Tuesday, January 13, 2015

{sols} time to breathe


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Last week I shared my one little word for this year. My one little world that I will focus on all year. My one little word that will guide me this year. Just one little word ... instead of all those silly resolutions. My one little word for this year is ...

breathe

How thankful I was that I was already able to practice this one little word. School was cancelled last week due to the extreme cold for not one, not two, but rather three whole days. Daycare was paid for already for the week, so my girls went to "school" as we call it. (I had some mommy guilt.)

I returned home after dropping the girls off, and then I was able to

breathe

Without interruption. Without a "Mommy!! Come here!" Without a sound ... Until my phone rang with a wondering hubby, "Whatcha doing now? I thought you could ..."

"Hmm...that's a good idea. I'll add it to my list. We'll see ..." I replied. Click.

breathe

Time all to myself. Time to spend it the way I wanted to. Time to do the to do list or choose not to. Time I haven't had to myself since before the girls were born. What a beautiful gift of time to just

breathe

I organized and sorted and cleaned and dumped and filed and labeled.

breathe

I went to breakfast with a friend and talked and laughed and cried and enjoyed every minute.

breathe

I relaxed and put my feet up and snuggled under a blanket and read and closed my eyes and napped.

breathe

I focused on my breathing and inhaled and exhaled and inhaled and exhaled and focused on me.

Focusing on my breathing centered me to my core. I was more relaxed. I had more patience. I felt balanced.  I felt good.  And the mommy guilt was erased.

again, just breathe

{Go on now. Take a deep breath in. Just breathe. Right now.  In this moment. Feels good, right?}

13 comments:

  1. Good for you. Glad that it was three days of "me" time. You deserve it! Here's to being refreshed and starting a new year with a new frame of mind. Love ya, Mom

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  2. Your writing helped me breathe. :-) What a divine day and a great word. It sounds like that practice set you up for great focus on that one little word.

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  3. Isn't it amazing what some rest and breathing can accomplish.

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  4. I could just feel the lightness of this post. It is a great thing when we take some time for ourselves, especially when that guilt word stays away. I remember those days when my kids just plain wore me out, so I know how much you also deserved your day! Just keep breathing.....

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  5. I had 2 days to myself for the exact same reasons as you, Michelle. It. Was. Amazing. I, too, felt mommy guilt - but after a manicure, some shopping alone, and a good book... I felt much better. :) Breathe.

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  6. Good for you - everyone benefits when we give ourselves a bit of room to breathe!

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  7. I am glad for you. We all need some unexpected breathing days. And some planned breathing days.

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  8. I'm so happy that you had a chance to do this. Here's to more moments like this during the year. I like that breathe hints at a focus on self-care.

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  9. So glad you had these extra hours to just breathe! I took my extra days off to re-discover my gym! I am feeling great now too!

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  10. What a wonderful gift from mother nature! And thanks for sharing that deep breathing with us, Michelle. I'm so glad you had those moments!

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  11. Oh, it's so wonderful that you allowed yourself that time! I think it's vital for us - how rare do moms allow themselves any time to breathe? I'm glad you found some time during those Cold Days. We had 2 of them in Grayslake. I also snuggled under a blanket, read and then napped :)

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  12. Love your olw! Love that you took mommy time...I know how much that's needed and appreciated! Breathe...feels good!

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  13. I love your OLW. As a working full time outside of the house as well as in the house mommy, you really DO need to focus on breathing as well as sneaking a few, mommy time moments when you can in order to enjoy your many blessings.

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Thanks for sharing your thoughts.