My life is perpetual motion.
From the moment I rise in the morning until the time I collapse in my bed at night, I am doing something for someone, planning something for someone or preparing to do something for someone. From time-to-time that someone is me, but 9 times out of 10 it is for someone else - my job, my husband, my kids. Don't get me wrong, prepping and planning is something that The BadAssMama is good at and the OCD in me actually enjoys...most of the time.
Problem is, I do it ALL OF THE TIME.
I made an appointment with an incredible nutritionist earlier this week(@theSPEACHgal - check her out on Twitter!). As part of our first consultation, she had me complete a lifestyle questionnaire covering topics like what kinds of foods I eat, how much exercise I get, what medications I'm on. During our conversation, she asked me to walk her through a typical day. I began with the standard 5am wake up call from Hurricane Victor, the rush to catch the 7:32am train, meetings-upon-meetings, rush to catch the train before daycare closes, homework, dinner, bath, bed. Lather, rinse, repeat. She asked me when I spend time with my husband or to just be still. The question left me a tad speechless, as I suddenly realized that I don't do much of either of those things.
Near the close of our conversation, she asked me to rattle off 3 things that I'd like more of in my life. I said that I wanted to eat for nutrition, not just weight loss (I have the how-little-can-I-eat thing down to an art. It's about time to actually view food as nutrition. Plus I want my boys to grow up eating real food, rather than subsisting on a diet of dinosaur-shaped meat and fish-shaped crackers...)I can't remember the second thing I said, but I closed with the fact that I wanted to find more time to relax. To focus on being rather than doing. To take some time every day to do absolutely nothing.
While I left the call feeling optimistic, slowly over the course of the week I learned that I don't really know HOW to do absolutely nothing. And even if I did, how could I possibly carve out time to do absolutely nothing with all the doing that is required to be a busy working mom trying to keep a household on track?
So, today The BadAssMama starts a new challenge and I invite you to come along. This week, I commit to carve out 15 minutes each day to do absolutely nothing. To sit still, breathe and just be. To think, reflect, relax.
I don't know about you, but the thought of doing nothing is kind of stressing me out...and that's EXACTLY why I need it.