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Boondoggle?


I recently had a “Ferris Beuller” or ‘Boondoggle” day…

When I started writing this blog, I had it in mind that I was on the hunt for balance. I would like to share my experiences, in hopes that my friends would share their experiences and tips on how they achieve balance in their own busy lives. Life (as all my mommy and daddy friends can attest to) is sometimes so crazy that you feel as though you do not know whether you are coming or going…keeping up with activities and homework, while making sure everyone is fed, clean, and happy. The last few weeks for me, have felt this way… and I still feel as though it is a struggle to achieve this elusive ‘balance’ in life right now, but I am trying  to take baby steps.

I think balance means something different for everyone. For some, it means doing less of something, while for some, it means doing more of something. For me, centering myself means remembering ‘me’, and acknowledging that I sometimes need time by myself, to do nothing specific…(ok, who am I kidding…I had VERY specific ideas of what I would do with time ALONE)…so that I can be charged and ready to perform my “mom” duties with gusto.

That, however is just one aspect of what makes me feel balanced, there are so many things that contribute to this feeling…working out, time with girlfriends, alone time with hubby, one on one time with each of my 3 gorgeous boys, time with my sisters, brothers and mom, reading a great book, painting, and of course, a good night’s sleep.

But this week, I decided to reacquaint myself with me…

It took WEEKS to decide to take a day off from work. Being a home daycare provider, taking a day off is very difficult, as it affects 4-5 other families….BUT, I managed to drum up enough courage to do so, and I have to say it was well worth it, once I was able to get past the guilt.

My day started off with bringing Kaeden to his grandparents. I can’t even begin to describe how awful I felt dropping him off for the day, knowing that I  planned a full day just for me…until, my little cherub walked through the door to his grandparents, had a snuggle with his grandma, said ‘where’s grampa’, then ‘bye mommy’…..guess I worried for nothing.

Then, it began….my 6.5 hours of pure heaven…

I know these things might seem trivial to some, but for me…just pure unadulterated bliss. I walked the isles of  Walmart…yes, Walmart, with NOT a kid in towe….I stopped at Timothy’s for a latte, and Starbucks, TWICE!! Shopped for some fall clothes, and actually tried EVERYTHING on…went for a massage, and I really hope I didn’t scare the therapist with my snoring…talk about RELAXED??? sigh…Finally, I met my yummy hubby for a coffee, (well, herbal tea) and had some grownup time with some friends, and even bought myself a book while browsing at Chapters…

After saying goodbye to my hubby, I came home to meet my 2 oldest boys from school, and have never felt calmer, or more refreshed…

I really learned a lesson on my “Ferris Beuller” day. I AM worth a day to myself every once in a while. While I love being a mom, and a wife, it was really nice to just be me. Having had a day off, I feel my inner sunshine re-emerging…which is a good thing, cuz it was ‘gettin a lil cloudy’.

Boondoggle? I think not.

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