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This morning I was awakened by a flying three-year-old who landed squarely on my stomach. He and his five-year-old brother were playing tag and had decided that my bed was the free zone. This, my dear readers, is my life as a mother of four. I have always wanted to be a mother. I love my children with a fierce devotion. And it took me a long time to figure out that I can love my children, do everything that I can for them, and still take time for me. In fact, taking a little time for me has become an important part of my mothering. Remember the old saying, "if Mama ain't happy, ain't nobody happy"? That saying is full of wisdom.
I am a better mother if I don't neglect myself. But, here's where the hard part comes in. How, as a busy work-at-home mom do I find the time to take care of myself while still accomplishing everything else on my agenda? Well, I think I figured that part out. And it's pretty simple. I can't FIND the time. I have to MAKE the time.
There are two things that I need to do for myself on a daily basis that make me a happy Mommy. First, I need to take time to blog. It's a bit of an obsession for me, you see. (You all wouldn't know anything about that, would you?) And second, I need to exercise. My latest fitness infatuation is with a certain dance-inspired exercise class. I have a terrific hubby that doesn't mind if I go 4, count 'em 4, nights a week to the gym for that class. Never mind the fact that it doesn't start until 9 pm and all my kiddos are in bed. He still gives up seeing my charming face for an hour while I go work out. But he benefits, the kids benefit and I benefit from the fact that I get my endorphins going, I get in better shape, and I get happy!
So if there's nothing else you take away from this post, I hope you take away the fact that no matter how busy you are (and we're all busy) making time to take care of yourself will not only benefit you, but those you love as well.
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