October 29, 2014

Time for Mama

It's hard to believe it's almost time for trick-or-treat. I can't wait to watch my little one guy trot around our neighborhood all dressed up. I think my heart just squealed! 

But now onto the reason why you're really here - the Mamas Tell All Linkup! And this week is extra special because Jordan from Western Homestead is co-hosting!  

There are so many ways for you to join the fun. If you're a blogger link up with us. If you're 
not, leave some comment love and join the conversation. Just make sure to follow the hosts and co-host and if you're a blogger put the button in your post and on your sidebar! Read some of the other posts and leave some comment love...you may learn a thing or two, and you'll definitely meet some amazing mamas!

The Hosts

Everyday Thoughts The So-Called Homemaker That Southern Mama Brittany from Everyday Thoughts Christine from The So-Called Homemaker Ashley from That Southern Mama


Jordan from Western Homestead

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The Topic
Never Would I Ever, Until I Did - What things did you swear you'd never do as a mom and why (no pacis, no TV, etc.)? 

When you become a mom you commit to a lifetime of change. The world no longer revolves around you - now your little one becomes the center of your universe. Your everyday is based on their needs and happiness, leaving little to no time for mom moments. Gone are the days of workouts, reading books, bubble baths and slow-cooked dinners. Date nights are planned and late-night work projects are put on hold all for a worth-while sacrifice. But it's still important to find time for yourself.

Much easier said than done.

It's difficult for me to find time for myself. When I blog or workout or try to read a book it's typically done while my little guy is asleep. And even these things get pushed aside when the dishes are dirty or the laundry lay in piles screaming to be cleaned. Personal time is just not on my priority list.

Since my personal time is about 1/100 of what it used to be, it's more important than ever that I take full advantage of it. Prior to children I was constantly busy, dabbling in different interests and involved with several different organizations. With far less available "me time" it's of the utmost importance that I figure out my own personal interests and I spend personal time doing things that I truly enjoy.

Early on after becoming a mom I fell into a trap where I tried to maintain the same number of interests in my spare time. I was exhausted and I was disappointed. I felt like I was running in unnecessary circles never really satisfied with my quiet moments. I still haven't perfected the equation but I've absolutely refined it. I focus on things that bring me joy, things that I find relaxing and things that help me become a better mom, wife and person. 

Make sure to join us next week to discuss: Planning for the Future - Do you have a living will, guardianship and college saving funds in place. What's necessary and how do you make sure your child is prepared for the future?  

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  1. I love this whole post, but especially this line: When you become a mom you commit to a lifetime of change. Truer words were never said!

  2. Love it, mama time def is not on the top of the priority list!

  3. I think as our children get older, we'll be able to restart some of those interests we let go of - or pick up new ones!

  4. "Much easier said than done." FOR SURE! I definitely put myself last. I've said it a million times on the blog. I think it helps that we're supporting each other and making sure we take the time that we deserve.

  5. So true! Even if it's only 5 minutes here and there we need to refresh every once in awhile and remember we're better mama's when we have some personal moments to ourselves.

  6. Great point! I'm happy to let go of them for now so that I can spend more time with my son but I know I'll enjoy revisiting them in the future too!

  7. Never is.... but it's so necessary

  8. I think saying YES to what is truly important and narrowing it to The Best Yes (there is a book about this that I want to read!) It is so hard not to do everything you may enjoy doing, but you do have to change and adapt -- great reminder!

  9. Yes! Time is precious and I'll more aware of how i want to spend that time. If a tv show sucks, I won't bother, if a book doesn't grab me in the first chapter I won't read it! That bathtub looks AMAZINGLY wonderful!