Picture this all too familiar scene: it’s almost midnight, the kids are tucked away in bed, husband fast asleep, and I’m the last one awake. There’s a pile of laundry waiting to be folded and a few dishes in the sink to be washed (not to mention this post I’ve been trying to get to). Like every other evening the past few weeks, it was a late night at the ballpark. Three kids in soccer (on separate teams) is no joke, y’all! So here I am, again. Scrambling to get it all done.

Time. It seems to pass by a little more quickly everyday. The older I get, the more I realize what a tricky thing time is. We live in a culture that glorifies “busy” and the never ending commitments/obligations. Mommas – you know what I’m talking about! The cooking, cleaning, chauffeuring, sports/activities, birthday parties, schoolwork…. the list goes on and on. We pile one thing after another on our already

Most of us give of ourselves til there’s nothing left, leaving us depleted and drained. Our own health begins to take a backseat to our busy lives. We live on the promise of “tomorrow”. We’ll start that new diet tomorrow. We’ll hit the gym tomorrow. We’ll get to bed early tomorrow. You already know where I’m going with this — tomorrow never comes. 

Mom guilt tells us to say yes to everything for everyone else. Mom guilt says we’re wrong or selfish to even acknowledge our wants or desires. Mom guilt tells us we are not as important and our needs don’t matter. Don’t believe everything you think. Mom guilt lies! 

Taking care of yourself doesn’t mean me first; it means me too. Read that a few times. I. Am. A. Priority. You ARE a priority. Our health is a priority. Sometimes the hardest “no” to one thing is the best “yes” to something else. Let’s not let time own us. Let’s take off the “busy” badge that we proudly wear and make time for things that will last. Make time for YOU – mentally and physically! Go read that book, go cook that delicious, colorful meal that will nourish and fuel your body, get that workout in and let those endorphins flow. Because it matters; YOU MATTER. Start today and do something your future self will thank you for. Especially, during a time like this.