Even when you can’t leave the home behind what do you do at home with a houseful of children to find some time for you?
Finding time for myself has always been a teeter totter for me. When the kiddos were younger … it was actually easier for me. I could pack a few snacks, a book and a toy or two, plop them into the jogging stroller, lace up my trainers and head out for a run. We were comfortable running together in this way for 8-10 miles! Frequently, they would even nap while I pounded the pavement. It was perfect!
As they grew, it became more and more difficult for me to push 100+ pounds. They also grew increasingly less content. Finding time to run alone became a struggle. I thereby began to look forward to the time they could accompany me on their bikes.
This isn’t really possible when they are still using training wheels – too slow. Buddy just recently found success in riding without training wheels. I am now looking forward to running again throughout the summer.
Additional moments to myself that I cherish:
Morning: In the mornings, DH wakes me when he departs for work usually by 5:45 a.m. I often make him breakfast then I get my coffee and head to the computer. My kiddos generally sleep until 7 so I have an hour or so to blog (my online journal) and reflect. This is also the time in which I prep lessons and prepare for the day.
Exercise: I feel so recharged & healthy taking care of my physical self. I swear I feel more energetic and youthful on days in which I’ve been able to exercise. I swim three days a week and hope to resume running three days a week as well. Presently, the runs have been intermittent and irregular. I vow to change that.
Quiet Hour: Many of my friends (both homeschoolers and non) do this … 30 minutes to an hour of quiet time in the middle of the day. Time to settle down. Quiet our thoughts. Our bodies. Recharge. We need to do this. I think this would really help Buddy focus and have fewer conflicts. We are ‘on the go’ so frequently, however, this will be difficult.
Hobbies: I love blogging. I love to write, to network, to read. I take photos and enjoy creating digital scrapbook pages. I love to read … novels, books about teaching and running. I use my love of technology (digital scrapbooking) and blogging to head-up the yearbook for Central Oregon Homeschoolers. This year, I will also be a part of a small team of administrators for our new homeschool community website (forums, blog, calendar, etc.)
Night: When I read, it is usually when everyone else is in bed. I love cuddling up with a good book and being transported to another time … another place. As a part of my passion for reading, I participate in a woman’s book club and we meet once a month to discuss the book (of course) and to just be together as women. It is a great outlet for me and an opportunity to connect.