I confess. This is one aspect of “organizing” that I fail at miserably.
I am able to care for many things: my husband, my children, my home, my ministry, my work – but I am always so far down the list that I usually don’t have the time to care for me as I should.
I want to start exercising again (seriously can’t believe I just typed that – but it’s true…surprisingly so!)
I want to be more consistent with my vitamins
I want to be more consistent with my weight loss
I want to be more consistent with shutting this screen down and relaxing
Here are 4 rules I have made for myself, that I am actually doing much better with
4 Ways To Take Care of Me
1. Set reasonable expectations – I tend to expect way too much of myself, and when I don’t succeed right away, I stop trying. I have learned not to expect my goal for me right now, but to expect the first step toward that goal. Once I’m at step one, I’ll expect step two – and so on.
2. Don’t compare – Really. Just stop it right now! You are not meant to be that other person. You are meant to be you! Find out what God meant for you to be, and be the best YOU that you can be. Be the best version of you, rather than a lousy copy of someone else.
3. Learn to quit – Until recently, I had no work hours. I worked when I found time, which was seriously 7 days a week. You will always find more you can do. The question is, should you do it, or should you do it right now. Set a work schedule, and when the time is up, its up. Then turn off the computer and wind down. Make time in your schedule to quit, relax, and hobby.
4. Me time – If you have kids, you know that “me time” never just happens. You will never find the time. So make time. You make time for everything else, don’t you? You make time to blog, write to a friend, clean that nasty corner you’ve avoided for the past 5 years. Well, make time for you. Really. Just do it. Ignore the dishes one night and sit down and watch Pride and Prejudice. Eat a ton of buttery popcorn and ignore the calories. The dishes will be there tomorrow. Sad but true.
The thing is this. Giving to ourselves should be as much a priority as giving to others, because when we give to ourselves, we are – in fact – giving to others. You are not an endless source of energy. Would that it was so, but it’s not. In order to give to others in ways that they need, we must also give to ourselves.
Take some time this week to reacquaint yourself with an old hobby (I will dig out my yarn and crochet hooks) and forget about the 100 things you have to do. Trust me, when you’ve recharged, you’ll find you have more energy to do those 100 things, than if you continued to run on the fumes of your “pre-kid” days.
And now for the party!!!!
Here are the “rules”
1. Link up as many posts as you’d like (even giveaways!)
2. Link up old posts you wish would have received more attention!
3. Link back here by posting my button in your post or sidebar – or with a link
4. Visit the post just before yours
The party runs through next Tuesday evening!
So have FUN!
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Rosilind, a Pacific Northwest native, is a missionary living in Croatia and married to her hero. Together they live in the country with their 2 active boys where she enjoys fruity candles and a hot cup of herbal tea on a blustery fall evening. She holds an Associates of Practical Theology and is passionate about discipling and encouraging women. Her passion for writing led her to author a number of books. She is the author of A Little R & R where she encourages women to find contentment in what God created them to be. She can also be found at these other places on a regular basis. You can follow her on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Google +.