Today the Build 'Em Up Bloggers are asking us to write about how we take care of ourselves and keep our identities. While it's tempting to joke about "Who has time for THAT?!?!", I recognize that this is so important to do. It makes us better wives and mothers when we know who we are and make some time for that. So how do I do that?
And there is a group of women at my church who meet once a month to work on crafts, or whatever you want. I appreciate the time to sort photos or make a dress for Rachel or to get something else done, but even more, I treasure the conversations we have together.
My friends are so important to me so I always try to have some friend time. I can't make it work every day, or even every week, but just connecting with my women friends is huge in my life.
Even though you wouldn't be able to tell from my gym attendance lately, another way I take care of myself is to go workout. I feel better after I do and I know it's good for me.
Another important thing I do is, because Rachel (who isn't quite two) still goes down for a nap, I enforce an afternoon "quiet time" for Sam, who just turned four. I think he needs the down time every day and I KNOW I do! I think it's good for us all to have some daily quiet time.
And honestly, another way I take care of myself is to blog. I love blogging. I love connecting with other moms and wives and women. I love reading your stories. I love this form of "scrapbooking" my family's life. I absolutely love to sit down with a cup of tea or a can of Coke and write about whatever is on my mind -- sometimes it's what happened that day, sometimes it's an adventure and sometimes it's just random thoughts. And I love the enforced "me time" it gives me almost every day.
So that's how I take care of myself. What do you do???