Meaningful Me Moments. They are my oxygen. They are my source of rejuvenation.
California’s former First Lady, Maria Shriver urges graduates to “pause”.
TheMomCreative.com founder, Jessica N. Turner advocates for you to find “fringe hours”, which is also the focus of her new book The Fringe Hours. (Side bar: this book should be on your spring reading list!)
We’re all talking, maybe even SHOUTING, about the same thing – the need for YOU time, a need for quite time away from work, kids, spouses, home chores, and everything else that gets in the way of you disconnecting in order to better connect with the most important person in your life – YOU!
I never realized the value of Meaningful Me Moments until I became a mom, when life became more blessed, but, also, more complex. I could no longer be on my own schedule, running out for a quick press preview, meeting Steve for dinner at one of our favorite city hangouts, or sitting online to find the perfect coral pumps. Ya, I did the latter for way too many hours – resulting in some wicked Christian Louboutins. But, I digress.
Adorable, little people; very needy, little people now depended on me.
I was a mom.
But, wait, I’m still me!
I may not have all the time in the world, but I need to find time for ME in my world.
That’s when I began to “pause”, “savor”, carve out “fridge hours” and consciously create Meaningful Me Moments.
Whether it’s buying fresh flowers while grocery shopping, arranging them in pretty vases and accenting the arrangements with butterflies, birds or bows purchased at Michaels (my favorite craft store), or getting extra help 3 times a week so that I can go and exercise and stay a sexy, sassy mama, I’m making time for ME.
I love myself enough to say “I deserve this time. I need this time so that I can always be my best self, so that I can be my happy self.” I know that if I’m not happy, nobody in this house will be happy. That’s just how it goes.
If you’re a new mom, a favorite auntie, a beloved grandma, or a crazed graduate student, join me in a self-love adventure I’m calling Monday Meaningful Me Moments.
Every Monday, I’m going to highlight how I’m doing something by myself, for myself and having fabulous Meaningful Me Moments. Some days, I only have a few minutes – tea time with fancy tea cups! Some days, I may take a bigger bite out of the clock and go to a museum in between meetings.
I hope you’ll be inspired to find joy in being with yourself, find a need to reconnect with your inner voice in activities (again they can be a few minutes or several hours, if you’re lucky!) that make you happy, and, ultimately, enable you to Always Be Your Best You in every corner of your glowing, glorious life.
FYI My Meaningful Me Moments today came in the form of a 20-minute swim at the gym. In between grocery shopping, dry cleaning, and a run to the bank before baby David woke up, I had to unwind. Swimming is great for my pelvic floor muscles (greatly weakened after the second pregnancy). But, mostly, I go because when I do my funny frog swim stroke, I’m thinking of nothing else but the current stroke. It’s total mind emptiness. That’s worth a heck of a lot more than a gym membership. 😉