Monday, November 5, 2012
30 Days of Gratitude: Day 5 (Me Time)
It may not be appropriate to be grateful for a purely selfish reason, but I'm going to give it a try because this one's a biggie for me. I am grateful for Me Time. (I don't usually think of it in capital letters, which is corny, but for easier reading I thought I'd give it a try.)
If you are a regular reader of this blog, you probably have gathered that things are going well these days. I'm in a good place, both physically (see here) and mentally (and here). I credit most of that to Me Time. With no job and both kids in school full day, I have found time to develop some new hobbies and interests, take some classes, exercise regularly, and read more. The results are tremendous.
I knew I was in pain, but I didn't know how sluggish I felt until I started exercising regularly; now I feel neither. I didn't know how much I missed learning things until I took some photography classes and tried to learn to blog; now I feel more engaged. I didn't know I was creative until I started taking photos, writing, and tackling the occasional home decor or craft project; now I've discovered a whole new aspect of my personality and ways to satisfy this urge to create something. I always knew how much I enjoyed a good book; now I have time to read more of them.
I know there are times when my husband and children wish I focused more on them than on these things. I try to confine most of my Me Time to alone time, but it does trickle over, especially in the hours after the kids go to bed. I try to moderate and give my family my full attention most of the time, but I don't always succeed. However, while they may be tired of seeing me in front of the computer or with a camera in hand, I think they would agree that I'm better for it. I'm happier. I'm nicer. I'm a better me. And it's all thanks to Me Time.