Weekly snapshots of life in 2016
This weekend’s weather is the stuff autumn is made of — sunny, slightly cool in the morning but warm enough in the afternoon to allow for a brisk walk without a jacket or sweater. I tried to break away from the routine of just doing school/activity-related events that we’re stuck in these days. I felt like I just needed to do different things to avoid feeling trapped in our current lifestyle as well as rekindle whatever creative juices I have in me. Plus, the current political environment is so charged right now that I feel I need to distance myself a bit from toxic but constant bickering buzzing everywhere these days. So I ended up seeing a movie, The Dressmaker, going out to dinner at a local tapas restaurant with Richard and insisting on a family outing that has nothing to do with our ordinary gig during the week. And I can tell you that with just some minor adjustments, I feel recharged and energized to start the week.
Why do we, as parents, feel that we need to sacrifice our needs and priorities for our family and children? I know as mothers we are usually the glue that holds the family together. However, I do believe that for us to effectively parent, we need time to honor ourselves — our desires, passions, and all. We need this vitality and energy to inspire our children who often look at us to model their own behaviors. Do you often find time for yourself? What do you usually do to recharge your batteries? I’d love to know.
Few highlights from the week…