"The early bird gets the worm." That is an expression most of us have heard. I know that I heard it a lot growing up. I've always been a relatively early riser and I'm the annoying type of person who wakes up ready to go. My suite-mates in college used to give me a hard time because I was smiley, chipper, and trying to hold conversations with them as they were sluggishly working their way to the shared bathroom to brush their teeth. Even now, conversations I have with my husband first thing in the morning often end with me asking "too much too early?"
As a wife-mommy-teacher-person the needs of others often guides the forming of my day. Like many, I find myself happily and willingly putting the needs of others before my own. That's what we do, right? And that's okay! Serving others is okay! I find a lot of joy in it. But, I'm very guilty of not finding the time to take care of my self afterwards. I easily get lost in everything that needs to get done to help my kids, my husband, to (try to) keep the house in some sort of order, to keep up with the laundry, to make meals that is healthy and edible in the eyes of my children. You know what I'm talking about! I know that this is not a predicament unique to me! I always think "As soon as this activity/project is over, I'll have time to concentrate on eating better/implementing a regular exercise routine/other healthy things I should be doing." The fact that it has been about a year and a half since I wrote in this section...and the subject matter of the last post...supports my findings here. ;)
In the spring I joined my local Burn Bootcamp and really love it. It is geared towards women with a special concentration on moms. Read: Childcare is included during most classes. I have a lot of friends who go, so I often know at least one person in the class. They offer a variety of times, so there's usually a time I can make work. After I signed up, life happened, and I have not been able to make it. UNTIL THIS MORNING! We're into our 4th week of summer vacation and I realized something I should have realized sooner: life doesn't slow down in the summer. There is so much we do! So, last night I decided I was going to get up and go to their 5:30 am class. I know, crazy! I had to wake up 15 minutes earlier than I do on a school day to get to this class! But, I did it for a few reasons. 1. I realize that I'm a morning person. I am better in the morning than I am in the afternoon and evening. If I can get up, I can get going, and I am going to have a better workout. 2. My children wake up early, but a 5:30 am class is early enough that I am likely to be able to leave the house before anyone else wakes up. A clean get away! 3. Quiet. I LOVE that I have been able to shape daily life so that I am able to be with my children the majority of the day. But, that also means that "me time" doesn't happen. I don't need a lot of "me time" but, I do need quiet to recharge and that does not happen too often.
This morning went well. At 7am I was home, but I had already gone to a Burn Bootcamp class and ran a lap at a local track. I had had some quiet time to myself and had even said a Rosary! I'm going to try and keep this early routine 2 days/week this summer. I'm hoping this is a turning point for me in this journey! What is something you are going to do for yourself today?
I can't forget that before I wore many of these hats, I was me. In order to succeed in my other roles I need to take care of myself too. This is a tough one because many of my other hats are more precious to me. I think many can relate to this.