April 29, 2014

Not a sidekick person

Life is full of twists and turns, as we all know. Lately, it feels like my life has turned a corner - the ante has been upped  and I've really got to kick some butt. It's been a long time since I've felt like this. I mean, when I had T, my whole world changed and I had to step into a brand new role, that of being a mother. Well, ten and half months in, I've realized how all consuming being a mother is. I wouldn't change it for the world - I'm so blessed to have the sweetest boy in the whole world as my son - but somewhere along the way, taking care of myself became a lost priority. I mean, when you feel like you have no time for yourself, it's damn hard to make it a priority.

The past few months have been difficult, to say the least, on a very personal level. In talking with friends about the hardships we've been going through, I've been so thankful for the support and love from so many. But one piece of advice that one person continually tells me each time she checks in with me is "take care of yourself". The first time she told me, I blew it off "yeah, yeah, yeah, I know". The second time she told me, I stopped in my tracks and asked myself "am I really taking care of myself?". The third time she told me, I decided she was right, I need to take more time for myself. Yes, especially when life is throwing some heavy stuff at you, but also every day no matter what is going on. It's important to make time for yourself.

It may seem like a small realization, but for me it was huge! Like all of a sudden, the kick butt action girl was kind of back. Like, I've been empowered to be the hero and not the sidekick to all of life's ups and downs. Like, this red-headed lady does have a say and will make the best go of things, not only for the sake of her family, but for the sake (and sanity) of herself.

image via The House That Lars Built

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