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1 Crucial Step To Balancing Motherhood

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Being a Mom is not for the faint of heart, but this one crucial step helps make balancing motherhood attainable, allowing you to be the Mom you dream of being.

Do you ever wake up exhausted?

You just roll out of bed tired and are immediately bombarded with demands. You’re already spent and it’s not even 8 am!

Mom!!! Where are my shoes??  (by the door where you left them, after being told repeatedly to put them away…

Mom!!!! What’s for breakfast??? (You’re capable of pouring yourself some cereal.

Honey!!! Did you iron my shirt? (yep it’s hanging in the closet or more likely than not – ironing was not done and I am scrambling to iron a shirt amongst the chaos.)

Some days I just want to go back to bed with a good book and maybe some chocolate and not move all day long.  Don’t Judge

But really, some days it takes courage to get out of bed and face the day!

This past year or so I started making some small changes that have made all the difference. I now wake up ready for the day and face it, not as a beaten down victim (at times that’s how I felt), but as a woman with energy and gumption to tackle and make the most of my day! I found my work/life balance my putting myself first and by doing so I became more proud and happy to be me.

Settle down…putting yourself first is a good thing! By taking care of You you’re able to be more balanced. Taking time for You helps you to take care of those who so desperately need you and expect so much from you! I LOVE this quote because it’s so true!

Women need solitude

We as women are givers. It’s part of our very nature to give, give, give and typically we don’t ask for much back in return. So taking time to focus on ourselves helps us to reset the scales of our lives and enables us to be in balance yet again.

When I first started setting aside real time for myself I felt guilty. I’m a mom, it’s in my DNA to feel guilty.

But I knew that I was either going to have a nervous breakdown or feel like a wreck all of the time if something didn’t change! I had to set aside time to put myself in timeout so that I could re-balance myself.  

So find your jam, whatever it is that makes you feel like YOU!! Not Mom, Employee, Boss, or Wife or whatever seems to be taking the most from you. For me, taking time every morning to workout is exactly what I need to find my daily balance. Driving to and from the gym by myself gives me time to think and enjoy quiet solitude. Once I’m at the gym, my earbuds go in and I work out the frustrations and problems that have been weighing me down. This time by myself brings me peace and energy to face and conquer the day ahead. Sometimes I sleep in and miss the gym and my day becomes disconnected and I feel “off”. This seemingly small act that I do on a daily basis has made all the difference in my life!

Some of you might think I’m the mayor of crazy town…wake up early and go to the gym?! CRAZY lady! And that’s OK! Find whatever it is that makes YOU happy.  Find something that gives you a chance to feel refreshed and ready to give back! It might be taking a little nap, reading a good book, taking a walk alone. Whatever it is, take time finding those moments to be alone with YOU! Take those Me moments and cherish them.

Just as much as you cherish those moments when the kids are all behaving and being lovable and kind to each other.


  1. I agree with everything you said in this post! I recently started getting up early in the morning and going to the gym and it has made me a better mommy! Just having that time in the morning to work out any stress & frustration has made a huge difference in my day to day life! I didn’t know about ME day, I may have to plan something fun! Thanks for sharing!

    1. Yay Stephanie!! I Love to see I’m not the only one who likes to wake up and get me sweat on 😉 I hope you spoil yourself on MEday!!!

  2. I think me time is essential to be a good mom, but it is hard to get it in sometimes so scheduling it is a must at our house.

  3. Stephanie I can’t tell you how true this is!!! It is so refreshing to take even a few minutes everyday and do something for just me!! I feel like I’m a better mom when I do!!

    1. So True Chelsea!! I am definitely a new woman after some ME time! 🙂

  4. It’s sooooo true that we naturally feel guilty about taking me time! So often I will get my son down for his nap (finally) and I feel like I should be doing all these things since I finally don’t need to be watching him…but honestly all I want to do is relax for a minute! We never get a break, so you really need to make yourself do it. And I totally agree with you…nothing is better than the gym! <3

    1. Nikki! It can be so hard sometimes to force ourselves to relax!! But so worth it! 🙂

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