I sure did.
A whole week has passed since the 7 for 7 blogging challenge ended, and I managed to let every day slip by without writing. Even though I learned through the challenge that I have to be super intentional about making time to write, somehow time just got away from me. Again.
But tonight our family is on the precipice of the return to normalcy. The big girls go back to school tomorrow, and I am more ready than I have ever been for rhythm and routine and steadiness.
We'll hit another big milestone this week: the babies turn 6 months old on Wednesday! The fastest and longest of my life. And to celebrate, I'm planning to devote a month to self-care.
Because honestly, y'all, I wish I could find some way to capture with words how quickly my days go by. There are some days when we reach dinnertime and I'm not 100% sure if I've stopped to use the restroom. So while this plan may not seem radical to anyone else, it absolutely will be a challenge for me.
For the next month, I'm living within these boundaries Monday through Friday (weekends are always wild cards, and that works best for the part of me that craves spontaneity):
1) Most importantly, I will not do anything during the babies' nap times that I can do while the babies are awake. The whole challenge hinges on this guideline. So no doing dishes or laundry or housework during the sweet, quiet moments when the boys are snoozing.
2) During naptime (and after bedtime, I suppose, if I have the energy), I'll choose from this list of acts of self-care to nourish and nurture my body, spirit, and soul:
* reflective moments in prayer and worship
* practicing yoga
* artistic/creative projects (I have so many works in progress, I could spend a YEAR on these and never catch up!)
Because lack of accountability is my downfall, my plan is to report here each day what I've done toward self-care. This is the part that spooks me a little bit, but it's so necessary.
I'm nervous and excited and skeptical and hopeful. And so I guess we'll see how this goes ...
(And I'd love to hear what it is that YOU do for self-care? What replenishes your heart and soul, and how often do you make time for it?)