Welcome to the May 2013 Natural Living Blog Carnival: Taking Time for Mom. This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Natural Living Blog Carnival hosted by Happy Mothering and The Pistachio Project through the Green Moms Network. Oftentimes, Moms are so busy taking care of their families that they forget to take care of themselves. This month our carnival participants have written posts about what they do just for themselves.
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Empowered by a hot bath, a journal, and a vase of fresh flowers
My days as a mom with young kids are long gone. While many of you struggle to fit in some 'me' time, I thought I'd share some things I did to help me stay connected to myself during those challenging years of raising children.
Ever since I was a child, nothing soothed me better than a hot bath. As I grew up, whenever my mind, body or spirit was hurting, I took refuge in a tub of hot water. Back when the girls were young, my late husband would come home, take one look at the frazzled expression on my face and say, "Why don't you go take a bath. I'll take over." Rarely would I argue with him. And with his servant's heart, he would not only take care of the kids, but he'd deliver a freshly brewed cup of hot tea to me as I soaked. Ahhh.
Perhaps running full tubs of water is not the greenest option, particularly for those of you who live in areas where drought is an issue. However, living in an area with three rivers, we are not in danger of a water shortage here in Pittsburgh. For me, this is an inexpensive 'me' luxury.
The other thing I did, which cost next to nothing, during my child raising years, was write in journals. Journaling kept me connected to me. This was back in the days before there was a computer in every home and there was no such thing as social media. In order for me to be social, I had to pack up the kids to go somewhere, or spend lots of money on phone bills (which I did). There were no cell phones with unlimited plans. If I called someone, it cost me. I didn't have any family here in Pittsburgh and even my best friends' were all toll calls. Anyway, journaling was something I could do for me. It had nothing to do with anyone else.
Arranging flowers was something I did to connect to my creative side. I loved having fresh flowers in the house, even if they were just wildflowers or blooms from my yard. We had ten lilac bushes and in early May, the house was filled with them. I'd vase them and put them in every room. Bringing outdoor beauty indoors was something I learned from my own mother, who had a knack for natural decorating that I inherited somewhere along the way.
She also enjoyed rearranging furniture, and I found that to be a way to relieve tension, refresh a tired room, and tinker with the designer in me with zero cost to my husband (who was the only one bringing home a paycheck).
These were the things I did for me. I always found time for me, because I knew it was a necessity for the emotional health of my family. Looking back, I have no regrets about too much time spent soaking in the tub or writing in my journal. And the kids joined in when it came time to arrange flowers or rearrange furniture. They just didn't know they were taking part in 'mommy time.'
What about you? Have you carved out that special niche or two that says, "Hey, I'm important, too"?
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