One of the biggest things I get out of my Mommy Time-Outs next to having some stress-free down time, is the opportunity to get back in touch with the woman I was before I became a mom. What I’ve noticed, however, is that it doesn’t happen quickly, much less automatically. I kinda have to work at it, at least right now. I have literally forgotten some of the things I used to enjoy doing, and the things I do remember, I have forgotten how.
Case in point, I used to write fictional short stories in my notebooks every night before bedtime. It wasn’t meant for anyone else but me, I just loved doing it. With three kids, that’s a lot harder to do, mostly because I just pass out at bedtime, with no energy much less creativity, to spare.
Yet on my Mommy Time-Outs, I am starting to get the hang of just relaxing (vs. worrying or feeling guilty about my kids) and doing certain mental exercises to reconnect with my creative side.
Now, instead of writing for myself and by myself, I am working on a fictional book with my husband, and I have dedicated my MTOs to working on the chapters. I am very excited about this, because it is what I used to do way back when, before kids, marriage and all that goes with it. Except this time, it is with my husband, and I love that.
So many wonderful things come out of having consistent MTO’s. What about you? Have you promised yourself to do a certain something on most of your MTOs to get back in touch with your old self? If not, what long-term plans do you have for your MTOs, if any? We would love to hear from you!