On two separate occasions recently, my Dad and a good friend both asked if I was taking time for myself. Are they serious? Me time? What a joke.
It seems that for the past 6 months I have been living in a whirlwind. Between work, home, kids, blogging, and Blogalicious, I have barely had a chance to breathe, let alone find time for myself. I have literally been running every waking moment. It used to be that I would have an hour or so to unwind and relax after the kids went to sleep, but now that time is usurped by conference planning. I haven't even watched a full episode of Top Chef this season and you know how much I love Top Chef!
The pace of things is taking its toll on me though. I've been having skin breakouts and my upper back and neck is so tight and stiff that it hurts. I even decided to take off this past Monday as a "mental health day" and get my hair done (which is a frizzy mess right now) and a massage. Do you think that happened? No. I ended up spending the day running household errands and picking up kids from school. So much for me time!
But, there are two things keeping me afloat. The first is looking forward to a girls getaway in two weeks that I go on each year. The weekend is always very relaxing and a chance to come up for air. Of course, it's not the best idea for me to go away for a weekend right before Blogalicious and come back the very same day that Hubby leaves to go on a conference for work, but I'm taking it anyway. I know I'll regret not going and, more importantly, that I need to go. The other thing that I'm so anticipating is a Thanksgiving trip, just for me and Hubby, to somewhere warm and sunny. We haven't been on a trip alone together in years and we're trying to make it happen in November. Of course there's all sorts of logistical issues (i.e. What To Do With The Kids), but we know that we need to go, so we're going to do our darndest to make it work.
While fitting it in Me Time feels impossible, it really is crucial. In fact, tonight, I just might ignore my flooded inbox and catch up on Padma and my fave shows on Prime Time In No Time. Because after all, I have no time.