Posts Tagged ‘just breathe’

09/04/09
Amy
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(Just for Mom) 5 Minutes


If you haven’t noticed, once you become a mom, most of your time is no longer your own. It isn’t exactly a 9-5 job where you get evenings and weekends off. And especially during certain seasons of your life, true breaks can be hard to come by (not to mention the ability to go to the bathroom in peace).

Getaways, Mom’s Night Out, dates with your husband, or an occasional movie are all significant breaks that provide refreshment to a mother’s soul. For the days and weeks, though, where those breaks are not an option, learn to look for 5 or 10 minute opportunities to be alone. Savor them and let the quiet wash over you. Take a hot shower on the weekend when your husband is able to watch the kids, opt to be the one to return the movie to the store, pick up takeout, or simply go get the mail.

Realize the value in a few quiet moments alone and just breathe.

06/02/09
Amy

(Healthy Living) Getting Started


We are inundated on a daily basis with green campaigns, organic options, vaccine articles (anti and pro), health alternatives, natural remedies, and new studies on how x-ingredient (that is in 50 commonly used products in our homes) is linked to this endless list of different complications, diseases, and side effects. Now don’t get me wrong. I believe in, and am even passionate, about making many of these changes in the lifestyle of my family. However, if you decide that you want to start making some of these changes in your life, it is so easy to get overwhelmed. There is always going to be more that you can change. Don’t lose sight of the fact that the purpose of making these changes is to enhance your life, not to bog it down. Give yourself (and your budget!) some breathing room.

Strive to make one change per month. Pick one thing that is important to you. Research it, experiment with  it, learn about it. Then when you do make that change, it is intentional, non-emotional, educated, and affordable. The tortoise wins the race every time.  And he even gets to enjoy the journey.