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Monday, January 08, 2007

All Work, No Play

Sound familiar? We’ve all heard the expression, maybe even joked about it. But do our lives reflect our commitments? Have we allowed work, responsibility and obligation steal the joy and inspiration from our lives?

For many, the answer is a resounding yes. But it’s not too late to turn it around. In fact, now is the ideal time to schedule in something new: time for you.

Schedule Time for YOU!
Whether it's exercising, writing, scrapbooking, Bunco, or golfing, put it in your calendar and keep the appointment. Even if it's just once a week or even once a month, having something that you know you can count on to rejuvenate and inspire you is vital. You will not be able to think or live creatively if you do not make time to do those things that inspire, encourage and uplift you. You will in fact allow yourself to become drained to the point that you are no longer able to give or create because of the lack of creative energy coming in.

Here are a few simple suggestions:
  • If you crave girl time, set a standing coffee date with a girlfriend. You probably both could use the time together and keep each other accountable.
  • If you really want to get your pictures in photo albums, call your local scrapbook store and find out when they’re open. Most stores have a weekly or bi-weekly crop that you can join. I go to my local scrapbook store every two weeks for Midnight Madness on a Friday night. I get scrapbooks complete, spend time with girlfriends, and get a break from the daily routine of my life.
  • If you’re a runner or love to workout, do it. Don’t break the date or miss your appointment unless it’s an emergency. You deserve the time. Even if it's just a quiet walk outside in the morning before things get crazy.
Whatever it is that you crave and know you need to keep yourself sane, please do it. Make it happen. While others in your life may complain or resist at first, do it anyway. As moms, we must begin to take care of ourselves at least as well as we take care of everyone else. They'll begin to see a happier and more inspired woman, wife and mom when you start to nurture yourself!

Tasra Dawson is an award-winning scrapbooker, author and international speaker. She has appeared on NBC11 and taught writing workshops at Barnes and Noble. As an entrepreneur, wife, and mother, Tasra understands the demands on time and energy faced by career women and busy moms. In Fall 2006, Dare Dreamer Press released her book, Real Women Scrap: Create the Life and Layouts You’ve Always Wanted.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Nice article Tasra. Thanks!

pandacanup said...

Great advice--practical and heartfelt. Thanks for sharing...and thanks for the comment on TC.