I’ve mentioned before that I am determined to start crossing things off my Someday List. I’d always said that I would donate my hair someday, so I finally cut and donated 12 inches back in October. I haven’t had a single moment of regret since I made the cut. It made me want to work even harder on the rest of my Someday list.
“Somewhere along my life’s journey, I grasped on to the lie that it is wrong to care for myself, and something tells me that I’m not the only one who has felt this way. Maybe we have viewed it as vanity. Or being full of ourselves. Or misplaced priorities. On the list of things that I needed to do and the people that I needed to care for, adding my own name had never even occurred to me. Reading Crystal’s chapter on taking care of yourself jogged my memory…
My mother-in-law once told me something that, sadly, I have never followed…but that ends now. She told me that I am a good mom, but that it is time for me to mother myself in the same way that I mother my children. I care so deeply and tirelessly for them – but I now I need to care for myself, too. Wow.” ~ From my post When Life is Just Too Much ~ Say Goodbye to Survival Mode
After such a long time of not being very nice to myself, I have decided to make 2014 a time to take better care of me. It’s time to mother myself the way that I lovingly and passionately care for my boys. This is such a new thing for me – but I’m finally ready.
How does one go about taking care of themselves? I started to think of all the ways that I care for my boys, and I’ve come up with a few ways that I can translate into my own life…mind, body, and soul.
Nutrition ~ I’m careful about what my boys eat. Would I let them get away with not drinking enough water? Nope. Do I let them skip breakfast like I do so often? Not a chance. That’s because I love them, and I want the very best for them.
Sleep ~ I don’t let the ones that I love burn the midnight oil. It wouldn’t be good for them, and it’s not good for me. I need more sleep in my life. Everyone wins when Mom is feeling rested, and I have to make this a priority.
I make sure that my boys get time to relax, unwind, and have fun. I give them time to play with their friends, make sure that they are surrounded by good books, and that they get plenty of exercise.
These are all general goals, but what I want to do is share with you each week a few of the specific goals that I have for myself. And it would mean the world to me if you wanted to do this with me! I love the sense of community that I feel here in my little corner of the world. The added benefits of doing this with friends would make this so much more fun!
For this week, I have 10 goals for myself:
What about you? Will you join me in making 2014 a happier, healthier, and energized year? I would LOVE to hear if there is something that you’re going to do for yourself this week! Will you be exercising? Reading a good book? Having a cup of tea with a friend? Whatever would help to brighten your week and take care of you – I hope that you’ll join me! Let’s do this together!
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