Saturday, May 05, 2007
Finding Time for Me
I used to think that the idea of finding time for myself was selfish. And I think that if it's something we demand, or if time for ourselves causes our families to suffer, then it is selfish. But everyone needs a little time alone to do something to nourish the soul. As a busy mom, that time is hard to find. No spa days for me!
There are 2 little times I set aside for myself. First, I take a few minutes after lunch when the babies go down for their naps (Elizabeth doesn't nap; she has quiet time) just to surf around online, mostly reading blogs that inspire me. I have to discipline myself not to get carried away and spend too much time, but 15 or 20 minutes is enough to unwind and feel inspired. I try to keep my blog reading uplifting. I read blogs that help me in my calling: first, caring for my family (mom stuff, creative homemaking), and second, to reach out to others, also mostly through the ministry of my home in hospitality. I feel a new commitment to these callings since we've moved. Although we're still settling, I guess you could say I have a greater and more specific vision for what I'm supposed to be doing. My little break is a refreshing way to be reminded of that.
My second break is bathtub multitasking. Busy mamas know that the bathroom is just about the only place we can find time alone, right?! So a hot bath and a good book make a relaxing combination. Now Billy will know why I sometimes take so long in there. Oh well! :)
Find a few minutes to recharge and enjoy yourself today!