Thoughts From a Mother: On What Brings Me to Life

What brings me to life? I could say being a mother and end it at that, but it would be a lie. There’s more to me than motherhood.

I love learning about the universe and space and all that goes with it. There’s so much beauty, possibility and order to it. It moves me.

I adore traveling to a new place and learning about cultures and how people live their lives. I find out more about myself and about God in the process. It’s mind and heart-expanding.

Being surrounded by nature calms me like nothing else.

I love learning in general. Curiosity is a wonderful gift and there is so much of a world to see. Books and words make my heart thump. Give me Wendell Berry, JK Rowling, C.S. Lewis or Franz Wright on a fall day and I’m set.

Art causes me to shut my mouth and think about life in a whole new way.

I listen to all genres of music, but particularly enjoy belting out Eighties songs. And I genuinely love Classical music. I’m not making it up.

I watch tennis and documentaries and Hot Rod and Gilmore Girls and Gladiator (one of the best movies ever made).

I enjoy laughter and getting to know the deep parts of a person even if I just met them.

I am a very consistent person but I am also pretty fiery when it comes to those topics I’m passionate about.

This is the thing though- I’m a mother to a toddler and newborn. I don’t have time for a shower let alone learning about nebulas or Hogwarts every day. During this season when I feel like my whole family needs a part of me and there’s not much to spare, I remind myself that just because I’m a mother in high demand, it doesn’t negate the things deep within me that make me tick.

When I get a moment to breathe, I do something that brings me to life, even if it’s for only a second. I’m already finding ways to take my kids along with me in experiencing these things that bring me joy. I’m hoping that they’ll see the life in their mommy and learn how to chase life and all that goes with it.

I don’t have to give up who I am to be a parent. I give from who I am. Life is not always an either/or scenario. At times it’s both/and. And it’s beautiful.

I genuinely want to know what moves you! Please share below.

Published by AllisonGraber

Allison Graber is a Nashville writer and lover of Jesus. She is 14-years married to Lynn, a mix engineer with quiet ways and a loyal spirit. Her two little girls, Ellis and Adeleine, daily coax delight out of her heart. The paradigm through which she sees the world has been built brick-by-brick from her experiences with her Jesus, her love of people, through loss, curiosity, Holy words, and through the surprising joy of motherhood. She writes about these things at

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