Happy weekend, lovelies! Today we are so happy to feature one of our September sponsors: Channing from Living Lobpries. A mother of three darling girls, she is such a sweetheart and we often wonder how she makes time for herself. Today she shares the inside scoop to making time for mommy.
Hello R&R readers! My name is Channing and I blog over at www.livinglobpries.com. I am mom to 3 beautiful girls and wife to my fire fighting husband. I spend most of my days making pasta necklaces and playing with baby dolls then running to soccer and piano practice all while trying to make dinner. Then the next day I wake up and do it all again without a hitch… I wish!
As moms these days, our lives are packed and moving at such a rapid pace that we forget to focus on ourselves. We get so bogged down with life that we forget we are someone outside of MOM.
I know, this sounds much easier said than done. I mean let’s get real–there are some days I can’t even get ME time in the bathroom! Who knew the bathroom was such a fun place anyway?
But, I am here to tell you that it can happen and for you new mamas out there, it is worth it, I promise! I know and understand that sometimes you are so filled with the mommy guilt of leaving your little ones without you for a small while. But I have a secret for you, they sometimes need time away from you too!
In all seriousness, it will do you a world of good. You will be rejuvenated and ready to take on the world again. You will have a small moment where you feel like yourself. She is in there you know and she is ready to get out!
So let’s get down to business… how do we make this happen? Like everything else in motherhood you have to be strategic about it. Here are some ways that I take some time for me:
1. Wake up an hour early: This is something that I struggle with everyday. I am NOT a morning person but when I make myself get up early I cannot even tell you how much it does for my day. I am able to get up, have some quiet and prayer time, drink my caffeine alone, read my favorite blogs and just get ready for the day. This is such an easy “me” time to fit in and one that I swear by. It will do you some good, try it!
2. Be strategic about your household responsibilities: As moms we have so many to dos on our lists each day that we put ourselves at the bottom. Look at what you HAVE to do around the house for the day and do it while the kiddos are occupying themselves. That way when nap time rolls around, you get to have some time to do things for you. How do you think I get these blog posts written?
3. Get out with your girlfriends and schedule time away: I have a group of girlfriends that I grew up with. We are now all engaged, married and/or have children. Our lives are crazy and in order for us all to hang out we have to schedule it months in advance. This time with them is something that I cherish and it refuels me until the next time we get away. Of course, I still have mommy nights out and other times that I sneak out that are just as amazing! You have to find time with the girls. If you need some girlfriends join a play group, check out groups at your church or local YMCA. Time with other women is more therapeutic than you realize.
4. Find a hobby you LOVE and make it a PRIORITY: One thing I struggled with for the first few years of mommyhood was how to maintain a sense of who I am. I needed something that was MINE! That is when I turned to blogging. I have been blogging for about 3 months and quickly fell in love with it. The idea of having something that I can retreat to and focus on–something for me–has done wonders for who I am. Find something you love! A baking class, crafting, cooking, blogging… the opportunities are endless!
Okay mommas, let’s all promise to take time for ME this week! Make it happen! When you make yourself a priority you will become a better mother and isn’t that what we all desire anyway? How do you get your “me” time? How do you focus on you and make yourself a priority?