Hard days…

We all have them.

But it can be extremely discouraging on those overwhelmingly hard days. 

Lately, my family and I have been in a super busy season. 

Our days have been long and hectic. We have homeschool lessons, co-op classes, private music lessons,  Japanese language lessons, and math tutoring. These homeschool-related activities have us outside of the house and running around town every day of the week except for Fridays. 

One of my girls even has a part-time job!

Additionally, my husband and I are entrepreneurs running two separate businesses. 

It’s ALOT!

Last week, my girls were preparing to attend their first semi-formal dance. It became extremely overwhelming and discouraging trying to balance homeschooling and work while dress shopping, shoe shopping, scheduling hair appointments, etc. on top of our regular everyday responsibilities. 

One day it just became too much. Attitudes started flaring and tears started flowing.

So we decided that we’d take a few days off to rest and discuss whether we’re focusing on the right things or if are we’re doing too much? 

Our schedule is constantly changing to accommodate everyone’s interests and obligations so we have to work together to make sure that our schedule aligns with our priorities and helps facilitate peaceful and productive days.

Homeschooling can be challenging.

You may not be dealing with the busyness of homeschooling and entrepreneurship like my family, but maybe you’re dealing with an unsupportive spouse or other unsupportive family members. 

Maybe you’re dealing with an uncooperative child that doesn’t want to engage in learning.

Maybe you’re not sure if your kids are learning enough or whether you should continue homeschooling. 

You’re not alone. 

We’ve all experienced hard days on this homeschool journey. 

That’s why affirmations, encouragement, and community are so important.

If you’re having a hard time today, here are 15 quotes by inspiring Black history makers to encourage and motivate you on your homeschool journey:

“I have learned over the years that when one’s mind is made up, this diminishes fear; knowing what must be done does away with fear.” —Rosa Parks

“Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability but comes through continuous struggle.” —Martin Luther King Jr

“When you can do the common things of life in an uncommon way, you will command the attention of the world.” —George Washington Carver

“Never be limited by other people’s limited imaginations.” —Dr. Mae Jemison

“Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.” —President Barack Obama

“I prefer to be true to myself, even at the hazard of incurring the ridicule of others, rather than to be false and to incur my own abhorrence.” — Frederick Douglass

“A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives.” —Jackie Robinson

“If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.”– Maya Angelou

“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.”– Harriet Tubman

“What you’re thinking is what you’re becoming.”– Muhammad Ali

“We all have dreams. In order to make dreams come into reality, it takes an awful lot of determination, dedication, self-discipline and effort.”- Jesse Owens

“You don’t make progress by standing on the sidelines, whimpering and complaining. You make progress by implementing ideas.”– Shirley Chisholm

”It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.” –Frederick Douglass

“The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character — that is the goal of true education.” –Martin Luther King, Jr

“Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome while trying to succeed.”-Booker T. Washington

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