Saturday, May 17, 2008

52 Blessing Project ~Week 20

Today I am thankful for...being selfish!

Yup- you read that right! Being selfish.

Today I went to the gym and after I finished working out, I went in the sauna then in the jacuzzi. It felt so luxurious reading a magazine and soaking in the jacuzzi. I got to thinking about being a mom. The Joys and the frustrations. We are the most overworked, underpaid profession in history!We are on duty 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It begins from the time our baby's are born until the time they leave the nest.I think as moms we have a perception of how we should be and don't always acknowledge all the good we do. I thought of my journey the past two months and thought of how things are changing. I am changing...Slowly, but changing..As a mother I had become angry and frustrated an awful lot. I felt as if I just wasn't being a good mother.I was so tired of being sick and tired.I felt as if I had somehow lost a part of myself in the process of being a mother.I had become my greatest critic.Something had to change... I was not going to allow myself to do that anymore.
For the first time in a long, long time, I have been making time for me, and I am loving it!
As I mentioned before, in a previous post, I had signed up for the gym. I have started eating right and even started getting a manicure and pedicure! Lord have mercy...I love getting a pedicure! It has been a long time since I have taken away time and money just for me! It feels sooo good to be away from the daily frustrations, and relax.Erma Bombeck once said
"The easiest part of being a mother is giving birth. The hardest part is showing up for it each day."I have found that taking time for me has made showing up much easier..and for that I am very very grateful!


Cara said...

GOOD FOR YOU!!! I love the quote, I need to be better about taking time out for me as well. Thanks for the reminder. BTW I love getting pedi's too Ü

sherry said...

Some of us prefer to call this "taking care of ourselves" instead of "being selfish". I like the airplane analogy. Where they tell you to put the oxygen mask on yourself before taking care of any small children. Because if you have no oxygen, you can't take care of anybody else. If you are exercising, you are healthier and better able to take care of everyone else around you. And the mani/pedi helps you to be mentally healthy;) It all makes you a better mother, in my opinion. Like they say, "if mama ain't happy, ain't nobody happy" How true!

Lori said...

This is so true. I know I stay sane by taking time to do things for me, too. And I am a firm believer in getting out that extra stress at the gym. Way to stick with it!!