learned in Breaking Busy.

After that, my husband and I went through one of the most challenging season of our lives, and I learned how to fight fear, wrestle worry, and overcome anxiety and shared those stories and insights in Fierce Faith. It was an especially difficult time for us, but in the midst of that crisis God strengthened me, built my character, and taught me in a very real way to value what is truly important.

It was during these seasons of growth, God put the word “Happiness’ was on my heart. I spent a year diving into both the truth of scripture about happiness and modern research that shows what habits, choices, and thoughts bring real and lasting happiness to our lives. All that I learned from those difficult seasons, along with the truth I found in God’s Word became The Year of Living Happy.

 

What is one thing that women can do daily to help them live happy?

Scripture and research teaches that practicing gratitude directly relates to us living happier lives. So of course that’s the first thing every woman should do in her daily life. But another really practical idea is something I call delegating the drudgery. And modern research backs me up on this. Research has shown that one way people can increase their happiness in their daily life by hiring people to do the tasks that they don’t like to do. In other words, money can’t buy happiness, but using your money to hire a housekeeper actually can.

Of course we don’t all have lots of disposable income, so we have to be creative in how we delegate the drudgery. In our house our older sons mow the lawn, do the laundry, and load and unload the dishwasher. Another way is bartering tasks with other people. Maybe you are an amazing graphic designer, but coding websites makes you want to poke your eye out. You can trade the services that you don’t like to do with someone else that loves to do those things and needs the service that you provide.

Delegation is a key habit that will increase our day-to-day happiness. So look for ways in your day-to-day life to take those things off your plate that you don’t enjoy doing. Then you’ll be able to focus on the things that you are called to do, the things that you love to do, and the things that make you happiest.

 

How did you learn to turn off “mommy guilt” in order to balance life better?

Because I have five sons ages 10, 12, 14, 17, 20 I have a unique perspective on motherhood. With some of the kids, I’m still in the middle of it, and with others I have gone from more of a disciplinarian roll to a coaching role. What I’ve realized over the years is that we, as mothers, tend to be approximately 1,000,000,000 times harder on ourselves than we need to be.

From the moment that tiny child is put in our arms, our sense of responsibility as well as the guilt over not being perfect goes through the roof.

What I have learned through the years is that our kids need quality time, love, discipline, encouragement, and coaching. There is more than enough time in every day to give them those things and still do the things that make us happy, healthy individuals.

Every book I have ever written has been written on Saturdays. I locked myself in my master bedroom and wrote for months and months and months, every single Saturday. The boys have never once said that they are emotionally scarred from me writing books and being unavailable on Saturdays. They played outside, played video games, and watched entire seasons of Dude Perfect on YouTube. They were just fine.

In fact, I believe it’s healthier for our children to see us working, achieving, learning, growing, and balancing everything that the Lord has given us. If you read about the Proverbs 31 woman, she had a lot on her plate, yet we never see that she was ringing her hands with mommy guilt, and those kids rose up and called her blessed.

So much of how our children develop is based on who we are as individuals and less on what we do. They’re watching everything we do: are we modeling love, self-control, and a life of growth toward holy happiness? They will watch how we live, and that will determine who they become.

If you love playing board games with your children go for it; but if you would rather work on your spreadsheets while the kids play on their own, that’s just fine. The kids will be just fine. I promise

 

Tell us a little about your coaching service, and how women can become a part of that.

I am a business coach that works with companies, small business owners, and entrepreneurs. I work one-on-one with my clients and help them grow their business, become great leaders, develop successful marketing campaigns, and enjoy their life while they run their business.

 

I have a free mini-course called 10 Days to a Better Business that I love to share to help equip women to take their business to the next level. You can sign up here to receive it.

 

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