Having it all. Such an interesting concept. What does it really mean?

The meaning of “having it all” depends on who you are. When I asked you, my lovely readers, to do a little word association with “having it all,” here were some of the responsesโ€ฆ

“clean house, obedient children, plenty of money, great husband, great health, great kids, great looks, great job, nice house…”

Those all sound great, but that is a lot of pressure as well, right? Eek.

“not having to worry about anything”

Many link the concept ofย the American dream withย “having it all,” but the American dream was originally just about freedom, not stuff. We have distorted the foundations of the American dream to include money and possessions and it has also heaped on the stress.

“having everything you could possibly want or need”

The American dream used to mean freedom, now it feels like a burden.

“success, wealth, big house, adorable children, vacations”

Over the next 31 days, we’re going to explore the idea of “having it all” and find freedom and contentment in the process.

31 Days of NOT Having It All Square

Our mission:

We are on a mission to discover that trying to have it all does not lead to happiness. It’s time to stop “keeping up with the Joneses.” During these 31 days, we are going to make some hard choices, simplify our lives, and find fulfillment in God and the blessings we already have.

I resonated with so many of your responses to the survey I posted. This week, we’ll explore more of the feelings you and I have associated with “having it all.” We will discuss the possible positive connotations to “having it all” {there MIGHT be an upside!} and take a look at what God has to say on the subject. The rest of the month will be dedicated to dispelling the myths of the many things we think we “have” to do.

I’m really glad to be going on this 31 day journey with you! I need to take a good look at all of these areas as much as anyone else and can’t wait to hear your thoughts as we work through this topic!

How would you define “having it all?” Does it have positive or negative meaning in your life?