Free To Be Me Time – Part Two

Me Time Self Care Motherhood

 

If you like, you can read part one here.

The necessity of me time is well established.
I actually think we are all too aware of the concept of self care and how you can’t pour from an empty cup.
We have become so accustomed to the calls for me time that they now sound like background noise and are therefore easy either to discount or to ignore entirely.
You may think that me time is for mothers who have more support.
You may think that it is rubbish to call simply taking a read more

Free To Be Me Time – Part One

Motherhood Self Care Me Time

Although I didn’t recognise it at the time, before I had children, my entire life was me time.
I mostly ate what I wanted to eat, when I wanted to eat it.
I managed to fit in and enjoy daily exercise.
I went to the movies regularly.
I read books.
I spent afternoons casually browsing at my favourite shops.
I watched entire TV series, from start to finish without missing an episode.
I even went to the bathroom when I needed to go, and without an audience!

I was pretty good at me read more

What do you do all day?

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I remember how I felt when Charlie was a newborn.
At the time, my husband had a demanding job.  A few hours after Charlie was born, he went back to working twelve hour days, six days a week.
I acutely felt that it was just the two of us.
Me and my baby.
All day.
Every day.
I remember desperately wanting someone to talk to…someone I could share the details of my day with.
I would look forward to the front gate creaking open, signalling the return of my husband.
I would read more

The Chalkboard Method for Mothers

“How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.” Annie Dillard
A while back, I listened to the Being Boss Podcast episode where they explained The Chalkboard Method of goal setting.
As someone who likes vision boards and physically mapping out ideas, I thought The Chalkboard Method sounded like a brilliant way to keep track of to dos, set goals, and attract clients.
I have only been using it for a few months but already I can see that it allows me to establish big goals, to break those long term read more

Happy. Thank You. More Please.

Happy Thank You More Please

 

Gratitude is one of those concepts that I think is (unfortunately) beginning to feel overdone.
Like meditation.
And self care.
And eating sugar free.

At some point, these approaches that are meant to inspire self improvement, feel tedious.
They become simply another thing to add to your to do list: meal planning, grocery shopping, make dentist appointment, practice gratitude.
I think it starts to feel forced.  You start to censor your gratitude, naming aspects of your read more