Okay people. I'm fired up, on board with the program and rarin' to go! BigDaddy gave me a Get Out of Jail Free card tonight so I took it and ran! I was literally gone for about 5 hours- marathon shopping. I don't look at the clock and I piddle. Piddling is something non-parents get to do. Singletons. People with Nannies. Parents with grandparents nearby. I rarely get the night to piddle.
So of course I went to Target! And Ollies (local closeout store) and Ross, and WallyWorld Can I seriously leave the house without visiting Walmart? No, not so much. I had a bunch of returns and lots of odds and ends. I wanted to get started on my Family Command Center and I grabbed school supplies from the Great Kindergarten Supply List. I also went to Panera and ate slowly, didn't have to share a stinkin' bite and drank all my own lemonade. It was fabulous. I piddled in the dollar zone. I piddled in the school supplies. I even piddled in the sports department- mainly because I had NO idea what medium sized, top floating, bass fishing lures looked like. Thankfully everyone is pretty friendly around here...
So at Panera, one of my most favorite places in the world, I sat eating my Pick-2 combo and watched the world go by from my outside bistro set chair. I thought a bit about this 30 Day Challenge notion. Did I want to do it? And what in the world would I set off to do everyday for 30 days. And finally it hit me. It was ME! I needed to focus on ME for 30 days and make that my new habit. Is it really too much to ask for 15 min. for me? So my 30 day challenge is.... drum roll:
Do something for myself for at least 15 min. everyday.
I also don't want it to involve food, like "make myself a yummy dessert, just for me" but it can be sit outside on my porch and enjoy the scenery with a glass of wine. Other ideas: take a bubble bath, read for pleasure, work-out, go for a walk, call a friend, meditate, learn how to meditate, play wii-- alone. Get the picture?
I love being with my family and doing things "as a family" but I've realized that everyone else's schedule/emergencies/problems dictate what happens in my day. I'm taking back 15 minutes dammit! everyday. For 30 days. Who's with me now??
* Photo courtesy of Gianluca Neri via Flickr.com