Hello beautiful bay area mothers! Are you a new mom? do you stay at home with your kids? Do you sometimes feel like a fish out of water not having a schedule to abide by or even a loss if identity after leaving the work place? First and foremost, I want you to know you aren’t alone. Leaving work to stay at home is a huge adjustment for everyone, but especially for mom, or the parent who is choosing to stay home.
Before I quit my job, I dreamed of the days where I would have playdates scheduled, crafts planned out for the month, nicely manicured nails and a spotless home. I would have time to do everything I needed to and then everything I wanted to. Does that sound familiar to anyone?
When I finally grew the courage to quit my 9-5 job to stay home with my little loves, I was shocked at the uneasiness I felt. I was baffled that taking time to shower was a struggle, let alone craft activities for the neighborhood children. It was a metaphorical slap in the face. I felt myself sinking, but wasn’t sure how to get back up. How many bay area mothers know what I am talking about?
I lost a sense of myself when I quit my job and I think it is a safe bet to assume that most readers know exactly what I am talking about. When I removed the structure out of my day, everything fell apart and I stopped being cared for. So what did I do?
I started with thirty minutes. Thirty precious minutes that I took every single day, no exceptions to get active. I started with workout videos or running with the girls in the jogger. Giving myself these thirty wonderful minutes eventually led to structuring my day around my workout. It forced me to shower, daily. I had to get the girls down at a certain time so I could pull out my PiYo dvd and get to work. I started planning my workout the night before which led me to plan other things like chores and activities. I set water goals for myself and soon after goals for my nutrition came along. I joined a few online accountability groups that were full of other mommies who I could relate to. I learned how to meal plan for the week and stay on budget with my groceries. I learned so much in a short time all because I started with thirty minutes.
No more excuses, no exceptions and sometimes that means telling other people “no”. Don’t let it disappointing others make you feel guilty. If you aren’t taken care of, what you have to offer other’s isn’t your best. Take care of YOU and watch everything else fall in place
So, bay area mothers, if you are feeling lost, uncared for, unhappy, lonely, or unhealthy, start with thirty minutes and see where it takes you.