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!
Additional moments to myself that I cherish:
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.