I'm not very good at making time for myself. I know I should. It's not healthy to always give and go and never take time out to rest your body, feed your soul, nourish your spirit. I'm not good at carving out those moments for myself (except for my all-too-frequent ADD episodes of getting lost on the internet for just a quick sec endless minutes at a time. But that doesn't count!). So I'm making a conscious effort in the next month to take more time out for ME. And I hope it catches on permanently! Just a few minutes a day, a few hours a week, to simply go somewhere quiet and breathe. Take a walk, a run, a drive, and just be alone with my thoughts. Maybe I'll wake up earlier than the kids on Monday mornings (God help me with that one) and enjoy my coffee on the lanai, instead of via the drive-thru at Starbucks. Maybe I'll begin journaling again, whether it be in one of my beloved Moleskine notebooks or a private blog just for me. My soul needs it. My mind craves the solitude and the restoration of sanity (especially come 5 - 6:00 pm each evening when Lila is clinging to my feet, begging "holdjuuuuu, Mommy" while I try and wrangle cups and plates, and Parker is nowhere to be found because he knows supper is about to start). My body craves the rest, the peace. I need to do this.
And I'd love for you to take some time for yourself too. If you want to read what else I have planned, head on over to The Creative Mama and read the article that I posted, HERE. I'd love for you to comment and let me know how YOU take time for just yourself, or how you manage to work in those precious few minutes each day. How you balance. How you manage to stay sane come 6:00 pm. ;) Feel free to comment here as well, wherever you feel most comfortable. I'd love to hear your ideas! (And I just might use them myself!!)