I remember when my sister-in-law had her daughter and she was telling me about how her life was turned upside down several times a day and all of the statements from new parents about no sleep, no taking showers, yadda yadda… She reminds me often that I asked her, “When do you have time for yourself?” She looked at me with crazy eyes and laughed. Then, I had my own two children and realized that “time for myself” is about 10 min. at night before I pass out and this is still happening even though my kids are in school by now. Let me just add here that with your first child you say you don’t have time to take a shower and when you have your second you don’t know what you were talking about at the time. Take that shower!! It’s a gift to yourself!!

I digress. Time to myself is still the greatest gift I can give myself. As much as I miss my kids while I work, taking a few hours at home for myself even once a month, all by myself, makes me a much better person and rejuvenates me like nothing else.

One thing I realized the past two weeks is that I dropped a dress size and that was such a wonderful gift to myself. I noted in another post that hearing someone say you have lost weight is just wonderful but I want to add that browsing around a department store knowing you are a size smaller is an outrageous gift to yourself. Yeah, yeah – a bubble bath is good for the soul…  In the moment, THE BROWNIE will seem like a gift to yourself but feel the delight in feeling good about yourself and your accomplishments and THAT is a real gift to yourself.