I used to pride myself in the fact that I always managed to get more than 24 hours worth of productivity out of any day.
My family would laugh about all the things I could squeeze into a day and wonder how I did it. The phrase, “There just aren’t enough hours in a day” never escaped my lips.
Well, it’s happened now.
Somehow being the Executive Director of a small, but busy non-profit organization combined with being a mother of two kids under the age of two has finally made me hit my limit of how much I could get done in a day. Something had to give.
Unfortunately, two things quickly went on the back burner.
Running and blogging.
My two beloved hobbies. The two “phases” I have actually stuck with longer than anyone (including my husband) ever imagined I would.
Am I giving up on my hobbies? No way. I think it is so important, especially as a mom, that we find things in our lives that we enjoy. Things that bring us pure, individual satisfaction outside of work and our families.
But do I have to recognize when it’s time to put those hobbies in their rightful place, behind the more pressing responsibilities of life?
So that’s what I’ve done. But hopefully things will be getting back to “normal” soon – whatever that is. It’s time for me to remember to take time for myself. To focus on me. To pay attention to my health.
I’m starting tomorrow. Actually, I’m starting tonight – just by blogging. And I’ll be continuing tomorrow morning with a 3 mile run with my running club. It won’t be pretty – I haven’t run in two weeks. But I do have a 5k next weekend.
And it’s time to start taking care of me again.
What is the first thing to go on the back burner when your life gets busy? How do you make sure to find time for yourself?