I'm a little late to the party (I mean really what's new) but I am linking up with some of my blogging friends for the "Build em Up" series
This week the topic is "Remembering You" which basically means making time for yourself amidst all the other craziness that is going on in your life.
I was thinking about this, and I really feel like I don't struggle with this too much. Which could be for several reasons. It could be because I have never craved alone time and in fact dread being alone. It could be because I only have one child right now. It could be because I don't spend every second of my day tending to Eli's every need, I do my own stuff while he's awake, or it could be because I see everyday with Eli as a fleeting moment that will soon be gone and if I spend all my time worrying I will look back and wish I had enjoyed it more.
Or basically because I'm just one of those crazy moms.
But just because this particular time is just a season and I won't always have a baby-boy-toddler running around, doesn't mean I don't need to take time for myself. I do need to, especially when I have obligations and duties and that sort of thing.
First off, my biggest ME thing is finding time to spend in the Word. I'm currently involved in three bible studies (clearly I'm some sort of superior Christian) (or I'm just an over-committer) so I always want to find time to study my chapters before our meetings Two out of three of my studies are just studying straight scripture and it is rocking my world. God has been revealing so much to me through Matthew and John in the Bible. I've written a couple of posts about this but have yet to click publish.
It's not always easy to find time to do this, but like I said sometimes I do things with Eli right there with me. There have been times where he sits next to me at the table and colors while I study my bible. He gets a little art time, I get a little Bible time. Win. Win.
I absolutely LOVE that I have Scentsy in my life. This weekend we had a training and after I left the training I was nearly in tears. It's also that time of the month when I'm very emotional so that could have had something to do with it, but I was just so thankful for this opportunity in my life.
I'm able to be a stay at home mom, yet continue to still earn money for our family, still pour into people's lives and have people pour into my life. It's not always easy. Sometimes the balancing act of keeping up with my team of consultants, and my customers, and then all my "regular" duties starts to feel like too much, but it doesn't last long and I just adjust what needs to be adjusted. Sometimes that means I need to spend some time getting better organized, or maybe even let something go, but it all adjusts out in the end
I do pretty much all my Scentsy work when Eli is asleep either during his nap or at night. He also still goes to a babysitter one day a week which leaves me time to tackle tasks that aren't as easy to do when mr. draw-all-over-the-couch- is around.
I try and find time to exercise during the day, so if the weather is nice I will put Eli in the jogging stroller and go to a local park or just go around our neighborhood. I also do my Jillian Michaels DVD during the week and I will do it during Eli's nap time or just do it with him awake. He has started doing it with me and it cracks me up when he does crunches with me. He's getting pretty good.
I am a night owl by nature. I always have been. I can stay up till 3am and then wake up at 6am ready to go. So that helps a lot in doing things I need to do. Like reading a book, or staying up till the wee hours of the night wasting my life watching One Tree Hill.
For me the key to having "me" time is to just adjust accordingly. If I'm looking at my week and I know I have a lot of Scentsy tasks or I'm feeling behind in cleaning or working out, I will know to be intentional with Eli's nap time and use it to be productive. It's just all about "'making do" with what I have before me. The rest will fall in line.