Right about now, you might be anticipating starting the month of May.
I'm heading into:
The Month of Me.
What is the Month of Me?
Well, to be clear, it is not a month of self-indulgence or selfishness.
And it's not a mid-life crisis type of month where I stop making dinner and neglect my kids!
It IS a month to rediscover, rejuvenate, and reacquaint myself...with....MYSELF.
Some of you are very good at taking care of yourselves, but I admit that I am not. Oh, I'm not neglected by any means. My "problem" is that I live a lot like I drive. When I want to get somewhere on a project, I put the pedal to the metal, and it's full-speed ahead. If I am excited about something that I want to teach my kids, then I put 110% of my energy and time into that project. I actually LOVE doing this...(duh, as if that wasn't obvious!)...but I think it's time to stop for gas, to slow-down and take in the scenery, and to think about which destinations I personally want to add to my trip-tick in life.
In order to do this, I am going to be re-exploring things that I used to do in my "previous life":
For instance, in my previous life, I used to liked to dress up,
I also liked to play sports, read books, and sleep.
I liked to ask a lot of questions of people I barely knew.
And I loved to write poetry.
I still love to write...but what about the other stuff?
Do I still like to do the things I once loved? CAN I still do them?
Is there room for them in my life now?
This month is an opportunity for me to make time for the things that once made me Me, so that I can put more of Me into my mothering in the future.
The Month of Me is an all-month theme that I'm going to use to guide my decisions about how I spend my time. Here are the only rules to remember, if you'd like to join me:
1. Do things that I WANT to do.
2. Do things that contribute in some way to my WELL-BEING. (physical, mental, emotional...) or the well-being of my personal relationships.
3. Engage in activities that I don't normally have time for or try something new.
I'm not going to be doing any special blog posts about this, but you are all invited to participate in your own ways.
A woman who knows herself well is a very DANGEROUS thing indeed.
I'm off to Yoga for Congo tonight...something I really WANT to do, something that is good for me, and something that I never do...check, check, check!