One Grateful Mama

I’ve had the incredible opportunity this week to take part in a Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) certification course in Denver.

  • I forgot how much I love being a student. 
  • I find myself falling in love again with my green high lighter. 
  • I take notes as if everything my instructor says is gold. 
  • I appreciate the other students’ questions (I don’t have many of my own, but always learn from theirs).
  • I love drawing a star next to every correct answer I get on the end of the day quiz. 🙂 

I’m learning all about something I’ve known I’ve enjoyed for a long time. I used to spend hours taking any and all types of personality measurements, indicators, quizzes etc online, just to find out more about myself–and see if they all matched. I get energized by talking with others about these topics, and finding out more about what makes a person tick. With this course in MBTI, I am gaining such a depth of understanding of the “types” and “preferences” that I am practically bursting with excitement!

But here’s my biggest take away this week ….

I am so blessed to be able to work from home. Every day this week, I’ve gotten up a little before Joshua, started getting ready, kissed him good morning, handed him over to my parents, and left the house. I’ve driven downtown, sat in class from 8-5, and then driven home. I’ve helped with dinner, fed my child, balanced cleaning up emails and doing homework with playing with Joshua in the few precious hours before bedtime. I’ve put Joshua to bed, crammed in some homework, and slept restlessly all night (either due to Toddler Joshua or Baby L…or both.)

Anyway, all this to say … I cannot imagine working full time at a place away from my child. I feel like I haven’t spent any time with Joshua–I never really realized how much I see Josh! How much time I spend with that kid! 

I walk away from this week, not only with an excitement for and new understanding of MBTI–but also with a deepened awareness and appreciation of my life. 

I find it amusing that Erik just happened to blog yesterday on kind of the same topic–appreciation for family.

Without my parents and sisters, I couldn’t have done this certification. Without my parents, I wouldn’t be blessed with the job that I have that enables me to stay home with my kiddo the majority of my time.

I am so blessed … I don’t judge those women and men who work “normal” jobs. Not at all. But I canNOT imagine doing so…especially after this week of getting a taste of it. If I only saw Joshua for an hour in the morning and two hours at night … I just feel like it’d be so different.

People wonder how I spend one or two nights away from Josh and Erik once or twice a month. I wonder how people spent 8 hours a day away from their kids, 5 days a week.

So again, I say …

I am so grateful. 🙂

About kristinlindeen

I am Kristin. I am Erik's wife. I am Joshua, Rebecca, and Andrew's mom. I am known nationally as the "QBQ! Daughter" and keynote on Personal Accountability and the QBQ. I am certified in Myers Briggs and am passionate about helping people understand themselves and others better. I am John and Karen's daughter. I am sister to many, mentor to some, friend to others. Most defining, I am Christ's daughter, adopted by God--rescued and saved by grace. And almost every single day, I need to be reminded of that truth. Come say "hi" at and of course, browse the blog! I'd love to hear from you, so comment away!
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1 Response to One Grateful Mama

  1. Karen says:

    Wonderful to see you excited, growing and learning Kristin! Glad we could help with Josh, of course that isn't exactly a burden or anything. However, I am a bit more tired by the end of the day! Love you….

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