Me Time

Sometimes when I need some time for myself, I read a book.

Sometimes I sew. Not very often these days, but sometimes.

Sometimes I’ll leave Manchild sitting on the couch, waiting for someone to get him his breakfast, and go for a run. (Don’t worry, Micah is asleep in the next room.)

Sometimes I’ll bake and do dishes while listening to a podcast and (mostly) tuning out Manchild’s incessant chatter.

Once, I went shopping. For me. But it didn’t count because I had to take Squish with me and it ended up being less time for me and more time for me to chase him around the store.

Sometimes I make plans to organize a girls’ night, or to put the boys to bed early and watch shows on Hulu, or to work on that essay that may never get finished. And they never really happen. Because really, I only have enough “me time” to make the plans, but not enough time to execute them.

What do you do when you need some time for yourself?

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  1. I leave the boys with their good old dad or hire a girl from the ward and straight up TAKE IT. Just take it. Go somewhere and write something in a cafe with some hot cocoa. You will feel cool, promise. And you will be refreshed and better. Take it my friend.

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    lizzie Reply:

    I feel cool just thinking about it. There was a cafe close to our old place, but nothing I’d feel nearly so cool sitting in and writing near our new place . . . but it would be worth a little bit of a trek if I got to feel that cool. And write. And drink hot chocolate.

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  2. Reading. How did I not know about all the wonderful books in the world until I was an adult?

    And if I lived somewhere else, I would go hiking. It’s what I did for me-time for four years in Utah and it never let me down.

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    lizzie Reply:

    I suppose I should keep better track of your Goodreads shelf if I want to find some of those wonderful books . . . not that I haven’t found a few of my own, but I totally trust your judgment and love to know what’s going on in your head.

    Hiking also sounds wonderful. I can imagine that one day we will make it a priority to live somewhere close to some good trails, for our sakes as well as for the boys.

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  3. This sounds all to familiar….like I have thought this many times.

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    lizzie Reply:

    Okay, Shiloh. As soon as you can leave the baby, we’re planning a standing girl’s night at some centrally located place . . . anyone who can make it is welcome. (Or maybe we can just plan to make plans . . . .)

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  4. I get so freakin cranky when I don’t take it, which has been happening for a couple of months now. I made a deal when my firstborn was about 4 months old … I get one night ‘off’ a week, and so does my husband. Set night, unless agreed to otherwise, I get tuesdays and he gets thursdays. (he often gets more than that when he’s working at his studio, but at least one … ) and the deal is that i can leave as soon as he gets home, and not come home until i please. if i can swing the money i LOVE going to movies by myself, it’s kind of spoiled me for going with people, which is really rare anyway. sometimes it’s a coffee shop and a book, or visiting a friend, or i stay home but don’t do any of the kid/dishes/etc stuff and veg on the computer or rent a movie and curl up in bed with chocolate. Having it be a fixed time really helps, so we’re both expecting it and plan around it. Still really easy to find reason why it can’t happen though, like client work or homeschool planning or whatever, life does get in the way. always happy and refreshed when I do though!

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    lizzie Reply:

    That sounds like such a great plan! Having a set night off every week would be ideal, I think. So far the best I’ve been able to do is yoga at the Y while the boys are in child watch, but maybe I’ll see if I can work out something better. Thanks for sharing.

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  5. what if one of us makes the plan, and then the other can make sure we follow through. its a two part process, we can divide and conquer and come out winners.

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