I am a mother of 3 grown boys trying to redefine my life. I recently have been reminded how important it is to take time for yourself, because if you don’t do it no-one else will. For so long my focus has always been on helping my children, advocating for them, guiding them through difficult times.
The great news is that they have all taken ownership of their life, therefore my job as mom has gone from pilot of the plane to co-pilot. Whether you are a stay at home mom, working mom, single mom, or an empty nester, we tend to give are all to everything but ourselves. Just recently we dropped our youngest child off at college and our drive home was painful.
The realization that our life was making a major turn, the fear of what that might mean. What I have remembered in the last few weeks is how important it is to take care of myself. taking time everyday to be grateful for what I have, enjoying my morning coffee and walk, open windows and fresh air, vegetables from our garden, simply taking care of me, weather that is getting my hair done, a manicure, a relaxing facial, or just enjoying a glass of wine/martini with my girlfriends. Find time to give to yourself! Don’t ever feel guilty for it. When your soul feels nourished your life feels complete.