Anyway — when this happens I need a serious recharge. I think we all need this from time to time. For me, this means looking at all my responsibilities and making sure I’ve got my priorities straight. It is far too easy to let my roles as a dietitian and a mom come before my duties as a wife and a follower of Christ. It also means that I need to take more time for self-care, because it’s hard to give of yourself as a wife and mother when your teacup is empty. This is how I am trying to reprioritize my time this week:
- Time with God — It is vital that time with God comes first. Time in prayer and reading His Word is necessary to kickstart the day. Without it, I rely too heavily on my own strength which only leads to unneeded worry and anxiety. Read more on this in Phillipians.
- Time with My Husband — A while back I had a conversation with Doug about who's first priority — him as my husband or my little boy Liam. The first choice might be to choose children over a spouse as they are dependent on you from the beginning. However, it didn’t take long into motherhood for me to realize that my husband had to come first for me to be a good mother. “ [Children’s] sense of security grows as they see parents loving each other. To put your marriage on hold… while you raise children is not only detrimental to your marriage, but it is also devastating to your children.” Read more on putting your spouse first from Focus on the Family Canada. This week I’m working to keep a positive perspective and have more fun doing just the every day activities with my guy.
- Time with My Toddler — Next up on the list is my little buddy Liam. My aim is to spend less time “scrolling” [on the internet or social media] and more time living and being mentally present when I’m with him.
- Time for Myself — I don’t know about you, but it’s really hard for me to give myself time. You would think as a dietitian this would be easy. (You know — as we're always telling our patients/clients to make their health a priority…). It’s not. So in the spirit of recharging my life, I’m taking some time away to spiritually/mentally rejuvenate at the Women of Faith Conference in Buffalo this weekend with my mother-in-law!
- Time as a Dietitian — This is last on the list, not because my patients and career aren’t important, but because I’m already far too good at making this a priority. To keep my work balanced with my home life, I give 110% of myself on the job and am striving towards having my work stay at work. Also, my goal is to stick to only writing blog posts (or other career related endeavours) when Liam is napping or my husband is busy at night.
With that all that being said, I’m off to start this recharge with some rest and relaxation!