Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. All opinions are my own.
Today is my 41st birthday, and like most people say, the 40s are an enlightening decade. I’ve gone from being concerned about what others think (teens and early 20s) and figuring out who I am (late 20s and 30s) to now, where I know who I am and who I want to be. I still do care what others think, but it’s not my primary concern.
One thing about being a mom is that it’s easy to forget to take care of yourself. My 30s went by as a blur because of being super busy and exhausted with my kids. I won’t let that happen to my 40s. I’m already one year in, and I’m already happier and healthier. I’m embracing ME – unique ME. I’m proud to be ME.
So what does embracing ME mean? First off, those things I always disliked about myself (particularly my height) are now things I embrace. After all, my children, who I love more than anything, share the qualities they’ve inherited from me. In the past, I would be disappointed that a great pair of shoes doesn’t come in my size. Now, I head to the children’s section, where they fit well, AND are cheaper. I’m also focused on taking care of myself. After learning that my cholesterol was over 300 (!), I went on cholesterol-lowering medicine prescribed by my doctor, and have started a fitness and diet routine (good news – just 6 weeks later and my cholesterol went down 100 points!).
But embracing ME is more than diet and exercise. As a freelancer, I was working almost every spare minute I had. But now, I am taking more time for simple things – things like enjoying a cup of tea, taking the dog for a long walk, and sitting out on my deck (on a warm day anyway!). I find that taking ME time actually makes me more productive, because it rejuvenates me. It also makes me a better mom.
Are you taking some ME time this year?
Celebrate ME Day, March 16th, 2015. Created by domain .ME, ME Day promotes the values of diversity, tolerance and freedom, as well as self-appreciation and importance of taking care of ourselves.
This post was sponsored by domain .ME; however, all thoughts and opinions are my own.