It’s no secret that having a baby in the house takes a lot of time, energy, and focus. Whether you stay at home or work outside of it, it is easy to lose yourself. I know I do sometimes! Especially with 3, it’s sometimes hard to meet all of their needs, never mind my own!
Now that we are back to school and routine, I decided it was time to make a commitment. Because I don’t like to spend money on myself, I made myself do it, and I bought 2 things.
These 2 things are a pledge, a promise to spend some time for myself each day…or at least most days.
First, I will exercise. This can come in many forms. I want to try Pilates, something to help tone a little. I want to get back to my free weights; I was starting to work up in reps and weight and somehow fell out of it, probably in one of the stretches of sleepless nights. And I’ve been toying with the idea of trying running, or at least jogging, using the c25k program to work up my stamina. Some days, any combination of this will happen; some days, the best I do will be going walking with a friend for an hour, give or take. But I feel much better on days I get moving, and I also think it sets a good example for my kids.
Second, I will write. I have always wanted to be an author. I like to write, but haven’t in – an embarrassing number of years. In today’s world of publishing, it’s within my grasp to put something out there, if only as a Kindle release if I can’t do it with a traditional publisher. I have a story rattling around in my head, and I want to get it out. I’m building the world now, and soon I want to start making it happen.
I know it won’t always work, but with the commitment of money invested, and a little accountability by putting it in the blog, I figure I’ll get somewhere – if only a few minutes a day.
What do you do for yourself? If the answer doesn’t come easily, it may be time for a pledge of your own.
When we were moving I found an assignment I did in CALM titled, “By the time I’m thirty” We’d done the assignment as part of a long term planning exercise. Apparently I thought that I would have 3 kids and have published a novel. It was good for a laugh but it was also a bit of a reality check I haven’t written actively since before I got married and characters dance regularily in my head begging me to give them the time to come out.
Good luck with both pledges.
Go, go, go! As moms, we have to make time for ourselves and for me, exercise and writing are two of the things I have to incorporate into my day, no questions asked. Good for you and you go!