As the week comes to an end, I’ve been thinking about balance within my life. While the past week for me was productive, it also felt off kilter. I’m a mom, a wife, a daughter, I run a business, I’m a writer, a reader, and I volunteer quite often at my daughter’s school. And of course, I have a household to run, a house to keep clean, bills to pay; and somewhere in the chaos, I also need to care for myself. It often feels as though the day is lacking in hours and rest has yet again evaded me.
Through the hustle and the bustle, I often need to remind myself that I am human, that nothing is perfect, and that the laundry will still be there tomorrow. I realize that I must force myself, at times, to set aside times for stillness, relaxation, and prayer. These are the things that help me to keep pushing forward. And without them, I wouldn’t be able to be my best self.
As the week closes, I am looking forward to using these days to refresh and rejuvenate my mind and my spirit. Even though, my responsibilities don’t end with the week, I still make myself a priority each day, but especially on the weekends. The lax schedule gives me time, not just to enjoy my social circles, but also to do things that I really enjoy, but don’t have time to do during the week. These are days when I really get lost in my library books and in my hobbies. I spend time with my husband for our weekly, Saturday night date. I call friends to chat about the weekend and to vent about the week. And I take time to do beauty treatments, that will keep me feeling refreshed all week.
As your Friday workday begins to wind down, and you start thinking about all the chores you need to get done, or how you suddenly turn into an uber driver for your kids during the weekend, remember to think of yourself first. Remember that you deserve time and attention as well. Know that you need to provide yourself with the necessary fuel or rest that will help you to get through the following week happy and healthy. Stress and busyness can be just as damaging as junk food and cigarettes. So, show yourself some kindness this weekend and think about what things will make you feel good about being you. Go see a movie, read all day, have a cocktail with friends, plan a date night, or enjoy a hobby you have long ignored. Whatever you choose to do, don’t allow your hectic schedule to overflow into the sacred space which is your day off. Though parents don’t really get any days off, we can still make allowances for ourselves. And those allowances will keep us balanced and blissful.
Have a safe and harmonious weekend.