“I’m Enough,” is an anthem that is worth shouting out at the top of your lungs. Yet, as women, we struggle with the entire concept. When The Mrs. was throwing around ideas for the song, Andra Liemandt had a “huge visceral reaction” to it. “As a mom, it’s a struggle, and as a working mom it’s a huge struggle. You know, and trying to be a great wife … It’s a crazy balance, and you don’t feel you’re enough to anyone.”
After kicking around the “I’m Enough” concept at a band meeting, Andra had a rough day. It was a day that so many moms can relate to, “On this particular day I had lunch with [my daughters] … I started kind of looking around and I noticed that all of the other girls’ hair was done perfectly and they had big bows in their hair and I was looking at my kids and I was like, wait a minute, they have zipper heads today, and their hair is all scraggly and [my daughter] has like sticker residue left on her shirt – did I not wash that right? And, like, what’s going on? Okay, I clearly need to be waking up earlier to be doing whatever all of these other moms are doing. Like, I’m doing something wrong here. Am I setting them up for failure? It was just one of those days where I just kind of compared myself a lot and I thought I need to get my game together. Something’s not – like I’m doing something wrong. So, that started off not great.
It was at that moment when Andra realized that the band needed to write the song, “I went down and I was just like this is it, we’re going to write this song “Enough”. We are going to go do this. We are going to do this for women out there, because I don’t know if they have a little girl, or a little boy, or someone in their life that will sit down and tell them that they’re enough at the end of a day like I had. But if they don’t, then we need to figure out a way to help people out there feel like they are, because, as women, we need to help each other feel better. We don’t need to compare ourselves. We need to stop beating ourselves up.”
I stood in front of the mirror, and while I didn’t have anyone who knew me feeding me personal messages, I did end up with tears in my eyes. Someone told me that what I was working to do was beautiful, and that I needed to remember that I was as amazing as the women who I was working with. It was a message that I didn’t know that I needed to hear until I heard it.