I don’t know about anyone else. But since I became a parent my days feel so much shorter and it feels almost impossible to fit in all the things I want to do. From a certain chore to an errand or even a hobby or the gym. This weekend though I was able to take some time for myself. I didn’t go to the spa or get my nails done, instead I went to a yoga workshop. It was 2.5 hours of arm balances and inversions (doesn’t sound relaxing right?). It was an afternoon dedicated to something I love, something just for me. It was an afternoon of pushing myself, of stepping out of my comfort zone and pushing my body to do things it doesn’t naturally want to do. I was exhausted when I left. But I walked away from the studio feeling proud, strong and satisfied. It is so easy to get caught up in all of our different jobs… wife, mom, sister, friend, employee. But I feel as though we forget, or maybe just don’t take the time to invest in ourselves. It’s okay to take care of YOURSELF, to take time to make YOU happy, to have dreams and goals and hobbies.
I have a little girl who watches everything I do. She watches how I act and speak. She sees my moods and emotions. She watches everything and learns from me. I want to raise her to go for her dreams, to do things that challenge her and things that make her happy. I want her to be proud of herself. But how can I do this if I’m not doing the same for myself? Don’t people say that children learn by example? If I want her to grow up knowing that she can reach for the stars, I have to do the same thing and show her that it is possible.
It is so easy to get caught up in everything else and lose sight of the simple things that we can do to recharge, to invest in ourselves. So even if it’s taking a bath tonight with a glass of wine, do it! Go to that class you’ve been wanting to try. Make a plan, ask someone to watch the kids for you, and just go. Do something that makes you feel wonderful, inside and out and never forget that your dreams, goals, health… they’re all so important, and so worth your time.