Today, for Talk About It Tuesday, I wanted to discuss staying true to ourselves as women. I recently had the opportunity to take a few days away from home with friends. I am fortunate enough to be able to do this once a year, and it is something I treasure. Although I missed my husband and children dearly, it was a much needed escape from the demands of our busy life and a chance to just be me. I think that we often get caught up in our roles as mothers and wives and forget that we are individuals who need our own time and space. I have tried hard this year to focus on my needs as well as those of my family.
I have made the time to call a friend, just to chat. I have taken late evening walks with neighbors to reconnect or get to know them better. I have sent cards to far away friends and family to let them know that I am thinking of them. And, I take an occasional "mental health day" and get together with other women to laugh.
When you feel your frustration levels rising, or you feel your temper becoming short with your children, look within yourself. Have you had any time alone lately? Are you able to make that time anywhere in your schedule? I know that it renews my energy and makes me anxious to get back into the hustle and bustle again. It calms my heart and opens it up to see all the little celebrations in life. It helps me cherish the everyday and treasure those little quirks that might have annoyed me otherwise.
I hope that you can find the time to reconnect with yourself, have a chat with a friend and spend time doing what you love. Make time for you!