One thing I took away from the conference and that I have tried to emphasize in my life recently is the importance of taking care of myself as a mommy and doing things to "refuel" me so that I can do a better job of taking care of my children and my husband. Lisa has written a book that is entitled "Taking Care of the Me in Mommy" that I thoroughly enjoyed reading because it gives wonderful advice in this area. Since reading this book, I have tried to do a better job of setting aside a little bit of time each day just for me in order to recharge myself. I don't always do a good job of it, but I try and am better for it when I do.
I also recently read an article in my "Today's Christian Woman" magazine about practical, inexpensive ways to pamper yourself. Here are some of my favorites:
- get a manicure at a local beauty school
- take a 20-minute nap under your softest blanket
- buy a fresh-cut flower arrangement to display in your home
- give yourself a foot massage and then paint your toenails hot pink--even though it is the middle of winter
- relish a pint of expensive ice cream from your grocer's freezer (I can't WAIT to try this one!!)
- start a journal of blessings--write down something every day you are thankful for
- spend some time in prayer with the One who loves you best
If you are in need of a "re-charge", give one of these a try, or use one of your own ideas. But don't forget to take care of YOU--your children and your husband will thank you for it. And if you don't have children or a husband, I'm quite certain that someone special in your life will be glad you did!!
**If you have a favorite way of your own for taking care of yourself, I'd love to hear it!