• Embracing Me

    Date: 2012.01.03 | Category: Books, Family, Health, Home, Life, Mark, Sarah, Travel | Tags:

    I’m not really one for New Year’s resolutions. I have enough to worry about without that added pressure. But I was participating in this marketing project a few weeks ago and had to name some resolutions. After thinking about it for a bit, I decided on one very important one: Make more time for myself.

    It’s so easy to fall into the permanent role of “mom.” And being a mom is a wonderful, beautiful thing. But it’s a part of who I am, not all of who I am.

    I’ve had a very difficult time figuring that out and what it means since having Sarah. She needs so much from me and I willingly give it, but what about the other things I’ve put on the backburner?

    Now that I no longer have a newborn, I’m going to make time for those things. After all, reading is one of the few things that pulled me through the baby blues.

    So this year I resolve to:

    1. Keep up my reading pace. Books have always been good for my mind and my spirit and help me relax and escape.

    2. Do “grown up” things. Yesterday my mom watched Sarah while my sister in law and I went and saw an R-rated movie. It was fantastic.

    3. Travel. I really miss going places and now that Sarah is older, she can go with us. We can share that experience with her and how much fun it can be. We already have two trips planned for this year. I’m excited about hitting the road and taking to the air again.

    4. Take care of myself. I haven’t had my hair cut since before I had Sarah nearly a year ago. And while my husband loves my long hair, it at least needs a trim. I haven’t bothered to paint my nails and don’t wear my hair down enough either (at least to work, no way I’m wearing it down with baby hair yanker around).

    5. Get back on beautifying our home. It still needs work and we have re-organization and decorating plans. We’re excited about setting up my office space at home. Having a separate office space on my iMac for work instead of bringing my laptop into the family space has been good for my work and personal psyche.

    6. Spend time with my husband. The baby is sleeping through the night now, it’s ok to stay up later and hang out with my spouse and I look forward to it.

    7. Return to my exercise regimen. I have an awesome jogging stroller and it’s relatively mild outside (thank you Louisiana!) Now that the days are starting to get longer again, we can hit the pavement and feel better. We’ve already started, and while I’m a bit footsore, I feel so much better.

    I know I can’t do all of these things all of the time, but as long as I regularly take time to do things I love and take care of my family, I know I’ll be happier and healthier.

    What helps you feel more like “you”?