Mighty Mommy Monday

It’s Mighty Mommy Monday! Abbie of Farmer’s Daughter and I have decided to challenge you on a weekly basis.  Claim the Mighty Mommy title for yourself — every day, not just Mondays. Every week, we’ll host a link up for you to tell us what you’re doing to take care of your health: workouts, menu plans, how to keep your family active, etc. I’ve set a few goals for 2014, but my biggest is to swim a total of 30 freestyle miles this year! Join us!


You know how when you make a decision that you honestly believe in your heart of hearts is for the best even though every one thinks you are nuts and your heart aches a little bit over the decision? Were you right? Did you wimp out? Could you have pulled it off? And then… days, weeks, even months later, you realize that there was a purpose for your odd decision. Things begin to fall into place and suddenly you want to go back and tell all those eyerollers what’s up.

I’m writing this post after an afternoon of raking leaves. Muscles I haven’t noticed since my college anatomy class are aching. I am counting the minutes until my littles head to bed. I had planned to work on a quilt tonight, but nope. I’ll be propped up in my bed with my journal and maybe a little bit of Gilmore Girls until… 9? I don’t know. I’m kinda wishing it would be cool for me to crash before 8.

I dropped out of several activities a few weeks ago and started turning my phone off in the evenings. I stopped answering emails after 9 and my texting dropped off dramatically. I am re-focusing on creating a peaceful home for my family and protecting myself. From what? Drama. Sick. Over-extension. Resentment. Oh yes. I decided that it doesn’t matter how many times I week I’m at the gym if I’m not taking care of my spirit and soul. And for someone like me, the recharge time is very important to my inner health.

Wouldn’t you know it that in the last two weeks we were given some news about my son’s health that is overwhelming? As in, hyperventilating while I paced the house overwhelming.

BUT, I’m going to bed at a practical hour every night, I’m eating breakfast {!!!} and I’m slowing down. I’m learning that we get a warning before we need to listen to our bodies… in my case, the warning is an unsettling when I look at my calendar and it’s too full. I’m glad I listened to my body and took the time out I would to draw from later! Tonight, I won’t be in bed by 8, but I won’t be stretching myself to the limit.

Come back tomorrow so I can share my “Balance Bath” essential oil recipe with you!

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