Find Time for You
This is the time of year that most moms are finding themselves lost in mom duties; shuffling kids to school, making lunches, sports practice, music lessons, PTA meetings...the list goes on and on. I have a serious love hate relationship with this time of year. I love getting back into a routine, I love the kids playing more sports, and continuing school relationships that get put on a back burner during the summer. I hate not having the lazy days of summer, the lack of stressful homework nights, and the what will I make for dinner tonight before we run out the door to hockey for the third time this week questions. I feel like I am constantly on edge, not living in the moment. Did I reply to this email? Did I record this art awards ceremony? Did I catch that shot on goal? Did I miss something? I am missing something! I am missing time with my husband and boys...always trying to keep up. I am missing time to just unwind and be me.
This Fall, despite being busier than ever with my own business, my husband’s business, and my children’s activities, I have made it a mission to take time for just myself. I went on a trip to a city I have never visited. I have gone to Target, alone, for no good reason. I have gone to the garage and just built things. Why? Because it has centered me, it has reminded me that I am not just Eli, Caden, Colby, and Tate’s mom...I am Jessica, I love to build things, I love Target, I love my family, but I also love my time away from my family. I feel great! I have even started exercising some too, though slowly because it is still as hot as ever in Florida, and my knee is not what it used to be, but I am doing it because I missed it!
In light of this new found way of thinking, I decided to surprise my girlfriends with a little treat and some encouragement to find time for them too. Next time they come over to help me get some work done for the blog, I am giving them each a little gift. A coffee mug, a Starbucks gift card, some candies, and some bubble bath...because, ladies, you need remember who *you* are, and be you. Be the woman that your husband fell in love with all those years ago, be the woman you look at in pictures...be you! Love you! Then, you can be the best MOTHER, wife, daughter, sister, niece, etc. And, if you don’t have a picture of the awards, or the shot on goal, or the perfect ballet pose to post on social media, it’s ok. I promise.
The boys’ mom