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It’s all about me! And that’s ok… at least once a month anyways

January 3, 2010

The quest for balance as a mom isn’t something that I find very easy. Usually in an attempt to meet everyone needs, I end up ignoring my own. I forget to nurture myself. This is not a very good recipe for a happy, healthy family.  I once read a t-shirt that declared… if the mama ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy. To large extend I think that’s true. As a mom, our mood sets the emotional climate for the whole household. And what I’ve noticed is that when I spend too much time focusing on everything else, the kids, the house, work, my hubby… then I deplete my own stores and I end up feeling like I have nothing more to give.

So I decided as my new year’s resolution, that at least once a month I’m going to make at least one decision that puts me first. That lets it be all about me for a change.

The January decision : Return to Belly Dancing. I love belly dancing. It’s fun. It makes me smile. A lot. I really enjoy the company of my fellow dancers. I love my teacher. I love the costumes. I love the way I can move my body. I love how it makes me feel.

“Just look at how happy I am dancing.”Just look at how happy dancing makes me.

I haven’t bellydanced in far too many months. I miss it. So I decided to go back. This means that I will have to change the time of my prenatal yoga class back to Friday nights. The prenatal yoga was scheduled at the same time as dancing on Thursdays. This means I might lose a few students, but I’m hoping that everyone understands.

As for the decisions in the coming months… I will keep you post.

And I leave you with this question… this month, what did you do for you?

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Sarah permalink
    January 5, 2010 10:14 pm

    Hey Marie, good for you. I would also like to add I love the way your belly looks after 3 kids! You’re smokin’!!! I haven’t decided yet what will be for me this month, but I promiss there will be something. Thanks for the inspiration.

  2. Cheryl Lloyd permalink
    January 13, 2010 10:03 am

    Good for you Marie! We as mothers, wives and nurturers in not only our personal lives but our professional lives need time to nurture ourselves. Why is it that we often feel guilty about doing that? It’s not only a need but a necessity. Enjoy your belly dancing class!

  3. Aimee permalink
    January 18, 2010 9:57 am

    Marie, you look like you are having so much fun. I love the costumes. For me this year I joined a soccer group. At first I thought it would just be good exercise but after attending a few times I realized that it gave me new energy for my body and soul. It doesn’t matter what the activity is but that it nurtures a part of you. Thanks for posting, Marie.

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