by Jill Kemerer
How often do you do something just for you? As a mom and wife, I tend to make my family my top priority. I’m grateful for them. But it’s all too easy to lose sight of what I want to do or even be aware of what my soul craves. My family likes seeing me happy. It’s my responsibility to take care of my needs, too.
Last weekend we had no plans. No plans!! When does that ever happen? Not very often in my world! My husband and son went off to do man-stuff on Saturday, and my daughter had to work, so I was left to my own devices for a few hours. I’d finished reading a book the previous night. I was in no mood to clean (I’m NEVER in the mood to clean). Did I mention it was hot as blazes outside?
For the first time in eons, I didn’t know what to do with myself. I had a few errands to run, but afterward, I thought about the little projects I’d been putting off. Suddenly I knew exactly what I would do.
Our hall pictures needed a change. Last fall I had spent a few hours at a local park, taking pictures of the gorgeous fall colors, and two of the shots were so pretty I had 8 x 7 prints made up. The prints had been sitting in my office closet, unframed, neglected. But Saturday, I replaced the existing pictures with my pretty fall park pictures. It only took twenty minutes, but it made me very happy!
To keep the momentum going, I browsed a local consignment shop and splurged on a few fall items. Again, these leisurely hours made me ridiculously happy.
Sometimes we need to take twenty minutes to replace a few pictures or browse a store to our heart’s content. These little things affirm that we value ourselves, that our needs are just as important as our family’s. I learned long ago that no one was going to come in and force me to do the things I love. It’s my duty to make time for myself.
What have you been putting off for “when you have time”? Can you make that happen soon? Do something for yourself!
Have a wonderful day!