My daughter, Allie, exclaimed, “No way Mom!” But I did it anyway! It was a sunny crisp day in January, and Allie and I were going to take our dog Annie on a walk together. It was a chilly day and I needed to wrap up so I could enjoy our walk together. Allie warned me that if I was going to do what she thought I was going to do, she would walk ahead of me. We had no idea the surprises that were in store for us that day on our walk.
When its cold outside I like to walk with a hat that will keep my head warm. I had a feeling that the perfect hat for our walk on this cold day would be my Cool Elf Hat. This was my favorite hat from the holidays and it always made me smile. It was red and white striped short stocking hat that had big elf ears on it, and one of the ears even had small gold hoop earrings. Across the front of the hat, written in white letters was Cool Elf. (Check out my look in the picture to...
If you are a busy mother or caregiver like myself, your “To Do List” is filled with things needed to help your children make a smooth transition into their new school year.
But let me ask: do you put yourself anywhere on that “To Do List?” In my own experience, there were many days that I never even considered my own needs, let alone found the time to tend to them. I knew deep inside that something needed to change.
I made a commitment to start each day with time for me. At first, I could only offer myself five minutes per day. Once I gave myself this small gift of time every morning, I began to notice how much more pleasant and balanced I felt. It’s like the moment on an airplane when we are instructed to put on our own oxygen mask before we assist our children.
The first thing I do when I wake up is list three things that I am grateful for and three things that I love about myself. I either speak these aloud or write them in my journal.
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