Me Time: Past, Present, and Future

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"Me time" is a treasured luxury that isn't seen too often in this house now-a-days. Pre-Marriage, "me time" was all day everyday. But when I wasn't dong homework, chores, or church activities, my favorite leisure activity was running. I could walk out my front door, run a half marathon, and come back home acting like I didn't just spend the last hour and a half of my life running. 

Now, there is no such thing as an hour and a half of running. We have two kids, my husband works, and does school full time (have I mentioned how excited I am for graduation in December?!), there are church callings to be fulfilled, housework that needs to be done, and little children who rely on me for their needs. If I'm lucky, "me time" is usually 15-20 minutes in the bathroom before bed right now, but I wouldn't change it for the world. 

I do have goals and life dreams that I still hope to accomplish some day. I eventually hope to finish those last 10 classes that stand in the way of me and a bachelor's degree. I hope to be able to run the Boston Marathon before I'm 30. I hope to be able to make a steady part-time income that can wipe away our incredibly small fortune of student loan debt. But all that would require loads of me time that I'm currently not willing to take away from my family and other responsibilities.

However, this weekend I did manage to snag an hour to myself, and it was heavenly. I headed over to my closest Safeway store and grabbed myself the most recent issues of Instyle and People Style Watch (using a $1 off coupon from the Just4u portal, because we all know how much I love coupons... but this one is available while supplies last from 10/23/14-11/20/14, so hurry!) I then managed to get an entire 30 minutes to lay in bed skimming through the pages of those magazines. Turns out that was just what I needed to feel completely refreshed and ready to take on the new day ahead of me. While it would be nice to have loads of extra time in the day to accomplish something bigger than loading the dishwasher, I've really learned to be able to find joy in the stage of life that we're in right now. I don't mind being out of shape, the regret of not finishing my bachelor's lessens more and more with each passing day, and seeing my kids laugh, and learn new things is basically more than I could ever ask for. 

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