Quick disclaimer: This post was supposed to be uploaded a few days ago, but I wasn’t able to upload it on time because of some unforeseen issues. Although this post is late, I pray that all of you wonderful mothers had a great Mother’s Day!
Allow me to start by screaming HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY to all of you strong, beautiful, go-getting mothers out there! Being a mother has to be the most rewarding, stressful, fun adventure there is. I pray that your mother’s day, and every day following, is filled with appreciation, love, and some much-needed relaxation.
My husband and I have two energetic children together; A son, who is three years old, and a one-year-old daughter. Those little ones keep me busy and learning new things constantly. Although they drive me completely insane sometimes, they bring me so much joy. I could be having a rough day, but to hear them laughing and running around having fun cheers me up almost every single time.
Motherhood has taught me three important things so far: taking breaks is necessary, being a mother shouldn’t stop you from going after your dreams, and a good night’s sleep and exercise allow for better, more productive days.
I always thought that taking a break from my kids meant that I was a bad parent. I learned well into being a parent that it’s okay to ask for some time away from your little ones. I love my kids, but sometimes I need a break from being a mom for a moment.
In those rare moments that I get to myself, I tend to:
- Go to the gym
- Take a long, hot shower
- Enjoy a peaceful car ride
To all of you moms out there, take a break! Do something that brings you happiness. Grab a cup of coffee, go to the spa, treat yourself to lunch. Whatever you decide to do, make sure you enjoy it.
I gave up on my dreams of pursuing a career in writing and furthering my education when I became a mother. With everything that was going on around me, I didn’t feel like I would have the time to study.
Last year, I let go of the excuses and got to work. I got back into writing. I’m in the process of completing a couple of books, my blog is up and running, and I’m pursuing a couple of certifications. I know it’s a lot of work, but I refuse to give up on myself and my dreams. It requires sacrifices, but I know that in the end, everything will work out for the best.
Lastly, good, uninterrupted sleep plus a sweaty hour in the gym is the perfect combination for a great day. With the kids sleeping peacefully through the night, I’m able to sleep through the night as well. When I cannot make it to the gym, I utilize the equipment that we have at home to get my body moving. Exercising is the equivalent of a cup of coffee for me.
One last thing I would like to mention is emotional breakdowns are bound to happen. When they do, call on someone you trust to help you through it. It’s okay to cry. It’s okay to release the pent-up emotions and frustrations you have inside of you. Talk about what you’re feeling, let it go, and say this encouraging message:
“I’m a wonderful mother. I do my best every day. My kids are happy, healthy, and growing stronger and smarter by the minute. I can do this!”
What’s one thing great that happened to you on Mother’s Day? Let me know in the comment section below. Have a great day!